20/04/2024 11:14 PM


Tour The Wise Choice

20 Years of Sharing The World With Your Family

From the Desk of Jennifer Tombaugh

Do you remember your to start with assignment at a new task?  I undoubtedly do.

Tauck’s Vice President of New Business Improvement Dan Mahar (now our CEO) handed me a draft organization program on “family journey.”  “Here.” he claimed, “We experienced a cross-enterprise workforce set this alongside one another.  We have so numerous families by now traveling with us, and we consider we can both give anything unique for them and appease all those friends who do not want to vacation with youngsters.  It is a earn-gain.  Recall, unlike a concept park, the globe is our canvas.  We can assistance people link by handling all the logistics and difficulties of vacation.  They’ll have entertaining and share great memories with each other.   We want to pilot it upcoming 12 months.  You are heading to direct this.”  He gave me some marching orders, an open door for issues and direction and despatched me off.

I don’t forget my coronary heart racing and a zillion queries bouncing by way of my brain.  Recently relocated from an promotion job in Taiwan and recently married and childless, I actually didn’t know much about family journey, except my individual own activities.  My dad offered insurance policy and would earn incentive journeys, and he and my mother took my brother and me along.  Between all those and visits to my mom’s family in Germany, travel was normally a priority in my dwelling.  I threw myself into it and, with Dan and the enable of a solid of dozens at Tauck, we did pilot Tauck Family members Travel in 2002 (irrespective of the setbacks of 9/11, I should take note) and released Tauck Bridges in 2003.

Our to start with Tauck Bridges brochure…
…and our 2023 model.

Twenty years afterwards, significantly has modified.  I have 4 little ones (a single presently in college….in Switzerland!) and relished several different roles at Tauck.  But my passion and delight in Tauck Bridges only grows, and more than time, I have appear to appreciate–what we internally at Tauck call–the “shared enrichment” we offer even much more.  In particular presented the colossal obstacle of Covid, time with household is fleeting and precious.  Nothing—nothing—enriches lives far more than traveling alongside one another as a loved ones.  Viewing the ponder on my children’s faces and experience their exhilaration of strolling into a castle or palace or recognizing a leopard…or two…or three wins unmatchable smiles and reminiscences.

I also arrived to respect the ease of getting a person else do the scheduling.  Moms (Alright, some dads way too), you get this.  You are on the firing line of “What are we doing right now?  I really don’t want to do that!  How occur he receives to come to a decision?  Why is it taking so extended?”  I can honestly say I have hardly ever been happier touring with my household than when, right after 10 beautiful (exhausting, for me) times in Switzerland, which I invested arranging and executing with my partner, we arrived aboard Tauck’s Blue Danube spouse and children river cruise.  They questioned me all the identical questions, and I simply just claimed, “Go inquire the Tauck Director.”  Every thing was superbly planned, and we could all laugh, have a wonderful time and take it easy (even me!).  It was a present for all of us.  It authorized us all to be truly current with every other, and we nevertheless converse about that vacation and our incredible Bridges Tanzania safari.

We usually get letters from our company, but I can inform you that the types that shift us to tears are the kinds from our Bridges families. A grandfather who took his prolonged family members to Africa as a closing wish.  A seven-year-previous who sends a crayoned image of her spouse and children at the Grand Canyon. The grandparents who just take the identical trip with a distinctive grandchild each individual year and sends us the newest installment for our archival scrapbook.  Stories of young adults who have stayed in contact for a long time with friends they achieved on a Bridges vacation.  We even have workforce now who initially uncovered about Tauck as a result of a Bridges journey they took with their households!

I go to function just about every day driven by Tauck’s mission to adjust people’s life by way of vacation.  As I imagine about this platinum anniversary of Tauck Bridges’ start, I know for so several households, we are performing just that.

Warm regards,

Jennifer Tombaugh

Jennifer Tombaugh, President