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Syracuse April 24th at 6PM East Side Business Center 1201 East Fayette St, Suite 23 Syracuse, NY 13210

Open House Chairs and desks and computers OH MY! We moved! Now, we’ve been saying it for a few months but our office is finally all set up, decorated, and ready to go so... it’s time to celebrate!

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Adventure of the Vagabond


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NEW FEATURE Each month at the vagabondGALS meeting I will be presenting a “trip of the month”. These will be long weekend tours with an eye to an upcoming special event in a region. Trips will typically run Thursday to Monday and offer some fun activities to participate in while on the tour.

Call to RSVP 315.471.1305

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Join us for an open house on May 15th from 4-6pm at our new office location 1201 East Fayette Street, Suite 23, Syracuse, NY 13210. Come have some drinks and hors d’oeuvres with us and pick up some summer travel deals exclusive to our open house attendees! Email us:, we would love to hear from you. Happy Travels…Sally

The tour make take place by plane, train or bus depending on the selection. Hotels will be centrally located and there will be plenty of time to tour on your own during the weekend (or make group plans). Pricing will be under $1000 pp. So get out your suitcase and get ready to go. See page 7 for our first scheduled trip...





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Pacific Northwest and California Explore the majestic Pacific Northwest and California on this eight day adventure, from the wilds of Mount St. Helens and the Columbia River Gorge to the sophistication of Portland and San Francisco.



those who wonder are lost” J.R.R. Tolkien

Travel along Oregon’s beautiful Pacific coast. Enjoy an elegant dinner cruise on the Willamette River and experience Portland’s dazzling city sights and city lights. Shop at Pike Place Market, the famous fish and vegetable market interspersed with restaurants and shops. Take in the spectacular Columbia River Gorge and Bonneville Dam. Enjoy a nature stop at Gold’s Beach where you may spot bald eagles, cormorants, seals and blue heron. Visit Redwood National Park. Explore Eureka, a historic timber and fishing village. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and discover the “City by the Bay,” San Francisco.

8 Seattle 9 Olympia-Portland 10 Portland – Cascade Mtn 11 Portland– Coos Bay 12 Coos Bay-Eureka 13 Eureka– San Francisco 14 San Francisco 15 San Francisco

Westin Seattle Doubletree Lloyd Center The Mill Casino The Red Lion Eureka San Francisco Marriott

Price in air and land from SYRACUSE $2699 pp double $3399 pp single $2669 pp triple See full details


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Casual dress is appropriate for this tour. Be sure and pack for changeable weather. San Francisco is known for its crisp climate and fog!



Mother’s Day this weekend... Cortland Repretory Theater presents

Esperanza Mansion & Lunch Haven’t figured out what to do for MOM this weekend? Give her the gift of travel. Better yet, join her on this one day tour of the Finger Lakes including lunch at Esperanza mansion and a one hour boat cruise on Seneca Lake. The final stop is the Windmill Farm and craft market offering 100 vendors of fresh produce and fine crafts. Departs from Syracuse on May 17 $97 pp

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Leave the driving to us! June 25  Round trip motorcoach Dinner at Community Restaurant  Surprise stop!  Ticket to the show

$97 pp

ALASKA August 22-29 2014 Join Marcia P and her friend Kay as they explore Alaska in 2014. Sail aboard the Radiance of the Seas and enjoy her spectacular features including a 10 story glass constructed Centrum,

glass elevators facing the sea and the highest percentage of outside cabins in the Royal Caribbean fleet. The 7 night sailing begins in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada’s third largest city offering a variety of unique neighborhoods to

explore including Gastown, Yaletown, China Town and The West End. See trip details here!



vagabondGALS Online Club GET READY! The much anticipated launch of the vagabondGALS online club is on the horizon. A few years ago, when we started helping single women in CNY find suitable travel companions we had no idea it would end up growing be-

Create your personalized travel profile to share with other

yond our region. We realized vagabondGALS needed to expand to allow women from across the nation connect and plan trips.

An online platform is the next step in the process. Creating and

maintaining your own online profile including personal travel preferences, sharing tips hints and destinations you favor, and a chance to share your experiences with other female travelers will all be available in the new portal. JOIN TODAY!

Tell me more about vagabondGALS!

We all know a woman who would like to travel‌but doesn’t due to a lack of a suitable travelling companion

VagabondGALS gives you the ability to connect and meet with women who are also looking for travel companions! Using our new website you will be able to share your travel preferences and

top trip destinations to find a trip buddy that fits your lifestyle. This online portfolio of your trip possibilities and preferences will help you and others get to know potential travel partners. Not

sure about just an online profile? will also serve as a way to set up meet-and-greets in your area to get to know a potential travel partner or a group of travelers!

So, what can I do on Your Profile will tell other vagabondGALS about yourself. Share travel stories and your Travel Preferences to make sure you find the right companion. Use our LAST




travel bucket list to tell other members where you want to go, even create a potential itinerary for your trip! Share your past travels through photo albums and even





videos. Want to get started right away? Check out our project on to join now!






New On-Line Booking Tool pendently but wary of not busy, let us having the prohelp you tection providbook, on your time. ed by a travel agent? We have just the tool for you! This new feature is perfect for those who like to book their own arrangements via the internet. This new We know you’re

Are you a night owl or early riser that likes to get your planning done on your schedule? Like to travel a little more inde-

link (powered by EXPEDIA) allows you to book independently while still having the security of a personal travel professional behind the booking.

Hotels, cruises and tour packages are also available along with daily specials.

Do it yourself or full service… with

What are my options? Search for everything you need to plan your vacation! Flights, hotels, tours, cruises, even find promotions. Our new convenient site can help you find packages and deals at your convenience. Search a va-

riety of options at once to find what fits you best. This easy new tool allows you to play around with different trip options to select the vacation that best fits your travel group. Compare deals side-by-

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side to give you peace of mind knowing your getting the best deal. The best part—the security of your Vagabond Tour and Travel agent behind every

to choose!

How do I get there? Find this new tool at

come in and meet with vagabondtourandtravel.agent your travel agent, but knowing the kind of trip or by visiting our you’re looking for and website (vagabond your budget helps us and use save you time! Use this the links in the left hand col- tool to prepare for your umn. Of course, you can still meetings. Still not sure

about booking on your own? That’s fine too! Your local Vagabond Tour and Travel agent is always conveniently available to help plan your dream trip!




Book your UNIWORLD itinerary by May 16 and recieve $100 off your next river cruise!

Have you always wondered what a river cruise vacation is all about? Come to our special presentation on April 24 and discover what all the fuss is about. Luxurious accommodations, all inclusive pricing, daily included tours, and more have made river cruising the hottest ticket in travel today! Check out some sample itineraries below!

European Jewels Budapest to Amsterdam 15 days All Inclusive Discover Budapest, Wachau Valley, Vienna, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Wurzburg, Heidelberg, Rudesheim, Cologne, Amsterdam and cruise the Danube river. 4 countries with over 23 excursions to choose from and captivating onboard local entertainment.

Treasures of China and the Yangtze 12 Days Day 1: Shanghai Day 2: Shanghai, Shanghai museum Day 3: Shanghai, fly to Yichang Day 4: Maoping, cruise Yangtze River Day 5: Yangtze River, Daning River Day 6: Shibaozhai, Shibao Pagoda Day 7: Chongqing, fly to Xi’an Day 8: Xi’an Museum of Terra-cotta Day 9: Xi’an, Beijing, Temple of Heaven Day 10: Beijing, Great Wall Day 11: Beijing, Tiananmen square, forbidden city Day 12: Depart Beijing



NYC Jazz Trip Get Jazzed up and explore New York City with vagabondGALS!

“If it

Visit NYC with us! As the weather warms up, we’ll be getting down to some of the best jazz New York has to offer. We will visit a few key jazz museums and hear from some of the best underground jazz performers in the city. It will be a weekend filled with amazing live music, great food and some fun history! You don’t want to miss it! Check out some of the key stops below.

sounds good and

feels good, then it IS

good!” -Duke 

See jazz legend, John Batiste, perform live in Central Park! Take a tour of underground Greenwich Village jazz bands Tour the Louis Armstrong House Visit the Harlem Jazz Museum Eat up all Brooklyn has to offer at the Smorgasburg street food festival



Tour of Scotland and Ireland Come hear our guest speaker present the Scotland trip at the travel club meeting, May 29th.

SCOTLAND & IRELAND Summer 2015 You don’t have to be a mother/ daughter pair to join us, but I thought it might be fun to create an itinerary for this special relationship. I have two “teams” already in the wings!

Bask in the warm Celtic culture and majestic scenery of two remarkable lands. Come to know the regal city of Edinburgh, including Holyroodhouse Palace, the Queen’s official residence. Tour the Royal Yacht Britannia. Learn the secrets of making Scotch whisky and enjoy a tasting. Walk on the Giant’s Causeway. Drive the scenic Highlands along the shores of Loch Ness and cruise Loch Lomond. Visit the Titanic Experience Museum in Belfast and remember the century-old tragedy that shook the world. See Glenveagh National Park in Donegal. Delve into the history of Ireland at the Ulster American Folk Park. Close your tour with two nights in rollicking Dublin and head home after a traditional Irish Night farewell.



MEET Kristen Kristen’s interest in traveling started when she was a young child, taking several family vacations to destinations that included Europe, Disney, Kansas, New York City, and The Caribbean. Now as a Mom, she enjoys travels with her own three sons, exploring different parts of the world as a family. They also love to go camping, ski and they are all involved in martial arts. Kristen enjoys running half marathons and marathons, competing in a different city each time. To date, she has completed races in Disney World, New York City, Lake Placid, Chicago, and Raleigh. What a fun way to see different cities…on foot!

passion for Kristen has led to her being able to explore England, Germany, France, Switzerland and Belgium. She has also been to several

Islands, Jamaica, and St. Lucia. Kristen and her family have also been to Walt Disney World, Florida several times. Currently, Kristen is expanding on her personal experiences with Disney and the Sandals and Beaches Resorts by participating in their specialist courses, getting certified as an expert.

places in the Caribbean, including St. Thomas, St. John, Mexico, The Cayman

Traveling has always been a

Where are we going?…. Mystery tours. Come to the next meeting of vagabondGA L S and find out the location of our newest adventure, the mystery tour. These last minute long weekend adventures will be offered once a month at the meeting with special pricing announced. Meeting attendees will have the first shot at getting a space on the trip. Participation will be limited based on the trip offered that month.

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