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Old 01-26-2010, 10:39 AM   #1
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anyone planning ahead for 2011?

Now that the shock of "no early booking discounts" has worn off, we began thinking that we might do a 2010 trip afterall. (and yes, I did already vote "no" in the "who's in / who's out?" poll). But, after much consideration, have decided to put it off until 2011 so that we have time to save, plan, and look forward to it.

So, anyone have plans for next year? We're seriously considering the Alpine Magic trip. We'll have a 15 year old son and a 12 year old daughter by then (wow, not used to writing such big numbers for them).
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Old 01-26-2010, 11:12 AM   #2
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We're definitely planning a 2011 ABD trip! DH is in Iraq right now, and we're socking away money and looking forward to that trip as our big family treat next year for making it through 2010. We're leaning toward Italy but not completely decided. DD will be 9 then. I'm anxiously awaiting the announcement of the 2011 itineraries! I know it will be a while still, but it's something to look forward to.
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Old 01-26-2010, 11:44 AM   #3
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Now that the shock of "no early booking discounts" has worn off, we began thinking that we might do a 2010 trip afterall. (and yes, I did already vote "no" in the "who's in / who's out?" poll). But, after much consideration, have decided to put it off until 2011 so that we have time to save, plan, and look forward to it.

So, anyone have plans for next year? We're seriously considering the Alpine Magic trip. We'll have a 15 year old son and a 12 year old daughter by then (wow, not used to writing such big numbers for them).
I don't have plans for 2011 yet; I'm still waiting to see if my 2010 plans happen or not! (ABD/DCL Med cruise)

Have you read the trip report that Gibson4 did for the Alpine Magic trip? If you haven't, reading it will DEFINITELY influence your decision! It's a fabulous trip, and a fabulous report. I don't think the ABD description does it justice. Check it out if you haven't already:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post35167089

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Old 01-26-2010, 12:14 PM   #4
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Hi jlou- We are doing Alpine Magic in June 2010, followed by 5 days in Paris on our own. I agree with Sayhello. We probably wouldn't have even considered this trip until we read Gibson4's trip report. After that, it just looks like it will be so much fun (we have a pretty adventurous almost 8 year old boy) we just had to do it.

Regarding 2011 we are looking at Southwest Splendors, Peru, or Costa Rica. This is our first ABD, so we want to see how it goes before making any final decisions. If we didn't do an ABD, we are also talking about touring around the UK. Our son has become quite a fan of Harry Potter and it would probably be pretty cool for him to do a Harry Potter tour in England. But, first things first, we are still planning for Alpine Magic and France in June. Good luck in your search for the dream vacation.
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Old 01-26-2010, 01:52 PM   #5
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We're on the June 6,2010 trip

We're going on the 6/6/2010 trip - taking my almost 15 year old daughter and 12 year old son. Will post something afterwards to tell you how it is for kids that age.
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Old 01-26-2010, 02:51 PM   #6
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We are hoping that there will be a Hawaii ABD by then.
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Old 01-26-2010, 03:54 PM   #7
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Unless AbD comes up with something really appealing, I am looking at Tauck/Tauck Bridges trips in 2011 and beyond...
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Old 01-26-2010, 04:09 PM   #8
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Hoping to do Alpine Magic or Germany in 2011.
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Old 01-26-2010, 04:44 PM   #9
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Peru

Peru for us, I think, in 2011--although now that you mention the Alpine trip...(and in the recent survey there were questions relating to possible trips, with a long list that included: Eygpt! And if Japan came up, well...looks like lots of fun for all of us this August when the post, hopefully this year with new adventures).
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Old 01-26-2010, 04:50 PM   #10
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I would really like to do another ABD at some point, but I'm not making any plans. Everytime I do, ABD does something to derail them - first time by cancelling my original 2009 trip and then by eliminating the EBD I was planning to use for 2010. The only trip that has gone off as planned, was the Costa Rica trip in 2008, when I really didn't do any planning. I booked it on the spur of the moment about 1 month before the departure date. I'm keeping my eye on airfares and may do something later this summer or at fall break in Europe. Princess has a British Isle cruise that looks interesting. If we do something like that, the Harry Potter tour sounds lkike a perfect activity for my DS (thanks for mentoning it RSM!). For now, our only definite plan is the Tauck Northern CA trip in June. I have heard that they offer a returning guest discount of $500 per family, so that will be a consideration for future trips, as well. I love the ABD trips we've taken, but I'm never going to treat them like they're the only game in town again.
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:31 PM   #11
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I did indeed see Gibson's blog on their Alpine Magic trip. It looks great. This trip really looks fun for all of us.

I will be very interested in hearing how others' trips are this summer. I'm also interested in hearing from Dis members who decided to do Tauck or other tours this year instead of ABD - how do they compare, now that you've done both.
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:34 PM   #12
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I'm planning on an Ireland trip for 2011. I've been (my distant family still lives there But I HATE driving places I'm unfamiliar with. I really want my kids to see where we are from- plus as a single parent I want to not have to worry about details as much as I can. I'm semi hoping for a Gateway trip- the scenery, ruins, and just generally going on vacation is what is important to us, But even if one isn't offered we'll still go.

This year will be spent in the heat, lol. A Disney cruise and a week at WDW (and Wizarding World of Harry Potter - CAN'T miss that!!)
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:55 PM   #13
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I did indeed see Gibson's blog on their Alpine Magic trip. It looks great. This trip really looks fun for all of us.

I will be very interested in hearing how others' trips are this summer. I'm also interested in hearing from Dis members who decided to do Tauck or other tours this year instead of ABD - how do they compare, now that you've done both.
We have done both AbD and Tauck and I can tell you that one major difference is the guides. We really missed those AbD guides! The Tauck Tour Director was the exact opposite of what makes an AbD guide the best in the industry. However, we are taking another Tauck tour in May, so we're hoping that he was just an aberration. But, if our next guide turns out to be another dud, we're also taking the Knights & Lights and Alpine Magic trips in June, so we know we won't have anything to worry about then!
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Old 01-26-2010, 10:16 PM   #14
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I am keeping my options open, I am going on the Alpine Magic Trip in June, that blog well the pictures were just awesome and I am looking forward to it. There are three other ABD trips that really interest me Italy, Ireland and Germany, and the Knights and lights semi interests me. I would love to see a trip to Japan that I would do in a heartbeat. One place I have wanted to go since I was a teenager is Austrailia but when I go (in three years when I retire that will be my present to myself) I won't be doing it with ABD, the ABD trip isn't long enough for me to sit on a plane for 27 hours. Tauck does a 20 day Austraila/New Zealand Trip and that interests me for the sheer length of it. I am taking a wait and see approach and see what 2011 brings.
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Old 01-26-2010, 11:55 PM   #15
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Planning Backstage Magic for 2nd time in May or June...Just hoping they have tours operating around that time
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