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Dawn Browning

Scottsdale, Arizona Travel Agent

Family and Multigenerational Travel

As a grandparent as well as a travel agent, I know how important multigenerational trips can be in forging strong family bonds and identity. I also know how essential it is to plan each trip carefully based on the ages, abilities, and interests of each family member so that trips are not marred by crankiness and everyone can relax and have a great time. 

My family tradition in recent years has been to spend a week in Destin, Florida each summer. The youngest grandchildren are two and six, so on some evenings, I babysit so the 30-something parents can go out and enjoy the nightlife. And while we share some activities, I plan our stay so that everyone has the freedom to come and go as they please.  

Beaches are great for families, and I send a lot of multi-gen groups to all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. The ones that cater to kids have great children's programs, usually included in the cost, and you do not have to worry about paying $7 every time your child wants a soda or a hot dog.  

But families should not think that traveling with children limits them to beach resorts. With proper planning, it easy to take children almost anywhere. In a few years, when our youngest grandchild is five years old, we look forward to taking the family farther afield. I have my eye on some Tauck Bridges tours and AmaWaterways/Disney river cruises, both of which cater to family members of all ages. The kids can learn so much on these trips and traveling with a guided group like that makes it fun and relaxing for everyone.

Cruises with good kids and teen programs are also a great choice for families and multigenerational groups because everyone can have the freedom to go off in different directions when they want to. I have one family that usually starts out with a week on a Celebrity Cruise where their kids love the activities. Then, once they are in vacation mode, they spend a second week getting into a single place. One year it was a week in a Tuscan villa; another time, they stayed along the Amalfi Coast.  

I also send a lot of families to Hawaii, because there are so many exotic experiences for families to share, from swimming with dolphins and snorkeling through coral reefs to hiking through tropical rainforest. Each island has different unique attractions and many families combine two or three islands.  

The Big Island feels like you have landed on Mars in places. Volcanoes National Park offers lots of ways to discover the volcano, and on the other side of the island, there are snow-capped mountains and a space observatory. Oahu has Waikiki and Pearl Harbor, Maui offers every advantage imaginable, and laid-back Kauai has large expanses of land that are magnificently untouched. 

For off-the-grid experiences, I often suggest expedition cruises to destinations such as Antarctica and the Galapagos. There, zodiac expeditions can be as active or laid-back as you like and naturalists provide fascinating information about everything you are witnessing. 

The best thing about family trips is the bonding that happens among family members. Creating shared memories helps promote lasting relationships among cousins, aunts, and uncles as well as between spouses.

 Best of all, when I arrange your family retreat, I handle all the logistics and think through all the details so everyone can relax and focus on having fun together.

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3 of 6 people found this review helpful

Honeymoon under African skies

Reviewed By Anna - Chicago, IL | Traveled to South Africa ~ Africa
Dawn was a dream to work with. From the moment she found out we were looking to plan our Honeymoon to Mauritius and South Africa, she made the whole experience so incredibly special and wanted to make sure this was a trip of a lifetime for us. She took great care to discover what we were looking for in our trip, allowing us to customize the trip so that it fit our travel style and we were able to squeeze in the items that mattered most. We were doing this all last minute too and she didn't even blink an eye. When our trip got underway, every detail was so carefully thought out that we could sit back and relax from start to finish. Thanks for everything Dawn :)
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Magical Holiday

Reviewed By Egans - Chicago | Traveled to Austria ~ Europe
Working with Dawn is like being in the hands of a wizard ,one with amazing skills that has helped my husband and I plan over half a dozen travel adventures. Dawn takes the time to listen, to know who we are and what we enjoy. She takes care of every detail, on our recent trip to explore the European Christmas markets she knew my husband had a bad back and arranged for a wonderful transport, the driver even carried the bags onto the train.
Her selections of hotels are exquisite , centrally located with impeccable service. We never go online to preview the place, just shows how much we trust her. Dawn will offer an array of tours, never pushy but to ensure you don't miss out. We are not big tour peeps, but our Sound of Music tour was fabulous! We had to cancel our train and Dawn was readily available to assist as well as make sure we received our refund. Once home she calls to check up on us.
Dawn is not only a travel pro she is an authentic person who genuinely cares!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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2 of 5 people found this review helpful

The best trip of our lives!

Reviewed By Mig and Mrs. Mig - Naples, FL | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Professional and experienced. Thorough and Efficient.
She made sure that each step of the way; from dreaming to actually planning, departure, traveling and returning from each trip we were well cared for. A pleasure working with Dawn.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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5 of 12 people found this review helpful

Great agent to use for an amazing trip!

Reviewed By TC - Naples, FL | Traveled to Vietnam ~ East and Southeast Asia
Friendly, accessible and easy to work with. She has great experience and recommendations.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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