From the Desk of Jennifer Tombaugh

Do you bear in mind your first assignment at a new task?  I certainly do.

Tauck’s Vice President of New Business enterprise Enhancement Dan Mahar (now our CEO) handed me a draft organization strategy on “family travel.”  “Here.” he reported, “We experienced a cross-business workforce place this collectively.  We have so quite a few families previously traveling with us, and we assume we can both equally provide something one of a kind for them and appease all those guests who do not want to journey with kids.  It’s a acquire-get.  Try to remember, compared with a concept park, the globe is our canvas.  We can assist families join by taking care of all the logistics and worries of travel.  They’ll have enjoyable and share great reminiscences alongside one another.   We want to pilot it next yr.  You are likely to direct this.”  He gave me some marching orders, an open up door for concerns and steering and despatched me off.

I bear in mind my heart racing and a zillion queries bouncing by way of my mind.  Lately relocated from an advertising and marketing occupation in Taiwan and recently married and childless, I definitely didn’t know a great deal about family members journey, other than my personal own ordeals.  My dad offered insurance and would acquire incentive trips, and he and my mother took my brother and me along.  Concerning those and visits to my mom’s spouse and children in Germany, vacation was generally a precedence in my property.  I threw myself into it and, with Dan and the assist of a cast of dozens at Tauck, we did pilot Tauck Family members Vacation in 2002 (in spite of the setbacks of 9/11, I must notice) and launched Tauck Bridges in 2003.

Our initially Tauck Bridges brochure…
…and our 2023 model.

20 a long time later on, a lot has improved.  I have 4 little ones (a person currently in college….in Switzerland!) and savored a lot of various roles at Tauck.  But my passion and pleasure in Tauck Bridges only grows, and more than time, I have come to appreciate–what we internally at Tauck call–the “shared enrichment” we provide even a lot more.  Specially given the colossal challenge of Covid, time with family is fleeting and valuable.  Nothing—nothing—enriches life additional than traveling collectively as a relatives.  Seeing the speculate on my children’s faces and feeling their exhilaration of walking into a castle or palace or spotting a leopard…or two…or three wins unmatchable smiles and reminiscences.

I also arrived to enjoy the ease of obtaining another person else do the scheduling.  Moms (Alright, some dads also), you get this.  You are on the firing line of “What are we accomplishing these days?  I do not want to do that!  How come he gets to determine?  Why is it having so extended?”  I can honestly say I have by no means been happier touring with my family than when, immediately after 10 gorgeous (exhausting, for me) times in Switzerland, which I expended arranging and executing with my spouse, we arrived aboard Tauck’s Blue Danube spouse and children river cruise.  They questioned me all the identical inquiries, and I only mentioned, “Go check with the Tauck Director.”  Every thing was wonderfully prepared, and we could all snicker, have a terrific time and unwind (even me!).  It was a gift for all of us.  It authorized us all to be actually current with each and every other, and we however converse about that trip and our remarkable Bridges Tanzania safari.

We typically receive letters from our friends, but I can convey to you that the types that go us to tears are the types from our Bridges people. A grandfather who took his prolonged relatives to Africa as a ultimate want.  A 7-12 months-previous who sends a crayoned picture of her household at the Grand Canyon. The grandparents who consider the exact same trip with a various grandchild each individual calendar year and sends us the most up-to-date installment for our archival scrapbook.  Stories of young adults who have stayed in touch for years with buddies they satisfied on a Bridges trip.  We even have staff now who very first discovered about Tauck by means of a Bridges journey they took with their households!

I go to perform each individual day driven by Tauck’s mission to modify people’s life by way of vacation.  As I imagine about this platinum anniversary of Tauck Bridges’ start, I know for so a lot of people, we are accomplishing just that.

Warm regards,

Jennifer Tombaugh

Jennifer Tombaugh, President