Genealogy Road Trip Tip 10: Travel partner meeting

Tip 10: Travel partner meeting. Part of “Genealogy Road Trip Tips: Take Your Loved Ones With You” — 30 posts in 30 days for NaBloPoMo 2016.

My travel partner Jane Latour introduced me to a new Genealogy Road Trip concept — the travel partner meeting — when we traveled to sesquicentennial reenactments in Virginia of U.S. Civil War battles my Union Army ancestor fought in.

Violets. Take time to enjoy the flora or local sites on your genealogy road trip if these are a priority for your travel partner. By: designatednaphour

We had a great trip there and were settling into our hotel room — excited about soon being witnesses to history — when she suggested we state our intentions for the next few days.

Stating your intentions

“My sisters and I always take time when we travel to tell each other what our hopes and expectations are for the trip,” Jane said.

“Really?” I asked. This was a new one on me.

Many of my previous trips were with family members who shared my heritage, so it never occurred to me that we should state our intentions out loud. But genealogy road trips are about learning something new, and Jane’s suggestion seemed like a good one.

So we each made a brief statement about what we hoped to experience on our shared journey. Our common theme — to be a good friend to one another during the trip — helped frame our time together on the battlefields.

Including each partner’s wish list

Another benefit of the travel partner meeting is to be sure each partner’s wish list for the trip gets included in the itinerary.

Last year, I traveled with my oldest sister to Dolgeville, Herkimer County, New York for their annual Violet Festival and parade. Some of our paternal ancestors lived there, and reenactments of the Life of Alfred Dolge, for whom the town is named, were scheduled.

On our first night at the hotel, I suggested that we hold a travel partner meeting — something new to her since we last traveled together.

“Really?” my sister asked. But she was willing to give it a try.

That’s how we learned that my sister’s wish list included time to see the violets and purchase some to bring home with her, while mine centered on taking photos of the Alfred Dolge living history presentations.  So we made sure to allow time for both of these activities.

Travel partner meetings help set the itinerary for a successful genealogy road trip, so think about including them in your family history trip planning.

What about you? Has stating your intentions helped focus trips you’ve gone on? Could you see yourself doing this in the future? Share your experiences in the comment section.

Then join me tomorrow for Tip 11: Focus on the main event.

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