Travel: A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single trip. For many, a dream vacation starts with a trip to Vakanz!
Photo: LaLa La Photo
Last weekend, Luxexpo was packed with adventurers who like to go places--they braved the snow after all--to be at the 2016 Vakanz trade show, where 200 stands awaited to tempt them into travelling everywhere from Australia and Africa to the Vosges and the Saarland.
Some people came for inspiration, like Virginie and Jean-Luc Beaumont who drove in from Hettange-Grande, France. “We just wanted to see what they had, get some ideas. We go on a big vacation once a year, and we’re interested in cruises. We’ll probably go home inspired and look for more offers on the internet.”
Mario Becker didn’t come for inspiration--he came to man the Triolago stand. But he got more than he bargained for--he got the unexpected chance to try a skiing simulator, while his daughter and wife cheered him on. “It’s been a long time since I skied,” he said. But even so, sports are his business--he promotes water sports and outdoor activities at a lake resort in nearby Riol, Germany.
Booking for near and far
Ammar Skelic was also enjoying some recreation--he was playing with his 15-month old daughter Saira in a kids’ play area. Saira was having a blast and didn’t even realise what fun is in store for her. “We’re booking for Mallorca,” said her mother Sanela, smiling. “We came here yesterday and looked everything over, but we always sleep on it before we decide. We also bid on an auction and got a house in Sylt, Germany for two nights. Last year we bid on a weekend in Echternach and got it for something like €50.”
While the Skelic’s were planning a vacation around their daughter’s needs, Markus Heiser has to plan around the fact that he’s in a wheelchair. Markus was with his parents, Lydia and Joachim, and they’d accumulated a bag of brochures from Luxembourg, Saarland and France. “We found a lot of wonderful trips to do within a 100km range,” Lydia said. Although he drives a van and is independent, Markus says he wants to visit “places that are flat and wheelchair accessible. I do like to travel,” he adds, “I’m a geologist… and I want to see more of the Earth!”
A family affair
Jeanny Lentz was also at the fair with her father, Romain, although the 86 year old said his travelling days were over. “I would go, but my knees don’t want to anymore,” he quips. He was happy to keep Jeanny company, though, as she looked into trips to take with her nieces. “They’d like to go to America,” she says. “I’m going to look here and then check with a travel agency or online for more information.” She’s used to using Vankanz as the start-off point; her father used to take her, not the other way around, ever since she was a kid.
Vakanz will also go into the family lore for Jean Schreiner and his fiancé, Liane. They booked their honeymoon here. “We wanted the whole package,” said Jean. “Adventure, romance, a great hotel, great food.” The couple will wed in July and be honeymooning in the Reunion islands and Mauritius in August!
You could feel it in the air--people were making plans, taking decisions and celebrating with crément at the Ice Bar or some oysters on the half shell. Others were hopping on electric scooters, bidding on special offers, learning about wellness resorts, hiking trips, cruises and safaris and gathering brochures… to fuel the kind of dreams that Vakanz helps so many turn into reality!