Kay S. is a true VBT traveler at heart. “I could do two to three trips a year and be happy as a clam.” Though she hasn’t quite traveled at that pace in the past few years, she and her husband, Albert, have taken three vacations with VBT and they are already looking ahead to their fourth adventure—perhaps in Colorado or maybe right here in Vermont.
Kay’s journey with VBT began a few years ago when she and Albert joined us on our Bike and Barge vacation in Holland. A great introduction to VBT, our Holland vacation was “a great trip for someone who isn’t a real serious rider.”
The couple started their Holland vacation with a pre-trip extension in Amsterdam, which turned out to be a lovely contrast to the little towns that Kay loved so much. Of course riding and cruising through quaint villages was a treat, but, when not dining on our private barge, Kay really enjoyed exploring the river towns in the evening. She soon learned that chatting with a few locals and picking an intimate spot for dinner was the perfect way to end a full day of biking along the serene waterways of Holland.
Kay felt that traveling by bike and barge was the perfect way to soak up the peace and tranquility of the Dutch countryside. Winding with rivers and dikes she could hear the gentle lapping of the water as windmills rotated above and she could see the reflection of the colorful flowers in the rippling water. And with the advantage of spending 7 nights in different locations while still unpacking just once aboard our comfortable barge, everyone in the group could recount their experiences on the deck each evening.
Due to their experience in Holland, Kay and Albert found that they really enjoyed the way VBT approaches travel. “You get a bit of everything. You see local sights, meet local people and learn about the history. It’s like a ‘Tapas of Life’.”
Like many travelers, Kay and Albert became interested in their next destination by looking at a friend’s Facebook page. The pictures in question were of Croatia, a VBT destination that Kay describes as, “the most beautiful place I’ve been.”
Though the rides were a bit more challenging than those in Holland, Kay still asserts that she “would go back in a heartbeat.” On particularly challenging stretches, the VBT support van would come around to check up on travelers to offer a lift or a quick refreshment.
Once again, Kay found that biking through Croatia allowed her to see “the soul of the country.” Kay recalls seeing locals working in the fields and even inviting her to enjoy some fresh olives and grapes straight off of the vine.
Off their bikes, Kay and Albert enjoyed dining with locals in their home, a great way to get in touch with residents through their cuisine. Group dinners also went a long way in helping VBT Travelers get to know one another. In fact, Kay and Albert have kept in touch with travelers from each one of their three VBT Vacations. They frequently touch base with their travel buddies to fill them in on family news and to discuss future travel plans.
After their time spent in Europe with VBT, Kay and Albert next opted for a trip a bit closer to home. They took their whole family and their in-laws along for VBT’s Bike tour of the Wine Country in California. On this experience, they all enjoyed learning about the local food culture, how fresh olive oil is produced and the ins and the outs of California vineyard operations. They may have even indulged in a sampling or two.
As it turns out, Kay and Albert’s California vacation is still paying off. Upon returning home, Kay submitted a Traveler Review at www.VBT.com and ended up winning a drawing for $1,000 in VBT Traveler Credits. Though they are still undecided, the credits might go towards a biking vacation in Colorado, a bike tour of Vermont or even a Walking Vacation in Italy. But with Kay’s preference for the way VBT assembles and operates tours, deciding on a destination will likely be the hardest part.