Dreaming of a ski trip for spring break? Perhaps a getaway to sunny Florida in March? It’s not too early to start planning, according to Teresa Mayes, manager, Leisure Travel Center, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
From trips to large tourist spots like Orlando and Nashville, to nearby destinations like Branson, Mo., and Breckenridge, Colo., LTC can provide ideas, tips and trip packaging.
One of the most popular offers this time of year is the military salute, according to Mayes. Salutes are offered at various destinations, like Disneyland and Universal properties and provide free admission for active-duty military members, as well as large discounts for Family members.
Cruises and all-inclusive resorts also are popular, Mayes said, but options can often be somewhat confusing.
“We’ve been trained, and we have the knowledge to book,” she said.
For those considering checking online for ideas and deals, Mayes suggests stopping by LTC after doing research, but before booking a trip.
“The difference in booking through us and online is sometimes (websites) don’t show military discounts.
If they show a military discount, sometimes ours is even larger,” Mayes said.
In addition to getting higher discounts through LTC, Soldiers, Family members and Department of Defense employees can help give back to the Fort Riley community by using the travel center’s services.
Certain companies pay a commission to DFMWR for tickets bought through the travel center, which goes back into services like child care and fitness centers.
The travel center has tickets and discounts for local attractions, like the Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina, Kan.; Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, Mo.; and Kansas Koyotes indoor football in Topeka.
Mayes suggests checking the DFMWR Facebook page for last-minute offers.
“Facebook is a great tool for us for last-minute things. We have a lot of local stuff,” she said.
Tickets to DFMWR events also are available at the center.
Travel information changes seasonally, and the travel center has a variety of brochures available for vacation planning.
“Just come in,” Mayes said.
For more information about LTC, discounts and travel planning, call 785-239-5614, visit Building 6918 on Trooper Drive, or “like” www.facebook.com/rileymwr.
By Julie Fiedler
1st Inf. Div. Post
Teresa Mayes, manager, LTC, DFMWR, left, helps Spc. William Dearen, 287th MP Co., 97th MP Bn., right, book tickets Jan. 7 at the travel center.
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Brochures and flyers line the wall of the LTC. Staff can help Soldiers, Families and DoD civilians plan local getaways and faraway trips.
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