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World traveler starts travel club at Seabrook

Promotes and plans domestic and international trips

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February 21st, 2012

Like many of his neighbors at Seabrook, an Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J., Jack Cunningham has traveled the world. He s seen the captivating natural landscape and prominent statues of Nigeria, the Great Pyramids of Egypt, and the Northern Lights in Iceland. Now he wants to share and promote travel within his community. In December, Jack held the first travel club meeting at Seabrook. After drumming up interest by showing slides and photographs from his world travels, Jack pursued starting a club that would allow neighbors to share their experiences as well as promote and plan both domestic and international trips. The initial meeting drew 16 people and interested many more who couldn t make it that day. Now, he says, at least 20 people have joined the new club one of more than 100 on campus.

Travel buddies

People who live at Seabrook don t have to worry about house and yard maintenance, cooking, or coordinating several monthly bills. Instead they have time to do things they want to do, like travel. However, Jack says, People here don t want to stop doing things; they just don t want to plan it. That s where the travel club comes in. During bi-monthly meetings, members share photographs, slides, and experiences to help educate fellow club members about places they might like to visit. Then Jack plans trips to locations like French Canada or Longwood Gardens, in Pennsylvania. Additionally, he says, It s preferable to travel with people you know. I took an 18-day cruise by myself two years ago, and it was difficult to meet other people. By promoting and planning group travel, the club will help community members better enjoy their trips.

Travel made easy

While international travel takes careful planning and packing for anyone of any age, domestic and relatively local travel is easy for Seabrook community members. The community s transportation department happily coordinates shuttles and frequently plans daytrips to New York s Museum Mile and Atlantic City s casinos. Jack s new travel club plans to take some overnight trips, including cruises, but will often utilize the convenience of Seabrook s transportation department to get from A to B. And he won t limit trips to club members only. Trips will be open to club members first; then, if we have room on the bus, we will open it up to anyone at Seabrook.

Well qualified

Jack, who has lived at Seabrook for 11 years and been heavily involved with other campus activities like the woodshop, admits that he s never started a club before. It s been a fascinating 11 years here, he says, but this is a first. Even so, he s well qualified for the job. As past Resident Advisory Council president, from September 2003 to November 2011, he helped voice the views of his fellow community members to management. Still, he shows a passion about community issues and interests. That same passion led him to listen to his fellow community members and start the travel club. He s excited to share his love of travel with his neighbors and looks forward to traveling with them and learning from them. I love it here, he exclaims. I love everything about it.