Member Connection Blog

Member Connection Blog

Member Connection Blog

About the Blog

The Member Connection Blog is here to provide advice, tips, off-the-beaten path ideas, savings, and to gab about travel and attractions that Western and Central New Yorkers love.

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You are where you eat

Hayley Schultz
The key takeaways from travel are what did you see, do and eat? Over the past few years, some travelers have begun to recognize the "eat" component as one of the most important ingredients in their vacations and are structuring their vacations around food. Known as "food tourism", it's gaining popularity as people become more curious and sophisticated in their tastes and cooking habits.

10 tips for taking an affordable luxury vacation

Hayley Schultz
A "luxury" vacation means different things to different people. For some it means renting a yacht with a captain, cook and butler. For others it might be staying at the Ritz-Carlton. And for others it might just be hiring a private guide in a city you've always wanted to visit. Whatever your definition of a luxury vacation is, you don't need to break the bank to treat yourself.

What to expect on an Alaska Cruise

Hayley Schultz
If your only experience cruising is to the Caribbean, you might wonder if a cruise to Alaska is similar or what the differences are. Here's what to expect on an Alaska cruise.

8 solo-travel tips

Hayley Schultz

Justin Ross* was a recent college graduate who had saved all of his summer job paychecks over the past 4 years so he could travel after graduation before “real life” began.

New Grocery Discounts for AAA Members

Jane McGrath
Earlier this spring AAA Western and Central New York introduced a program that allows members to save money on brand-name groceries and household items purchased at TOPS Friendly Markets and Price Chopper Supermarkets.

10 tips and tricks to make the most of Volcano Bay

Hayley Schultz

Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay, their 3rd theme park, features over 30 experiences to enjoy both thrills and relaxation in the type of incredible environment we've come to expect and love from Universal Orlando.

9 tips for strategic packing

Hayley Schultz

Most people who love to travel, hate to pack (and unpack...ugghhhhh).

Emerging Destinations

Amy Tiernan

Popular travel destinations usually have good reason why people love to visit, but sometimes you want to go somewhere a little more “off the radar”.

8 reasons to travel by train

Hayley Schultz

John Corbett from Escape.com in Australia recently wrote an article about why he prefers traveling by train instead of by air. He makes some compelling points we'd thought we'd sum up here.

Common phrases in local languages

Amy Tiernan

Traveling abroad is exciting and fun because you get to see new things and learning about different cultures.