PLANNING YOUR MISSIONARY PICK-UP TRAVEL ITINERARY
Picking up your missionary is a different travel experience than any other. Follow these suggestions to enhance your trip and reduce stress and anxiety.
- What is your budget? Your planned expenses should be a guide rather than a straight jacket. It is, however, a good idea to set a general budget. Avoid going into debt.
- How long are you planning on being away?
- Will you be traveling to areas before arriving at your son's/daughter's mission?
- How long are you planning on spending in his/her mission?
- Ask your missionary to plan a simple daily schedule of where you will be on each day whilst you are in their mission. You want to travel to the areas that are most meaningful to your missionary and you are likely to travel to areas and cities that few tourists would visit.
- Where in the mission do you want to be on Sunday(s)?
- What comfort level of accommodations do you prefer?
- Are you planning any travel outside the mission? For example, you pick up your missionary son/daughter in Argentina. Will you come straight home from Argentina or plan a stop in Peru to visit Cuzco and Machu Picchu as it is on the route home?
- Who will plan and book your travel arrangements? Do not ask your missionary, the mission president, or the mission office staff to do this. You can do it all yourself or work with an experienced travel professional. If the latter, make sure the travel agency has done hundreds, if not thousands, of missionary pick-ups before. There really is an art to putting it all together. Remember, missionary pick up travel is unlike anything you have done before.
- Columbus Travel is experienced in arranging family travel plans for a missionary pick-up. With a missionary pick up you probably don’t know what you don’t know. Let Columbus Travel help you out.