Oakville Resident Surprised With Dream Vacation
An Oakville resident is one of six people who are going to be collecting stamps in their passports after winning a dream vacation.
“I’ve always wanted to experience the culture and energy of Europe or possibly Indonesia,” said Alonso Mendizabal, who’s an avid traveller.
But he’s typically chosen to vacation at all-inclusive resorts rather than venturing out to discover new destinations that required more planning and research.
“There are so many beautiful places to visit, cultures to see and things to experience. It was a bit daunting to even start planning but this experience has given me the motivation and resources to make it happen once and for all,” Mendizabal said.
He’s a CAA South Central Ontario member who recently learned he’s going on a trip of a lifetime.
Tammy Yetman, of Cambridge, is also a winner, along with four other members who thought they were participating in member research for CAA in Burlington.
They had no clue that a travel expert was in the back room, customizing an itinerary for the vacations they were describing and preparing gift certificates to help make that dream a reality.
“People know us best for helping them on the roadside and making what could be a bad day better, yet positive CAA experiences don’t stop there,” said CAA Club Group chief marketing officer Rhonda English.
“For over 50 years, our travel associates have been creating unique experiences for our members and customers, providing travel advice to make every moment count when planning their next vacation.”
The unsuspecting members weren’t the only ones surprised by what was in store for them.
The CAA associates who’d recruited them were also unaware of the true reason they’d been recruited, making the reveal even more exciting.
“My husband and I always planned to go to Mexico on our honeymoon,” said Yetman.
“Unfortunately, he was laid off just before the wedding and then diagnosed with cancer shortly after, so we had to reprioritize to get through that difficult time. The fact that 18 years later we can celebrate our love as originally planned is a dream come true.”