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There’s a lot to see there, and the Trumbull County Travel Club is on its way to see as much as possible.

In fact, the club has visited every state in the United States, said its organizer, Peggy Boyd.

Boyd, 74, from Howland, retired from teaching in 2000 and soon after was asked to help out at the Howland SCOPE Senior Center, where part of his job description was to promote travel for old people.

When Boyd’s husband died a few years later, she retired again, but quickly found that people still wanted to travel, especially with people her own age.

“We did that,” Boyd said – and that’s what the Trumbull County Travel Club still does.

The club has 200 registered members ages 38 to 96 from across Trumbull County and out of the county as well, Boyd said. There is no membership fee to join the club.

The group travels mainly by bus as it is handicapped accessible and easier for older people than other modes of transport, although the club sometimes flies, and recently returned from a trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, by train. Amtrak, Boyd said.

“It’s a big world out there,” Warren’s club member Catherine Scarlett said. “Each place has something different to offer.”

Scarlett, 75, no longer drives long distances, but she and her two sisters are enjoying a “summer of bus rides,” she said. Scarlett said it was nice to travel by bus because as a passenger you don’t have to worry about planning, driving or navigating.

“Peggy’s trips are very well planned. We always have a wonderful and experienced bus driver, the coaches are comfortable and we are never disappointed,” Scarlett said. “Sometimes Peggy takes us somewhere unexpected because we have time and she knows it would be of interest to all of us.”

The club does about one day trip a month, as well as longer trips. In April, the club traveled to New Orleans for eight days, Boyd said. Next year the club will embark on a week-long trip to Texas, with stops in Nashville and possibly St. Louis.

Boyd does computer research before each trip and contracts with reliable coach companies she has used for 20 years, she said. She can also rely on her own travel experience by visiting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren across the country. She is particularly familiar and fond of the Dakotas and Vermont.

“I can take (travellers) places most tourists don’t go,” Boyd said.

Boyd tells those who travel that travel is their vacation and makes sure they are dropped off at the places they want to visit.

She said some club travelers are married couples, but many are widows or people whose loved ones don’t want to travel with them — Boyd’s own husband didn’t usually travel with her except to Alaska, she said. she declared.

Traveling in a group, you make a lot of friends, she says.

During journeys, the bus always departs from a single pick-up point in Howland. When the club flies, travelers go to the airport as a group so no one has to worry about transportation or parking cars.

While gas prices have climbed in recent months, Boyd said the group’s travel costs have not been affected thanks to its contracts with the coach companies, which are good thanks to the group’s travel in December at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron.

“What happens is the bus company or whoever I booked through, they have to pick up the cost,” Boyd said. She said the cost of the trip could increase in 2023 under a new contract.

The club’s August day trip to Grand River Cellar and Rabbit Run Theater in Madison, Ohio is booked, but there are openings on the bus for its September trip to the United Airlines Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville , Pennsylvania.

Scarlett said she and her sisters were looking forward to the club’s three-day trip in October, “Halloween in the Hudson River Valley.”

For information on upcoming club trips, call Boyd at 843-271-1605.

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