The Not So Fast Lane of the Information Highway

For the first time in a long time, we planned our family reunion with a minimum of drama.  We had only one rule to follow, and that was to book the event in our grandfather’s home town of Myrtle Beach, North Carolina.  After the nasty fall he suffered last year, he doesn’t feel up to traveling, so we decided that the festivities would come to him.  Add to that the childhood memories we have of the area, and it just seems like the right thing to do.

We always hold our family gathering in July when the kids out of school and the adults can coordinate their vacation time.  Barring a few unforeseen problems, we usually meet up and enjoy the weekend closest to the 4th of July to take advantage of the festivals, rodeos and concerts that might be in the area.  This year we decided to use to coordinate everything.  We liked the added feature of booking a hotel, or residence.   When we found out it was part of the Priceline group, we felt even better.  We’ve used that booking service in the past with great success.  And now that we’ve added Groupon to save even more on our travel plans we have more options to use to accommodate our needs.Groupon offers lots of summer steals and deals for and using them is just a matter of taking out your phone, calling up the site, making your selection, and applying the discount as you check out.

It took a while before most of the family members felt comfortable making travel plans online.  Our Dad was the first to endorse it.  He took a class that taught seniors how to navigate social media, and before we knew it, he was sending and receiving emails and texting photos like a champ.  He’ll check out a site in a minute and tell you what he thinks about it.  And he keeps more random facts in his head than we know what to do with.  When you ask him where he picked up some of his trivia, he’ll quickly answer, “I Googled it.”  Not bad for an 80-year-old.

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