Travel with ease through the Bryant Alumni Travel Program
The benefits of attending Bryant don’t end when you graduate. One perk is the Alumni Travel Program, which has become a popular program offered by the Office of Alumni Engagement. Since 2008, alumni have traveled to China (twice); the Amalfi Coast and Tuscany in Italy; Prague, Vienna, and Budapest; Alaska; Machu Picchu and the Galapagos; and most recently, Australia and New Zealand.
Robin DeMattia ’85 just came back from Down Under – her third trip with the Bryant Alumni Association Travel Program and highly recommends this alumni benefit. “Vacationing with other alums and their families gives you an immediate connection with fellow travelers, yet allows you flexibility to spend time on your own.”
As single travelers, DeMattia and others have expressed their appreciation for the sense of security as well as camaraderie, knowing that there are others looking out for them as they travel far from home.
Others have also noted how the common bond of Bryant strikes travelers almost immediately upon meeting.
“I was amazed that all 48 people on the (Italy 2010) trip got along so well and created friendships that lasted beyond the trip,” says Leanna M. Mansour ’00. “Bryant people are one of a kind!”
Mansour also took the 2012 Alaska trip and says, “After traveling with Bryant, I don’t know that I would travel any other way. The prices are great, your itinerary is set for you, and it is basically all inclusive.”
Robin Warde, Director of Alumni Engagement, notes, “We started the Travel Program to give our alumni the same global opportunities that students today are taking advantage of.” Warde, who is fluent in Spanish, will be staffing the trip in May to Cuba where alumni throughout the United States and from all decades will learn more about the Cuban culture and people and provide humanitarian aid. One of the Cuba travelers, Jeff Ferrente ’81, notes he “can't wait to enjoy a Cuban cigar on Cuban soil.”
Adapted by an article written by Robin DeMattia ’85 in 2013.
To learn more, visit the Alumni Travel Program page.
Upcoming trips at a glance:
Only five spots remain for this exclusive humanitarian trip. Final deadline to register is April 11.
Bryant’s China trips include inside access to places no tourists ever go, thanks to the special relationships built by Professor Hong Yang, Vice President for International Programs at Bryant.
Plan ahead – let us know if you are interested in traveling to Sicily in March 2015 or a cruise through the Norwegian Fjords leaving in August 2015.