When Susie Davis launched the Travel Club as a fun social outing addition to her business, Driving Miss Daisy, she had no idea how popular it would become, but each of the trips so far have been sold out, and she has more in the pipeline.
The idea had been in the back of Susie’s mind for some months, but fear of the unknown held her back. Motivated by an awareness that many of her clients’ friend networks had diminished as they got older, resulting in less social contact, Susie tentatively put the word out.
She needn’t have worried. Once her ‘regulars’ got wind of it, the first trip sold out within two days.
Off they went to the Hibiscus Coast – Susie, plus three ladies who had never met before, chatting and laughing together like old friends. After a coffee stop in Takapuna, they arrived in Orewa in time for a delicious pub lunch at the Ship and Anchor. One of the ladies in her eighties had grandparents who had owned property in Orewa, so they drove past the old cottage – a real trip down memory lane for her.
So far there have been two outings, both sold out within days, with more planned next year. Not to be out-done, Susie’s dad Roger (‘Driver of the Month’ who featured in our June issue), is planning a ‘boys-only’ trip.
The Travel Club is essentially a guided tour designed around a nominated destination, at a pace suited to the group. The added bonus of an experienced, first-aid-trained driver/companion, plus the opportunity to meet new, like-minded people, is part of the appeal – not only for the travellers, but for family who want their elderly parent to have some fun, but simply are too busy.
Susie comments that social isolation is a growing problem in our aging population. The Travel Club is part of the solution by providing opportunities to get dressed up, put some lipstick on and enjoy a social day out.
Just a thought … elderly parents can be the hardest to find a meaningful Christmas gift for - a Travel Club voucher could be just the thing. Ed.
Contact Susie Davis
021 503 481