Meet the Expert - Debbie Sproul


What comes to mind when you think of AAA? Most likely, emergency road service. That, by far, is the number one reason why people join the association. The road service we provide is legendary, and we’ve been doing it for more than 100 years now.

What you may not know about AAA, however, is that we are the largest leisure travel agency in North America. Those in the know rely on us for all their travel needs, from our famous TripTik routings and TourBook guides, to cruise and tour planning, passport preparation and International Driving Permits.

As executive vice president for AAA Ohio Auto Club, which is headquartered in Worthington, I am intimately involved in our travel operations. And now, as a regular contributor to C Magazine, I plan to give you the inside scoop on everything travel. Based on our knowledge of the industry and our own personal travel experiences, my globe-trotting staff and I will keep you updated on the latest travel trends, the absolute best deals being offered and the hottest, not-to-be-missed destinations.

We’ll also keep you in the loop regarding our own travel packages, some of which will be exclusive to C Magazine readers. In fact, we are in the process of planning a very special trip for C Magazine readers, so watch for details in my column next issue. It will be the perfect getaway for you and your friends.

Whether you plan to travel internationally, domestically or right in your own backyard, AAA should be your first and most important stop. Our goal is to always guide you to and through the best, most unforgettable travel experiences possible. For you, that might mean dining and wine tasting your way through the Tuscan countryside, or something as simple as spending a romantic weekend in a secluded cabin in the Hocking Hills. It’s your world, so get out and explore it.

So let’s get this column off to a great start. Suppose you’re contemplating taking a trip but you have no idea where to go. Well, AAA has just the tool you need to make a winning choice. Go to AAA.com and make your way to our Destination Discovery feature. (You won’t find any tool like this on another travel site.) All you do is plug in your interests and Destination Discovery will feed you a list of every destination that meets your criteria and expectations. Even better, you can go through this exercise with up to 10 travel companions so that you can all easily find common ground when it comes to choosing a vacation destination.

Now there’s a tip you can use.