What if you could travel to far-off, exciting destinations without ever leaving your living room? That seems like the ideal scenario for many of us travel lovers right now. We have the perfect virtual activity to satisfy your wanderlust! Join us for Virtual Summer Vacations every Friday at 2:00 pm starting June, 12 2020.

How do I join?

Sign up on the activities page of The Bright Spot. Once you RSVP, we’ll send a Zoom link to your e-mail. On Friday, shortly before 2:00 pm, click on the link to connect to our Virtual Summer Vacations.

How will Virtual Summer Vacations be organized?

These online activities will be hosted by a number of Y staff members who share your love of travel. You can think of them as your virtual tour guides! They’ll share their adventures to some of their favourite places.

What can I expect in a Virtual Summer Vacation meeting?

Our guides will share imagery, stories, and music with the group, giving all of us a chance to immerse ourselves in the local culture of our “destination.” We’ll talk about history, food, music, art, architecture and so much more.

How can I find out each week’s destination?

Keep an eye on the Bright Ideas page. Every few weeks, we’ll post details about our next vacation destinations! You can also subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, where we announce new virtual activities and share updated information on existing ones.

On June 12, we’re heading to Rome, Italy!

Your tour guides are YMCA staff members Sarah Earl and Adela Colhon. Adela says, “Taking a virtual trip to Rome will be a great start to our summer vacation adventures! We chose Rome as our first destination because of its world-famous beauty, rich history, and culture. Are you ready? Pronti? Andiamo insieme a Roma!”

Sarah says she’s particularly excited for this trip because after visiting Rome eight years ago, she made travel plans to return again this July. Due to COVID-19, her in-person trip had to be postponed. “I’m excited to experience Rome with all of our community members, virtually. And because I am hoping to visit in person again in 2021, this will be a great pre-trip planning opportunity!”

On June 19, we’re visiting St. John’s, Newfoundland.

After Rome, our guides will take us a bit closer to home. Stay tuned for more details to come.

Everyone is welcome to join our travels. Whether you’re totally new to these locales, or you’ve been before and want to share your own stories with us, we are so excited to explore these beautiful corners of our big, vast world with you!