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Terrys Travels

Updated: Oct 31, 2023

Welcome to Terrys Travels. A blog to share some of the travels, vacation cruises and All Inclusives I have been on and to share some interesting travel tips and recommendations.




I Love Travel. Thats why after I retirred from a long career in business, i decided to become a Travel Agent. It affords me the opportunity to help people acheive their dreams of experiencing the perfect destinations.


Grafton Ghost Town


A great little detour on your way to Zion National Park is the ghost town of Grafton, Utah.

The turn off the main road is in the town of Rockville. Its a little hard to find as the signage is poor. If heading towards the park you will turn right mid town. If you cross the bridge over the Virgin River you are on the right track. Just follow the signs from here. lol. It is a dirt road but unless the weather is bad you shouldnt have trouble,

Stop at the Cemetery first. Take a fascinating walk through a piece of Utah history, A quick look at some of the graves will give you insight into one of the reasons the town was abandoned.

The other reason was constant flooding of the area.

You may explore old homes and glimpse how the pioneers lived. There is also and old Church that did double duty as a schoolhouse.

Another short sidetrip worth doing to get out of the car and stretch a bit.




So thanks for joining me and I hope you Enjoy.


Grafton Ghost Town


A great little detour on your way to Zion National Park is the ghost town of Grafton, Utah.

The turn off the main road is in the town of Rockville. Its a little hard to find as the signage is poor. If heading towards the park you will turn right mid town. If you cross the bridge over the Virgin River you are on the right track. Just follow the signs from here. lol. It is a dirt road but unless the weather is bad you shouldnt have trouble,

Stop at the Cemetery first. Take a fascinating walk through a piece of Utah history, A quick look at some of the graves will give you insight into one of the reasons the town was abandoned.

The other reason was constant flooding of the area.

You may explore old homes and glimpse how the pioneers lived. There is also and old Church that did double duty as a schoolhouse.

Another short sidetrip worth doing to get out of the car and stretch a bit.


































Gunlock Falls and Gunlock Reservoir State Park


Hi, If you are in the mood for a quiet little drive this little loop might be just what you are craving. It only takes a couple of hours depending on your stops but offers some beautiful scenery and nice stops.

Start on Sunset Blvd (drive straight down Dixie Drive or Bluff Street off I 15 in St George.

Drive towards Santa Clara on Sunset. If you need a treat for the road stop at the Sinclair station in Santa Clara for a fabulous home made cookie. Afterwards, keep driving through Santa Clara, A stop at the open air fruit stand is a must. Stock up!

Continue driving through Ivins and the Shivwit Indian reservation until you reach a fork in the road. Stay right and continue to the parking area for Gunlock Falls on your left. Take your time, walk down and swim in the pools if you wish. The falls are seasonal and only run in years of high snowpack.

right next to the falls is Gunlock Reservoir. Here you may fish, swim or rent a kayak to paddle around.

If you're still anxious to see more then head towards the town of Gunlock where they have a pretty good rodeo in the summer. Driving on you will climb back up the hill and into the small town of Veyo. When you reach the stop sign to turn right you will notice the Veyo Pie Shop. Famous in Utah for their pies. Have a slice or take a whole pie home.....you wont regret it.

You are headed back to St George now but after a few miles you will see the entrance to Snow Canyon State Park. Take Some time to drive through and see great red rock fo

rmations, desert and sand dunes. You may catch some climbers scaling the formations.

The road will proceed to a round about. You should turn left here and follow the way back into St George. Fun Drive!
















Going on a Group Trip this Winter? Here are 6 Tips for a Worry-Free Travel Experience

Winter is coming and vacation plans are made. Also this winter, countless groups of friends and family will visit the snow for an unforgettable time.

Snow vacations are the perfect escape to get away from the winter depression and the short days. Planning a group trip during the winter season can be an exciting endeavor. Whether the group is heading to a ski resort or exploring a winter wonderland, traveling with a group can create unforgettable memories. However, it's crucial to ensure a smooth and worry-free experience for everyone involved. In this article, we'll provide you with six essential tips to make your winter group trip a resounding success.

Establish Clear Communication Channels

Effective communication is vital when traveling in a group. Before embarking on your winter adventure, establish clear communication channels among all group members. Create a chat group with the other travelers. Everyone can share important information, and here you can inform everyone on the flight details, accommodation arrangements, and itinerary updates. This will ensure that everyone stays informed, minimizing the chances of misunderstandings or missed connections. Besides that, you can already take the initiative to meet some of the other travelers so you will know who you will be traveling with.

Define Roles and Responsibilities

To avoid confusion and ensure that all tasks are adequately covered, assign specific roles and responsibilities to each group member. Designate a trip leader who will be responsible for overseeing the overall planning and coordination. Assign other roles, such as a finance manager to handle shared expenses, a navigator to guide the group, and a photographer to capture memorable moments. It is always fun to arrange some games or group activities in the evening, and assign a couple of people who are responsible for the entertainment during the holiday. Clear roles will enhance efficiency and prevent unnecessary stress during the trip.

Plan Ahead and Set a Realistic Budget

Planning ahead is crucial for a successful group trip. Start by deciding on the destination and duration of your winter adventure. Research accommodations, activities, and attractions that cater to group travel, considering factors such as group discounts and availability of shared spaces. Once you have an idea of the expenses, set a realistic budget that accommodates everyone's financial capabilities. This will ensure that everyone is on the same page and can contribute comfortably to the trip's expenses. Here are some tips to make a realistic budget:

  • Define Clear Priorities: Identify the key priorities for the trip. Whether it's luxury accommodations, adventurous activities, or gourmet dining, understanding the group's preferences helps allocate the budget to the most important aspects of the vacation.

  • Use Budgeting Apps: Leverage budgeting apps to help you track expenses and stay within your allocated budget. These apps can provide real-time updates, helping the group stay accountable and make informed spending decisions.

  • Research Destination Costs: Research the costs associated with your chosen destination. Consider accommodation prices, local transportation, meals, activities, and any additional expenses unique to that location. This information provides a realistic foundation for budget planning.

Create a Flexible Itinerary

While having a well-structured itinerary is essential, it's equally important to allow for flexibility during a group trip. Different people may have varying preferences and energy levels. To cater to everyone's needs, create a flexible itinerary that includes a mix of group activities and free time. This allows for spontaneous exploration or relaxation, ensuring that everyone gets the most out of the trip without feeling overwhelmed. It could also help to make an activity planning for during the trips, plan days for chilling and for active activities, this will get everyone on the same page.

Consider Group Travel Insurance

Group travel insurance or other fariouse tour operators insurance is a wise investment to protect everyone's well-being and financial interests during the trip. Research and compare different insurance options to find a policy that offers comprehensive coverage for winter activities, medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and lost or damaged belongings. Group travel insurance provides peace of mind, knowing that you have a safety net in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

Foster a Positive Group Dynamic

Maintaining a positive group dynamic is essential for an enjoyable and stress-free trip. Encourage open communication, respect individual preferences, and be mindful of each other's needs. It's important to strike a balance between spending time together as a group and allowing personal space. Regularly check in with each other to ensure that everyone is comfortable and having a good time. By fostering a positive group dynamic, you'll create a supportive and harmonious atmosphere throughout the journey.

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