Do you want to take a trip? Visit ITT!

Navy spouse Marlyn DeMesa explores the globe with her son at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Information, Tickets and Travel office on U.S. Naval Base Guam July 9.  U.S. Navy photo by Shaina Marie Santos/Released

Do you want to take a trip? Visit ITT!

by: Shaina Marie Santos
Joint Region Edge Staff
published: October 25, 2012
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On U.S. Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation Guam and the 36th Forces Support Squadron Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) offices offer unique learning opportunities for families.

The offices feature local tours for activities such as dolphin watching, jet skiing, a river cruise and submarine ride as well as packages to travel destinations such as Australia, China and Hong Kong.

MWR ITT Travel Agent Carly Macias said traveling and participating in new activities can promote learning and new experiences for patrons and especially families with children.

“The world is out there, ready for you to explore it,” she said. “By traveling, you teach your child about geography and different cultures. By doing some of the local tours, you can teach them about the ocean, sea life, nature, the balance of life, different cultures as well as entertain their mind(s).”

36th FSS ITT Travel Agent Paul Cepeda echoed Macias’ thoughts and added that traveling opens patrons of all ages to new ideas and horizons.

“The tours and travel(s) we book for families can teach both parents and children that there is more than one set of beliefs, cultures, races, ethnicities and ideas in existence,” he said. “They’ll learn…how certain tasks were performed before the advent of modern tools and technology.”

Cepeda also highlighted that traveling as a family can offer an added benefit of strengthening familial bonds.

“Off-island or local travel can teach both parents and children how to cooperate with each other as a family unit, creating a stronger bond between parents and children,” he said.

Navy spouse Marlyn DeMesa has visited different locations in Asia with her family and said traveling with her children offers unique experiences.

“They enjoy [travel] a lot,” she said. “They get to see the different places.”

Macias suggests before embarking on a trip, parents prepare themselves and their children ahead of time.

“Parents should research the area ahead of time so they know what they should expect and what they can prepare their child for,” she said. “[They can] prepare lessons for their child, read up on things they can find at their destinations before going so they can point out landmarks, plants or animals they recognize.”

For more information about the travel offices or to book your next family-fun adventure, contact the MWR ITT office at 989-2301 or the 36th FSS ITT office at 366-2586.