Summer is right around the corner.

We’ve waited months to indulge in the sun, dip our toes in the sand, and hit our favorite destinations. If you haven’t booked your summer vacation, then it’s time to start thinking about where you want to go.

One of the leading experts in the travel industry is PCR Travel in Center Township. Owned and operated by Jeff Meehan, PCR is a full-service travel agency that can handle all of your travel needs down to the smallest of details.

PCR opened for business in 1990. It was known as Premier Travel until 2002 when it merged with Centi Travel in Monaca and purchased Ragona Travel in Aliquippa, thus giving birth to PCR travel later that year. PCR has been located at its present location along Brodhead Road right in the heart of Center Township since 1998.

Why Use a Travel Agent?

In a world of growing online booking agencies such as Expedia, Hotwire, Priceline, and Orbitz, using a travel agency is still the preferred and most reliable method when it comes to reserving your upcoming trip.

PCR will match or beat Internet pricing every day of the week. When you think you have found a good deal online, give PCR a call. Jeff Meehan has over 25 years of travel sales experience that is based on the knowledge of his personal travels.

PCR knows their destinations and knows what hotels are most accommodating. Chances are Meehan or someone in his family has been to your desired destination. Most of the time they can give you their personal experiences of where you want to go.

They don’t sell speculatively, such as from brochures or through websites. When you book online, you must pay for the entire trip up front at the time of booking. With PCR, they allow payment plans so you can budget responsibly and afford your next vacation. They also accept payment by check, cash, and credit card.

After booking your trip through PCR, you will receive your travel documents that have been thoroughly and personally reviewed. Every aspect of your trip is attended to professionally. All you need to do is pack your bags and show up to the airport or your destination.

If for whatever reason you need to cancel your trip, they will not charge you a cancellation fee. And they’re accessible by phone or in person at their office if you ever have a question.

Destination Weddings & Group Vacations

Destination weddings are hotter than ever. This is another area of PCR’s expertise.

They’ve been planning and booking destination weddings for groups large and small for over 10 years. They will work with you and your family on booking the destination wedding of your dreams.

And if you’re traveling somewhere with a group of people, PCR has you covered there too. It’s hard to book a group trip online with everyone trying to match flights, flight times, and prices, as they can fluctuate from day to day and even hour to hour.

PCR will work with your group to make sure everyone is on the same flight, leaving at the same time, and paying the same price.

Where Do You Want To Go?

My two favorite destinations are Cancun and Cabo San Lucas. While those are still popular destinations, I asked Jeff Meehan where people have been travelling recently. Some of the places on his “hot” list for 2015 are:

  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Dreams All-Inclusive in St. Thomas
  • Southern Caribbean cruises
  • Turks and Caicos
  • Upper-end All-Inclusive properties in Riviera Maya and Punta Cana
  • Western Europe
  • The Hawaiian Islands
  • Bermuda
  • South Florida and the Keys
  • Northern California Wine Country

Dana Gaertner and her husband recently booked an all-inclusive vacation to Turks and Caicos through PCR. She said, “The Meehan’s were so helpful. They dropped books off at our house and gave us many options for vacations to choose from. They made everything extremely easy for us. Any questions I had they were able to answer. PCR is fantastic!”

PCR Travel is open for business Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm and weekend hours by appointment. They’re located at 3433 Brodhead Road, Suite 7, in Center Township. They can be reached by phone at 724-775-9560 or at their website, www.pcrtravel.net.

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Marc is a lifelong resident of Beaver County. A 2001 graduate of Center High School and 2005 graduate of Point Park University, Marc is employed by the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and officiates high school and college football. Follow Marc on Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram @marcgrando