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The Heroes in Your Family Tree

Enjoy this original Authentic Vacation’s story. The hero in this story is the grandfather of our Authentic storyteller and the photograph is the grandfather of our senior Destination Expert. It is our joy to share it and inspire you to discover more!

Today our heroes are the people who take care of us in hundreds of ways. All might have been seen as ordinary—they’re not astronauts or movie stars. Have you looked at your own family tree? We are certain it’s filled with surprising heroes who rose up to help out. You came from that exceptional group of anything-but-ordinary people.

Twin brothers stood on a dock in Ireland. The year was 1888. They’d moved from the countryside, the youngest two of twelve children, and into the city to earn money for a fresh start.  One became a boxer. The other brother brought the folks in and took their bets.  After one year, they’d saved enough to make new dreams.

Twin ships were harbored, one bound for New Zealand and the other to Ellis Island. The brothers flipped a coin.  Heads, and one boy’s destiny was in the southern hemisphere; tails and the other was headed for America.  They laughed into the sky from the sheer joy of being alive, and hugged each other tight.

At first glance, they grew into ordinary men. Digging deeper, one founded an orphanage in New Zealand, and the other struggled for worker’s rights  on the docks in San Francisco. They worked hard, kept dreaming, and raised strong children. Their family tree is filled with ordinary heroes, the best kind.

This is the perfect time to discover and nurture your own family garden. Its energy will enliven you. When you’re ready to visit the home of your ancestors, we at Authentic Vacations will help you every step of the way. Be amazed!