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What’s a Junket?

By Linda Tancs

Sadly, the term “junket” is often pejoratively used to suggest a trip sponsored by a third party seeking special favors from the traveler.  Celebrities have also been known to use the term when describing the obligatory press cycle they must endure to promote their latest endeavor.  In travel terms, is a “junket” any less than an “excursion”?  Better than a “jaunt”?  Some self-proclaimed junkets have a long and venerable history, like the Kentucky Derby Junket.  Reminds me of that quote from George Bernard Shaw: “Words are only postage stamps delivering the object for you to unwrap.”  Maybe there’s room for junkets in the travel lexicon after all.

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