Lutz scheduled a trip to Club Med Turkoise, an adults-only resort in Turks and Caicos, in 1988. Ironically, she would meet the love of her life before wheels down at her final destination.
"Let's just say I intentionally went away on my own. I told my mom at the time I was going to find a new husband as if it was a fun job. This was recently after a divorce, and I was still only 28 at the time," she said.
Find a new husband is exactly what she did.
She and her now-husband, Ray Xerri, chit-chatted at the airport and found they were bound for the same destination but scheduled for different flights. When Ray's flight got delayed, he was switched to Holly's, much to her delight.
Their plane took off, but air traffic detoured their courtship. The plane had to turn around mid-flight. Ray ended up on his original flight while Holly disappointedly waited overnight at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York for the next plane in the morning.
"I arrived one day later than him. He had a big smile on his face as I approached him on a lounge chair," said the now Mrs. Xerri.
On May 29, they celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary.