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Mitigating Risk in the Field: What is Your Emergency Plan?

Feb 21, 2020 |

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| by Christa Markley

As an educational travel planner, it can be daunting to think about health and safety issues that might arise when your students are traveling in the field: the world suddenly seems like one big booby trap....

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Be an inbox hero: Email tips for travel planners

Feb 13, 2020 |

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| by Lindsay Taulbee

When communicating with your travelers (or potential travelers), sending courteous, clear, and effective emails can make all the difference in the success of your group travel program. It may seem trivial, but following certain email guidelines can foster trust in your organization, prevent ...

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Group Sharing Made Easy: Tripcast’s “Living Travel Journal”

Dec 20, 2019 |

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| by Christa Markley

You’ve just returned from the trip of a lifetime, and your group parts ways at the airport with one promise in unison: “I’ll send you my photos!” Some people are warriors and champions, and they battle the fates of technology and procrastination to fulfill their oath. But most, understandably, ...

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How to effectively promote your group travel program

Nov 14, 2019 |

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| by Lindsay Taulbee

Designing the perfect group travel program for your organization or institution is fun, but deciding on the itinerary is only part of the process. Once you’ve finalized the details, the next step is getting the word out. The key is to start early; by announcing the trip sooner rather than ...

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WhatsApp with that? Keeping in touch in the digital age of travel

Jul 18, 2019 |

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| by Lindsay Taulbee

The world is increasingly connected, and keeping in touch with friends and family back home—and with your fellow travelers in the field—is getting easier and easier. In many countries around the world, Wifi is becoming standard in hotels, restaurants, and other public places, and cell service ...

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Handling illness in the field: the do’s and don’ts

Jul 18, 2019 |

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| by Molly O'Brien

Leading group travel is an exciting and worthwhile experience and also one that requires sufficient preparation and responsibility. Unfortunately, even with ample preparation, sometimes travelers fall ill in the field.  When this happens, it presents a challenge for the individual but need not ...

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Here’s a Tip: Decoding Gratuities

Jun 13, 2019 |

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| by Lindsay Taulbee

Imagine it’s the last night of a wonderful trip. Everything has gone smoothly so far. All your travelers have enjoyed themselves and built a nice camaraderie. As everyone gathers for a final farewell dinner, Thelma pulls you aside. She’s uncomfortable because Louise is trying to collect tips ...

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Revisiting Your Group Travel Insurance

Group Travel organizers are charged with many different tasks as they move from planning stages through the welcome home phase. From program design and marketing to registrations and final documents, the hats are many. One important hat is the having the overall responsibility to your group. ...

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Tips & Resources: For Your Travelers – Free Guide to Traveling Responsibly

Help make your travelers more responsible In offering travel to your organization and community, you can have a big impact on reducing our carbon footprint. Not only can you make smart choices about which providers you work with, you can also educate your participants on how they can make a ...

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Duo dynamics: Ensuring a successful partnership between leader and guide

For group planners, the relationship between your in-field trip leader and local guide is a major factor in a trip’s success. This dynamic not only affects the logistical unfolding of the itinerary, it also has a huge impact on the intangible “tone” of a trip – and how your participants will ...

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