News, guidance, and resources for group travel planners

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How to effectively promote your group travel program

Nov 14, 2019 |

Tips and Resources

| 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 |

Tips and Resources

| 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 |

Tips and Resources

| 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 |

Tips and Resources

| 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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The big short: 5 tactics to fill an under-enrolled group

We’ve all been there. Your travel program had a flurry of initial enrollments but the well has gone dry. Your final payment deadline is fast approaching and you are several travelers short. How do you avoid canceling and alienating the loyal travelers who signed up?...

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What’s in a Name? Why your program title is important.

We may not want to admit it, but our loyal travelers aren’t as loyal as we think. They are scouring numerous options as they consider their next destination:  “which Peru (or other) program is right for me?”...

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Dealing with Difficult Participants

Aug 1, 2018 |

Tips and Resources

| by Lindsay Taulbee

Leading group travel is fun and rewarding, but it also comes with its own set of responsibilities. Whenever you bring together people with different backgrounds, interests, and experience, the potential for friction arises. Unfortunately, one difficult person can sour the experience for ...

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