Travel Thoughts

Staff Soundoff: Jet Lag

Posted by Group Travel Leader in Travel Thoughts on December 08, 2014

 
 

  We asked staff at The Group Travel Leader the question: “What are your tricks for dealing with jet lag?” Find out what works for these seasoned travelers below!   “I’ve found it most helpful to stay awake throughout the first day after landing overseas, no matter how badly I want to sleep. Getting out,…

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An On-The-Road Epiphany

Posted by Mac Lacy in Travel Thoughts on November 21, 2014

 
 

Returning from Jordan last week on Royal Jordanian Airlines, I enjoyed a cosmic moment in my life. It started uneventfully. In a rush to get on the road to the airport in Amman that morning, I threw my headphones into a small bag I usually take on the plane. But for this trip, I had…

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Here’s a secret about youth group travel: It isn’t all about the destination. Don’t get me wrong — the destination matters. There’s a reason that student groups flock to Washington, D.C., and that church youth groups head to camp at the beach every summer. A trip destination with a lot of sizzle will probably help…

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New York City remains an iconic destination that ends up on most people’s bucket lists. Our staff sound-off on their favorite memories of the Big Apple!   “I’m a big fan of the High Line. The last time I was in New York with my family, we did a couple dozen blocks on a bright…

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In more than a decade of professional travel journalism, I’ve attended dozens if not 100 or more familiarization (FAM) tours of many varieties. In addition to individual FAMs, I’ve joined organized tours with other writers, as well as group leaders, tour operators, travel agents and other industry professionals. And although each tour is different, FAM…

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“Just try it,” said my mom, offering me a taste of her boiled cabbage. “It’s not like it’s going to hurt you to just try it.” I looked at the mushy, green cabbage she was offering and quietly disagreed. It must be admitted that boiled cabbage can look pretty scary no matter how you feel…

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Are there certain amenities that should be included on any group tour that happens anywhere in the world? I spent a lot of time on tours this summer and fall, and noticed some trends and amenities that I really enjoyed — and others that I missed. It made me wonder if it’s time for some…

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On March 30, for the first time ever, we assembled a group of about 150 travel planners for banks, chambers of commerce and alumni associations for face-to-face conversations at the Select Traveler Conference in Huntsville, Alabama. Our kickoff program at the conference was the popular breakout session where planners sit and share ideas in a…

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“What is a favorite view you remember from a trip?” People travel far and wide to take in a spectacular view. Our staff let us know some of their favorite panoramas they beheld during their travels.   “The incredible vistas from the top of Grinnell Glacier stay in my mind as some of the most…

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The conference room was almost totally silent as five travel writers and I awaited the arrival of one of the most recognizable people in America. This June, the legendary Dolly Parton agreed to promote her beloved Dollywood theme park with a group interview. It sounded like an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when I first heard about it….

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