Travel Thoughts

Eliza Myers

Staff Sound-Off: Packing Tips

Posted by Eliza Myers in Travel Thoughts on September 08, 2016

 
 

We asked the staff at The Group Travel Leader: “What is your best space-saving tip when packing a suitcase?” Find out their best ideas below! “I’m not sure if this is a space-saving tip, but I generally have shirts, slacks and maybe a sport coat that have been dry cleaned. I have to fit them…

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Mac Lacy

Herding Cats

Posted by Mac Lacy in Travel Thoughts on August 16, 2016

 
 

What makes a good tour director?  Who are these people who enjoy the challenge of “herding cats” for a week in a foreign country?  While some of us can barely manage the human dynamics of traveling with our spouse, how can others be up for the challenge of handling two dozen strangers who meet each…

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When you find yourself sweating just sitting outside, the idea of sneaking off to a cooler climate can seem very appealing. Though plenty of vacationers plan ahead for warm winter retreats, not everyone considers the benefits of avoiding the extreme July and August heat wave. If jacket weather sounds appealing while you overheat even in…

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“I’m going to die. I’m going to die,” I kept repeating dramatically. Don’t worry; no, I was actually in no danger whatsoever. I was 14 and at the height of my adolescent melodramatics. I repeated the statement to my mother to underline my current suffering of trying to sleep in a stuffy car in the…

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All too often in life, there’s a disappointing difference between what you see and what you get. Fast-food hamburgers look fresh, plump and delicious in TV commercials. But when I unwrap a burger after pulling out of a drive-through, I’m always disappointed to find a stale, shriveled, greasy mess. The lettuce is not crisp, and…

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We asked the staff at The Group Travel Leader: “What is your favorite scenic drive in America?” Find out their favorite road trips below!   “I have not driven Highway 1 in California, nor have I driven those long, lonely stretches of highway across the American West, so I cannot claim a comprehensive reservoir of knowledge…

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Mac Lacy

2016 Travel Planner Trends

Posted by Mac Lacy in Travel Thoughts on June 20, 2016

 
 

It seems to be a good use of this column once a year to summarize what I learned from the buyer breakout sessions at our annual Select Traveler Conference. At these sessions, I ask group travel planners various questions about their current trips. • On the issue of travel interests in light of international terrorism…

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We asked the staff at The Group Travel Leader: “What is your favorite patriotic attraction in the United States?” Find out the who their American idols are below! For me, Washington, D.C., is the most patriotic city in America, and walking around the National Mall is a great lesson in American history, but Arlington National Cemetery…

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One day’s mysterious and inaccessible country can turn into the next tourism hot spot tomorrow in this fast-paced world. With modern advancements and familiarization with a destination, mindsets about travel can change within just a few years. Keep these exotic destinations in mind when planning your next or future group trips.   1.) Ecuador Since…

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Nobody likes to hear complaints. But if you deal with them the right way, complaints can help you hone your skills as a travel planner and build better relationships with your customers. If you take enough people on enough trips, sooner or later something is going to go wrong. And when that happens, someone is…

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