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  • Writer's pictureColette DeGrazia

Make memories with Group Travel!

You’ve heard the old quote…"There is strength in numbers”. Well, there is also a heck of a lot of fun in numbers, especially when you travel with like-minded and fun-seeking friends and family members. Unless you are planning a honeymoon, anniversary trip, or simply a romantic getaway for two, you might want to consider asking a few friends or family members to join you on your next vacation. A group doesn't have to be a large number of travelers! Here are several reasons why it can really enhance your experience: 1. When a work-related group, such as an Accounting firm, gets away from the stresses of the office at the end of tax season, they get the chance to blow off some steam and make fantastic memories together. That can lead to happiness in the workplace, and even improve the long-term employee retention numbers in the firm. Many business owners are generous and especially after what the world has gone through, taking employees on a trip or offering group travel as a bonus or incentive trip goes a long way. The culture of a company shows in the spirit of their employees. The company that plays together…stays together! 2. Families with multi-generations often live miles apart and the average family with children usually has such an incredibly busy schedule that it is often impossible to enjoy each other. It is becoming more and more common for a member of the family – usually a grandparent – to spearhead (and sometimes pay for) a multi-generational family group to get away together. I am currently working with a family group who is planning a custom tour of Ireland next summer to trace their heritage – funded by Grandma. She would rather enjoy the vacation and experience of having all of her children together now than leave them the money later. Cruising is also a very popular extended-family getaway because there are so many onboard activities that appeal to all different age groups. It’s a very relaxed and fun atmosphere that allows all ages to have fun and spend time with each other. 3. It’s also becoming more popular for groups of friends to get away together. Especially friends who have kids the same ages! How much fun would it be to have the kids all playing together at the beach or pool while the adults enjoy a cocktail and a little adult R&R. If there are older kids involved, they can even take turns watching the younger ones while the grownups go out for a rare childless dinner. There are built-in playmates for both the youngsters and the adults alike! When I have a family book a spring break getaway or summer vacation, I usually ask them “are there any friends or family members that you think might enjoy joining you on this trip?” Most of the time, they end up sharing the info and thanking me for thinking of the idea…Hey…that’s what I do! 4. Another idea are groups that you are involved with where there is a common bond. Church groups, golf four-some's, tennis teams, Craft Clubs, Book Clubs, Flower Clubs, Fraternal Organizations, you name it! Often the coordination is the thing that “trips” up traveling in these types of groups. When you work with a Travel Advisor, all that heavy lifting is taken care of. It goes so much smoother when you higher a professional. There are so many moving parts that it is too much work for someone not accustomed to booking travel for groups and often the group trip idea falls apart. 5. Milestone Celebration Travel is a perfect way to honor the milestone! Celebrating anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, retirements in a special destination is very memorable. Do you have any coming up you need ideas for? So, have I inspired YOU to get a small group together for your next adventure? Don't forget that my connections give you a plethora of choices as well as add tremendous value to your group trip. It could end up being your favorite vacation EVER! Why not get away with some friends and family and make some amazing memories at the same time???? It’s a true “Win-Win” for everyone!

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