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December 13, 2023

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How to Plan a Group Trip Your Friends Will Love

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Traveling with a group of your closest friends or family can be a truly wonderful experience. The joys of group travel reside not only in the destinations explored, but the laughter shared, memories forged, and unexpected adventures that arise along the way. 

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Whether navigating bustling city streets, venturing into the heart of nature, or immersing in various cultures, the collective energy of a group amplifies the excitement! Orchestrating a seamless group vacation takes meticulous planning and thoughtful consideration of the diverse preferences of your party. 

Here’s how you can plan an unforgettable group travel experience that everyone will love. 

Collaborate on Your Itinerary

Planning a great group trip means taking the various expectations and preferences of your fellow travelers into consideration to ensure everyone's satisfaction. Begin by establishing a collective vision and goals, and engage in open discussions to understand the diverse interests within the group. 

This will serve as the foundation for crafting a well-balanced itinerary featuring a harmonious blend of activities catering to the varied preferences within the group. Whether exploring cultural landmarks, embarking on outdoor adventures, or relaxing in luxury—a diverse mix of group and individual activities ensures everyone has an enjoyable time. 

Establish effective communication channels to keep everyone in the loop throughout the planning and booking process, and be sure to include contingency plans for unforeseen circumstances.

Consider Your Budget 

The next crucial aspect of travel planning is establishing a budget.

Depending on your party’s preferences, you may opt for a luxurious, shared suite in the heart of a bustling city, or more rustic accommodations for a budget-friendly stay. 

Be sure to assess your individual financial constraints and considerations, and collectively explore cost-effective options for the best lodging, transportation, and activities. 

Decide on a Destination

Pay careful consideration to the group's collective interests. 

Whether the allure of vibrant cityscapes, tranquility of natural landscapes, or richness of cultural experiences, finding the perfect location is essential. 

Consider factors such as how much privacy your group desires, whether you crave the ability to cook for yourselves, and what activities you wish. And, of course, give everyone in the group a say to narrow down options and vote on favorites.

Find the Right Time to Book & Travel

Timing is crucial, and collaboratively determining the most convenient dates and optimal duration ensures every member of the group synchronizes their schedules— minimizing conflicts and maximizing participation. 

Assess seasonal factors such as weather conditions, crowd sizes, pricing changes, and the overall atmosphere of the chosen destination to determine the best time for your trip. 

Choose Where to Stay 

Accommodations play a pivotal role in the overall experience, so invest time in researching and booking options that align with the group's needs and expectations. The place you call "home" during your journey sets the tone for daily routines and shared moments. 

Ensure that the lodgings align seamlessly with the diverse needs and preferences of the group, whether seeking the cozy intimacy of boutique hotels, communal spirit of rustic lodges, or flexibility of vacation rentals. Each option brings a unique flavor to the collective experience! 

Work With a Professional Travel Advisor 

Navigating the intricacies of group travel planning can be a complex and time-consuming endeavor, so the best way to ensure an unforgettable and worry-free experience is to work with a professional travel advisor. 

These seasoned experts have a wealth of knowledge, industry connections, and keen understanding of unique destinations and travel offerings. 

They Secure the Best Deals 

Travel advisors find tours that aren’t listed publicly, leverage their relationships with various travel partners such as airlines and hotels to secure discounts , and even score upgrades and unannounced perks. Occasionally, travel partners will give discounts for block purchases, such as hotel reservations, which your advisor can advocate for— saving your group even more money than if you went onto a discount travel website or booked directly.

Finally, when you use a travel advisor, you can book with a deposit instead of having to immediately pay in full. That means your group can choose where to go, where to stay, and what to do—without substantial up-front costs.

They Take Care of the Logistics

Coordinating flights, transportation, lodging, and activities is a challenge even when you’re only taking care of yourself. Now imagine trying to get a group of people on the same flight or, at the very least, to your destination in the same time frame, booking multiple hotel rooms, and coordinating who will track down and schedule tours, restaurants, transportations, and rentals.

Travel advisors secure flights for all members of your group and work to meet each individual’s unique needs. They also book room blocks, identify any documentation needs—if you’re going to an international destination, and one of your friends has a passport from a country that has visa specifications, for example—and schedule your trip from start to finish in a time- and money-saving manner.

They Recommend Group Activities

Say you and a friend really want to go whitewater rafting, while the two other members of your group would rather have a spa day. All four of you agree that you don’t want to spend time apart. Travel advisors are trained to advise you on alternate locations, solutions to logistical problems, and anything else that might occur. They may even be able to find whitewater rafting hosted by a hotel that has a spa!

They Help Address Any Hiccups or Mistakes

One of the many benefits of working with a travel advisor is the peace of mind deriving from knowing they’ll continue to advocate for you throughout your trip. Say your friend’s flight gets canceled, or you schedule a group tour and the company only reserves five seats when you actually need six. Instead of wasting precious vacation time on the phone, alert your travel advisor, and they will talk to airlines, tour operators, and whoever else on your behalf. 

Just focus on having a fun time with your friends.

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Our certified team of travel experts works with you to ensure your vacation goes off without a hitch, overseeing all the various aspects of your vacation so you won't have to worry about anything. 

Our advisors go above and beyond to ensure a seamless journey. They book every element of your trip and craft a customized itinerary based on your group’s specifications. They even provide exclusive upgrades and travel bonuses to elevate your travel experience to new heights. 

What's more, their support extends far beyond the planning phase. They’ll be on hand throughout your entire journey, ready to assist in case of any unexpected occurrences abroad. 

The best part? InteleTravel Advisors provide their expertise at no additional cost to travelers . So why wait? 

With an InteleTravel Advisor, enjoy the peace of mind from knowing every detail of your trip is in expert hands. 

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Group Travel: 10 Foolproof Rules for Traveling with Others

I have had my share of group travel adventures over my 20+ years of living. Whether I was traveling with family, friends, and even people I did not know, I found a common set of issues that would arise. Let’s be real, traveling as a group can be extremely fun. You’re in a new location, or possibly a familiar one, and you want to enjoy your time away because you took time off from work to escape reality.

On the other side, traveling as a group can turn into a nightmare before the trip even starts and especially during. You are dealing with different personalities, negative attitudes, and everyone wants to do something different.

Listen. I’ve been through it and I don’t know about you, but I’m not dealing with it anymore. To help you, and me, I created a list of guidelines that I believe will make any group travel trip peaceful and highly enjoyable.

If this doesn’t help you, then you need new friends or need to travel solo. I said what I said.

1. Have a Set Itinerary

This tip right here will solve so many issues right off the bat. If you’re in charge of planning the trip, send out the itinerary to everyone during the planning stages and before the money is collected. This way, everyone knows exactly what the trip entails and there are no surprises.

If you want to get input from people to create the itinerary, then do so before sending out the official plans. Ask your group for their top “Must See” in order to create the itinerary. Or, if you want more control, send out a set list of defined plans that people can select from.

I believe in being extremely organized and highly detailed. When you create the itinerary, it needs to be very clear. Depending on your trip, make sure you include the following: Flight times, dates of the trip, the daily schedule with the times in which each event is happening (i.e. planned tours) when breakfast, lunch, and dinner is scheduled.

Once the list has been finalized, send it out. At that point, little to no changes should be made. Everyone has agreed upon the set schedule ahead of the planned trip date. Knowing up front the planned activities and the places that will be visited will also help people to plan how much extra money they should bring.

2. Leave Space for Individual Free Time

This goes hand in hand with Tip #1. In the planning phase of the group trip, make sure you leave open space for everyone to have their own free time to do as they please. Depending on the length of the trip, this could be in the form of a free day where meals and all plans are left up to you. Or, set aside time each day for a few hours.

You may have couples that want to go out to dinner on their own. Or, in your group, you may be traveling with kids and they may need time to play or go to the pool.

Plus, even though you came as a group, everyone needs their space from others. Even family can and will get on your last nerve. To avoid the meltdown, have some time to back away and regroup.

3. Agree on Excursions BEFORE the Trip

Group excursions will absolutely give you a headache. One person wants to go jet skiing, while the other wants to take a city tour. Maybe someone doesn’t want to do anything at all. If the excursion must be done as a group, then you will have to take a vote. Again, do this BEFORE you are at the destination. Don’t wait until the day of and then spend the rest of the day arguing because one person doesn’t want to do what the other person does.

Take a vote, and the majority vote wins. That’s it. If others want to do something else and that’s an option, then let them do it. But just let them know, that the excursion that won is the excursion on the itinerary and it’s their responsibility to find something else if they so choose.

4. Don’t Take it Personal. Let. It. Go.

Yes my friend. Be like Elsa and LET IT GO!

This more so goes for when you are on the trip. Enjoy yourself! If someone else is miserable and not having a good time, let them be and don’t bother with with them. It’s nothing worse than flying half way across the world and someone is upset because there’s no McDonald’s.

Don’t take another person’s misery personal on your vacation. You took time off to have a good time and by golly, you should!

5. Have Only One or Two Trusted Trip Leaders

Every trip needs a designated point of contact. Especially when it’s a large group. This leader is responsible for the following:

  • Communicating with entire group updates/changes
  • Ensuring all hotel accommodations are set
  • Making sure everyone in the group has all information needed
  • Collecting the money
  • If booking a group flight, making sure everyone knows the travel documents they are required to bring
  • Confirming reservations
  • Answering questions

I want to emphasize, this needs to be a trusted person. Don’t let just anybody start collecting the money! Plus, this person needs to be pretty organized. They need to be willing and available to answer questions before the trip and during. By no means does this person need to be a professional travel planner, but only one or two people should carry the responsibility of making sure the whole group has what they need.

The last reason you need a designated leader is who else do you blame when the reservations get messed up?

6. Book Using a Tour Company

This is always a great choice for group travel adventures. Go with a trusted and reliable tour company. I know many people like to plan it themselves and think they can get off much cheaper and that may be true. However, using a tour company alleviates a lot of stress and there’s no confusion as to what the trip entails.

Depending on the tour company, some may even allow each individual to pay their portion of the package. This at least provides more trust and it’s not all on one person to turn over a large sum of money.

Also, a tour company will already have a set Itinerary based on your needs and travel destination location. Let someone else with more experience worry about the hotel, transportation, food, and tours. All you have to do is get your plane ticket, and show up!

When I have traveled as a group, we have used a tour company when going to Kenya and Egypt . It made making arrangements much easier and plus, we knew when we arrived, everything was already in place.

7. Be Open Minded

If you are traveling as a group, then you should already understand that you will be together as a group for the duration of the trip. It’s not all about you. Be willing to try new things, eat new foods, and go to places you may not have normally gone. Travel is all about the adventure you take. Group travel is the adventure you take with others.

Remember, no one knows you in the location you’re going to. You can be anybody. A lot of the amazing experiences I have had have been through group travel. People will introduce you to things you haven’t tried. Be open and be willing.

Loosen up your tie, let your hair down, and be open minded.

8. Try to Book Flights Together

You may or may not be able to do this. However, if you are coming from the same city, book a group flight or get everyone on the same flight. Many times, you will get a discounted rate if you book a 10+ flight trip.

If the group is not coming from the same city, then at least try to arrive around the same time. This way, vacation can get started right away especially if the vacation is with a tour guide.

Take into consideration that if you are traveling abroad, understand that not everyone has experience with traveling alone to another country. I know my first time traveling to Egypt , I had no idea where to even start with booking a flight to another city, let alone another country! If you travel together, everyone goes together and you can lean on someone when you don’t know what to do and where to go.

9. Collect a NON-REFUNDABLE Deposit and Set Solid Payment Deadlines

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I’m pretty sure everyone has seen the above meme. I’m also pretty sure that everyone can relate to it. Don’t be like the meme. Avoid the meme at all cost. Want to know how to avoid this meme situation?…

Wait for it…

Get some money upfront and make it non-refundable!

Let’s quickly jump back to tip #1, when you send the finalized itinerary out, include the dates that individual payments need to be made and finalized. Matter of fact, make sure you make the dates early because you already know, someone is going to be late at least once or twice. You’ll thank me later.

Look, group trips require advanced bookings in order to accommodate all of those planning to come. I am not going to book a guided tour with transportation for 16 people, put a deposit down with the intentions of 16 people coming, and then only have 7 people show up. You may or may not have the ability to update your bookings depending on the company.

I would suggest the deposit should be at least $300-$500, depending on the price of the total trip. This will let you know who’s serious and not going to waste your time. By collecting a non-refundable deposit in the event that someone decides to back out, at least you have money to put towards the group. Most people have better judgment about their decision to attend the trip when a significant amount of money is given upfront.

10. Create an Agreed Upon Contract and Have Everyone Sign it.

If you learned nothing else from my list, then this is the most important one of them all.

If you have watched Judge Judy over the years, the person that most likely wins the court case is the one that has physical proof on paper. You can’t argue with a written document or a contract. Get it in writing.

Now, this does not have to be fancy and you don’t have to consult an attorney, unless you want to. I’m not qualified to give legal advice and you may think this is doing the most. But, I watch Judge Judy so I’m pretty legit. Travel is not a cheap hobby and to have people cancel on you and leave you to foot the bill is not right. Everyone needs to be held accountable for their portion of the trip.

Get it in Writing!

Type up a one page document and have everyone review it. If they agree to the terms, have them sign it, keep a record of it, and then proceed with collecting the deposit. This not only protects the group organizer, but it protects others in the group as well. If a group member and I pay for a room that is based on double occupancy and the group member backs out, now I’m responsible for the other portion. It’s not fair.

Set the rules and all stipulations. I recall when I traveled with a group, we were told that if 2 people dropped out of the package (since this was booked through a tour company) we would be responsible for paying the full portion of the person not going. I don’t know about you, but that’s no bueno for me.

Get it in writing so if you end up on Judge Judy, you won’t be embarrassed. You’re welcome!

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10 Group Travel Tips for 20-somethings

A group of 20 somethings have fun on a trip.

If you're used to traveling solo or with a partner, then traveling with a group of 20-somethings (or strangers) might be a whole new ball game. And if that's the case for you, then you're in for the experience of a lifetime!

Traveling with a group can no doubt be a ton of fun, and there are so many benefits that come with it. Some obvious group travel tips: never dine alone ; have someone to explore the outdoors with; have another human to bounce ideas and observations off of; have a friend to sip wine or chug a beer with; have a guaranteed buddy for a night out; and discover the beautiful world alongside another. If you're lucky enough to travel with a big group of friends (or want to seize your luck with new friends at FTLO this year ), then here's some great group travel advice to keep in mind to make the most of your experience together.

1. Keep an open mind

Traveler in an ice cave in Iceland.

The key to maintaining good vibes throughout a trip that involves many people is keeping an open mind. When you practice flexibility and understanding, you give others the room to be themselves, which will help set a great tone for your trip.

Encourage Authenticity: Authenticity thrives when there's acceptance, and this atmosphere allows your fellow travelers to feel more at ease. It's about acknowledging that each person brings their unique perspective, interests, and quirks to the table, making the trip richer and more dynamic.

2. Be nice to everyone

Travelers in their 20s on a group trip in Mexico.

Back to the good old "golden rule" of treat others the way you want to be treated . This rule is particularly impactful when you're traveling with a group of people. Why? Because people tend to be tired, jet-lagged, anxious, excited or feeling many other ways that aren't always visible to the eye, so when you're nice to people, it helps offset any of those negative feelings. Additionally, if you're traveling with people you don't know very well, then being nice and respectful of others is a good way to start a friendship that could last a lifetime.

Cultivating Empathy: Empathy is a valuable trait for any traveler. When you put yourself in the shoes of your fellow group members, you gain a better understanding of their perspectives and needs.

3. Consider everyone's wants and goals for the trip

Travelers going to the pub in Dublin.

Remember that everyone has invested a bit of themselves to be here (time, money, *dreams*), so you might not all have the exact same vision of what your trip should look like – and that's OK! For some, alone time might be important, while for others, connecting with lots of new locals might be a lifelong dream. Whatever the case may be, keep in mind that everyone is ultimately excited to be here and just wants to make the most of their experience, so again, practicing some flexibility or deciding to split up for a few activities is totally alright!

Practicing Adaptability: Travel, by its nature, is unpredictable. Plans may change, weather might not cooperate, and unexpected adventures may unfold. Maintaining an open mind is akin to having a flexible attitude. It enables you to adapt to unforeseen circumstances and make the most of spontaneous opportunities. Remember, some of the most memorable moments on a trip are the ones you didn't plan for.

4. Be present

Travelers on a hike in Portugal.

Being present is important when you're traveling for several reasons. For one, it improves safety when you're alert and aware of your environment, but aside from that, it just makes for better interactions between you and everyone around you. There's nothing worse than someone trying to have a conversation and the other person is on their phone, browsing the Insta. Your friends are here, now, in this moment...and there are memories waiting to me made. Your email can wait!

Fostering a Positive Tone: An open mind sets the stage for a fantastic travel experience. By respecting each other's choices and being open to new ideas, you contribute to a harmonious group dynamic that can turn challenges into opportunities for growth and shared laughter.

5. Be open to splitting up occasionally

Two travelers swim in the Dead Sea at sunset.

When you're traveling with a group of people, there's no doubt there will be moments in which different people want to do different things. Everyone's energy levels and interests are different (we're human!), so there's no problem if some people are down to go to a bar, and others want to stay in an enjoy some wine from the comfort of their bed (yes). Splitting up for some activities is alright, and in fact, might give you some breathing space you didn't know you needed!

Catering to Varied Interests: In any group, you'll find a spectrum of interests and passions. Some may be eager to explore bustling nightlife in Havana , while others might prefer a quieter evening in, savoring Cuban wine from the comfort of their bed. Allowing for the occasional split in the group enables each traveler to indulge in activities that resonate with them personally.

6. Communicate

Travelers getting ready to sand sled in Morocco.

Listen to the needs of others and also don't be afraid to voice the things that you're interested in doing. When you communicate clearly and honestly, it makes it easier for decisions to be made and for things to keep moving along smoothly.

Embracing Differences: Group travel often brings together people from various backgrounds, cultures, and age groups. Embrace these differences as opportunities for learning and enrichment. Engage in conversations with fellow travelers to discover their unique stories, interests, and travel goals. You'll likely find common ground and shared passions that can deepen your connections.

7. Go with the flow

Travelers in a mud bath in Colombia.

One thing any experienced traveler will tell you is that things don't always go as planned. So, here's a good group travel trip, oftentimes, it's for the best, or it's an opportunity to laugh things off and exercise your spontaneity. So when things aren't going quite as you had imagined, practice some flexibility and humor (if appropriate), and remember there are still a lot of good memories waiting to be made.

Spontaneity as a Superpower: Flexibility and spontaneity can be your greatest assets when things don't go as planned. They allow you to pivot gracefully in response to changes, seize new opportunities, and navigate challenges with a positive attitude. Think of them as your superpower for turning the unexpected into a memorable adventure.

8. Respect budgets

Travelers have drinks on the coast of Greece.

Discussing budgets at the beginning at the trip is helpful so that you're all on the same page about what types of activities or experiences you'll be enjoying together throughout your trip. However, if there are moments in which you want to splurge and others cannot, see if maybe it's an activity you can try by yourself or maybe choose to forego the activity all together. On the other hand, if others want to splurge and it's not in your budget, then don't be afraid to communicate that you hadn't planned to budget that into your trip, and propose splitting up for the activity or finding an alternative that you can all enjoy together.

Avoid Guilt Trips: In the course of your journey, there may be moments when some group members wish to spend on activities or experiences that others may not have budgeted for. It's essential to avoid guilting or pressuring fellow travelers into exceeding their budgetary limits. Guilt can sour the travel experience for everyone involved.

9. Schedule in some 'me' time

A woman jumps in the water in Sardinia.

When you're traveling with a group of people, it's actually very important to schedule in some 'me' time. That's not group travel advice, you say! Well, you might not expect it, but chances are you will benefit from having some time to just soak up the environment on your own, take a nap, or simply sit with your own thoughts for a minute. This also gives everyone a chance to replenish their energy and come back together in a few hours with more good vibes to give and memories to create.

Space for Personal Exploration: Travel is not just about experiencing a destination but also about self-discovery. By splitting up for a while, you grant yourself and your fellow travelers the freedom to explore independently. This solo time can be a valuable opportunity for introspection, self-reflection, and the chance to meet locals or fellow travelers on your terms.

10. Remember you're all here for a great time

A small group trip having fun in Vietnam.

At the end of the day, everyone is investing some time, money and energy to make this trip happen, and everyone is putting themselves "out there" for the goal of having a good time and building some great memories. So relax, enjoy each other's company, and you're bound to have an awesome experience that you can talk about for years to come.

Embrace the Moment: With the hustle and bustle of daily life, it's easy to forget to savor the present moment. Group travel offers a unique opportunity to escape the routine and fully immerse yourself in the experience. Relax, appreciate the company of your fellow travelers, and be present in the sights, sounds, and sensations of your chosen destination.

Looking for new opportunities to travel and make new friends? Check out FTLO's upcoming group trips to different regions of the world and join us for an awesome adventure!

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The Definitive “How To” Guide to Selling Group Travel

  • October 7, 2021

Selling group travel is one of the best ways to scale your travel business with minimal effort.  Adding just a few travel groups to your normal travel business forecast each year can really accelerate your profits. I know some travel advisors who only book groups because they are so lucrative. 

The first step is to find your group. Check out,  5 Insider Ways to Find Affinity Travel Groups to get started. 

As with anything, it can be daunting when you begin. You’ve heard the expression…

“It’s like herding cats!”

It can seem like that if you don’t have systems in place. This “How-To” guide will walk you through some of the top things to keep in mind as you launch your group travel fiefdom . 

Choose group itineraries within your niche

Choosing to stay within your niche as you start selling groups is sound advice. There are so many moving parts to booking group travel that I would keep to a destination that you know well. You can always expand later.

Find reputable suppliers

If I was just getting my feet wet with booking group travel, I would stick with a supplier in North America that specialized in group bookings. All cruise lines have affinity group departments. However, if you are looking to build an itinerary for a speciality group, look for a company that has a groups-only division. 

You’ll want to look for a company that has been around for a while. One where you can build a relationship with their group representative and one that has a 24/7 support system. 

I recommend sending out an RFP for your group to at least three separate companies and then interviewing each to find the best fit. The booking process for groups is a long one, so you’ll want to find someone with whom you gel and who has a calm demeanour.


While price is an important factor, in my experience, when it comes to group travel, you get what you pay for. A good group representative that you trust and you know will go to bat for you if necessary is equal to the value of finding a great hairstylist. You know what I’m talkin’ about.

Once you have a few groups under your belt, I’d suggest sourcing your own contacts. A good starting point would be to attend one of the big travel shows such as World Travel Market , ITB or similar. Alternatively, attend one of the smaller shows where top tour operators within your niche congregate.

The apple vs. the orange

Once you receive your group quotes from suppliers, you’ll notice they will all look quite  different. Be sure that you are fairly comparing the quotes from each company. Here’s a list of some of the things you’ll want to take into account:

  • How long can you hold space with or without deposit
  • What is the deposit and is it refundable. At what point is it non-refundable? 
  • What are the payment terms
  • What is the per person cost
  • # of FOCs (see below) per group members
  • Do they have round-the-clock support
  • What are all the inclusions


I have yet to find a supplier that isn’t equally motivated to sell group travel. It’s a great business model, so don’t just take an opening bid as being set in stone. If it’s a question of one or two points separating competing suppliers from each other, you can always ask for more favourable terms – and you’ll most likely get what you want.

The devil is in the details

A successful group travel advisor has to be organized and luckily, there are a ton of tools to keep you on track. If you belong to a host agency, they may have their own tech tools you can use. I have always used Google docs. You can send out forms via Google docs to collect client information.

You’ll want to keep information such as dietary requirements, medical notes, passport names and numbers, birthdays, – (in case any should fall within the dates of travel) all in one place.


Set expectations with the group leader early

Save yourself bottles of Tylenol by clearly laying down your expectations of the group leader.

Typically, but not always, the group leader is expected to market the group to their following. In return for doing so, their travel costs are covered FOC. 


There is no hard and fast rule on what role a group leader should take. In many cases, the group leader will handle the marketing and the coordination of the group. Depending on the calibre of the leader you have, they may not want that responsibility but someone has to do it and I highly recommend that person isn’t you. 

Get this wrong, and you won’t need a fancy hairstylist because you won’t have any hair left. If it makes sense financially, you can always add in a cost for a group coordinator to help you. However as you are starting out, I would suggest the group leader takes on these responsibilities. As you get more comfortable selling groups, you can always hire a VA (virtual assistant) to help out.

At the very least, be sure to map out your expectations with the group leader verbally and then follow up with what was agreed on in writing. You’re welcome.

Book well in advance

It’s going to take a few weeks of communication with a supplier before you settle on the best itinerary for your group. It just does. Once the planning phase is complete, you’ll want enough time to market the group.

Especially if this is a first-time group that doesn’t already travel together regularly. The idea will need time to germinate. 18 months of planning is a good rule of thumb.

It’s time to market

Often, the group leader will do much of the work in coordinating and finding group members to travel but that doesn’t mean that you should completely move to the backseat. If you are working with a Facebook group, you’ll want to go live to answer any questions.

And even if you didn’t find your group through Facebook, I would still highly recommend that you create a Facebook group specifically for this travel group. 

You may also want to offer a number of webinars via Zoom to walk the group through the details of the tour. Some suppliers will offer this service but if you are booking travel inside of your niche, then I really do think you need to take the stage on these presentations and showcase yourself as the expert. You can use Canva.com to create jaw-dropping presentations to wow the audience.

Start small, go slow and then grow

As mentioned earlier, booking group travel can seem complicated when you are getting started. That’s why I  recommend that you start small and grow this side of your business as you get more comfortable.

Once you do the initial work in setting up your systems, you can replicate the model over and over. Why not? Selling a yoga meditation group to Bali through one wellness influencer could easily be copied and promoted to another wellness influencer. Rinse and repeat…as they say.

Become a crock-pot

The best group advisors treat their groups like a delicious, simmering harvest stew, adding spices along the way to bring out the best flavour. That’s another reason why starting small is a good idea. A perfect group requires consistent attention to keep the interest piqued. 

Once a member signs on, I’d tag them inside your email service provider and then build out an email sequence that drips out teasers and content weekly or bi-weekly until the date of departure. Remember, once you build out the sequence, you can put it on auto-pilot. 

You could do a countdown to departure. You could recommend books to read on the destination, offer packing tips or travel trivia.

Consider additional revenue streams by becoming an affiliate seller for synergistic travel products that would accentuate the experience for your group members. I go much deeper into the world of affiliate marketing in my upcoming course . For now, if you are interested to learn more, you can book an appointment with me below.  I’ll walk you through the process.

Offer a full-service group experience

When it comes to selling group travel, I say, “in for a penny, in for a pound.” The more seamless you make the booking experience for your group members, the more you’ll be remembered. For example, booking group air can be challenging. Sometimes rules for group air don’t even make sense and you might be tempted to let members book their air travel independently. Don’t. 

There are benefits to booking group air with the groups department of an airline but they aren’t financial. Group air is often priced higher than individual airline tickets but you’ll get the advantage of your group travelling together. In addition, there is more flexibility in payment terms when it comes to securing group air seats

Keep in mind you can book up to 9 people on a PNR. It might make sense to divide your group into smaller sub-groups to take advantage of lower seat costs. But more than two sub-groups and most airlines will raise a flag and automatically cancel your group – resulting in you going the group air route whether you want to or not.


And be sure to take advantage of offering group insurance as well. All of these extras not only make the booking experience easier for your client but you’ll end up with multiple streams of revenue.

Take advantage of the travel high – strike when the iron is hot

Selling group travel has many benefits. Not only can you take all your planning and preparation and repackage it to a new group, but you can also take your existing group and offer up the next adventure before they unpack. You don’t have to have all the details mapped out but if you at least have an outline of the next trip ready to go. 

 You’d be surprised by how many will sign up immediately to secure their space. They are still riding the travel high. It’s the perfect time to get them to commit to the next destination.

Exceed expectations and deliver a WOW factor


Finding groups is often the most challenging part. It takes a while to gain the know/like and trust factor with your group leader. But once you have it….ah….you can ride the momentum wave. And you’ll do this by exceeding expectations. 

The most successful group advisors are masters at this. You’ll want to build a few surprises into the tour that will leave the members amazed. It could be a special dinner, an activity, a souvenir or all of the above. The key is that you exceed the travellers’ expectations.  

It’s amazing how even the smallest gestures leave an indelible positive impression. The more thoughtful the surprise, the deeper the connection you’ll build with the group members.

Having a welcome home gift for the group leader is a nice touch too. The cost to retain a client is always far less than the cost of obtaining a new client.

Marketing travel groups help grow your email list

Finally, a spill-off advantage to marketing groups is that it’s a great way to grow your email list. If your group leader has a large following, with the correct offer, you can entice them to join your email list. Even if they don’t all end up booking with you. 

Not to mention those that do travel may come back to you for their non-group travel requests.

The best bit about selling group travel is that once you’ve mastered the finer details, you’ve laid the groundwork and set up systems to run on auto-pilot, you can scale and catapult your business easily into the 6-figure stratosphere.

And we like that!

Again, if you missed my earlier article, you can find it here:  5 Insider Ways to Find Affinity Travel Groups .

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Setting travel goals is a powerful way to transform your wanderlust into tangible experiences. By creating a list of desired destinations and activities, you can turn your travel dreams into reality . In this blog post, we will delve into the benefits of setting such goals and how they can help shape unforgettable journeys.

We will provide inspiration for crafting your own unique travel goals list , featuring must-see destinations and off-the-beaten-path adventures. Additionally, we'll share valuable tips on how to set achievable targets.

Finally, discover how Worldpackers can serve as an essential resource in achieving your long-term objectives by connecting you with incredible opportunities across the globe with free accommodation.  Whether it's scuba diving in exotic locations or experiencing once-in-a-lifetime cultural celebrations, this platform makes travel easier than ever before.

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The power of setting travel goals

Traveling is amazing, but setting specific goals can make your trips even more meaningful. Envisioning your ideal getaways and activities can lead you on a voyage of self-exploration, growth, and remarkable experiences.

Setting travel goals not only adds purpose to your adventures but also gives you direction in planning your trips. It's easy to get overwhelmed by all the amazing places out there waiting to be explored.  Having clear objectives helps narrow down the options while keeping you motivated throughout the entire process.

Create your travel bucket list

To get started on setting your travel goals, begin by creating a bucket list filled with experiences that excite and inspire you . This could include anything from visiting all seven continents to attending the world's most renowned festivals.

Remember that there's no one definitive answer; this is about building up a journey that truly reflects your identity. Your bucket list should be connected to your personal interests and passions.

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Inspiring travel goals to pursue

For unforgettable experiences, choose travel goals that resonate with your passions and aspirations. Here are some inspiring travel goals to consider:

  • Learn another language: Immerse yourself in a foreign culture by learning its language - it's one of the best ways to truly connect with locals and gain deeper insights into their way of life.
  • Go on an epic road trip: Hit the open road and discover hidden gems along scenic routes like these iconic drives around the world.

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  • Travel in a motorhome or campervan: Explore remote destinations at your own pace with flexibility and freedom.
  • Volunteer abroad: Make a positive impact by volunteering in your own country or overseas through organizations like Worldpackers , a platform connecting travelers with unique work exchange opportunities.
  • Learn to surf : Catch some waves and learn a new skill in destinations like Australia, Hawaii, or Costa Rica.
  • Walk the Camino de Santiago: Experience a unique blend of history, culture, and spirituality on the ancient pilgrimage route across Spain and some neighboring countries.

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  • See Antarctica: Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure on an Antarctic expedition cruise to witness breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife.
  • Visit all the UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Travel to iconic landmarks such as Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat, or Petra.
  • Experience an epic train journey: Embark on unforgettable rail adventures like the Trans-Siberian Railway.
  • See wildlife in their natural habitat: Experience awe-inspiring encounters with animals such as gorillas in Uganda or whales off Iceland's coast - witnessing these majestic creatures up close will leave lasting impressions.

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  • Learn to cook other country's cuisine: Expand your culinary skills and taste authentic local dishes by taking cooking classes while traveling.
  • Eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant: Savor world-class dining experiences at renowned establishments around the globe. 
  • Climb a famous mountain: Tackle challenging peaks like Kilimanjaro or trek to Everest Base Camp for unparalleled views and personal achievement.

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  • Learn to scuba dive: Exploring the breathtaking underwater world, scuba diving offers a thrilling adventure filled with vibrant marine life and stunning coral reefs.
  • See the World Cup: Immerse yourself in the electrifying atmosphere of the world's most celebrated sporting event.
  • See the Northern Lights: Embark on a mesmerizing journey to witness nature's most awe-inspiring light show.
  • Backpacking around Latin America, Asia, Europe, Oceania or Africa: embarking on a backpacking journey through these diverse continents offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in a tapestry of cultures, languages, and landscapes.

Tips for achieving your travel goals

Setting travel goals is essential to make your dreams a reality. However, achieving them requires dedication, planning, and perseverance . Here are some tips to help you accomplish your travel aspirations:

Research and plan

The first step in achieving any goal is thorough research and planning. Gather information about the destinations you want to visit , understand local customs and culture, identify must-see attractions or experiences, and figure out logistics like transportation options and visa requirements.

The internet offers a wealth of resources for travelers. Blogs from fellow travelers can provide valuable insights. You can also browse the articles published on the Worldpackers blog, written by many of our members from around the world.

Budget accordingly

Achieving your travel goals often comes with financial considerations. Start by creating a realistic budget that includes all expected expenses such as accommodation costs, food expenditures and transportation fees.

Additionally, consider ways to save money while traveling - this could involve staying at hostels instead of hotels or using public transport rather than taxis when possible.

If you want to save a lot of money and live transformative experiences, consider doing a work exchange with  Worldpackers , a platform connecting travelers with unique volunteer opportunities in exchange for free accommodation around the world.

Moreover, look for opportunities to earn extra income  before embarking on your trip; freelancing gigs or part-time jobs can help supplement savings dedicated specifically for travels.

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Ignore nay-sayers

In pursuit of our dreams, we often encounter people who doubt our abilities or question the feasibility of our goals. It's essential to stay focused on your objectives and not let negative opinions deter you from pursuing your passions.

Surround yourself with supportive individuals, join online travel communities, or connect with like-minded travelers on social media for encouragement and inspiration.

Stay flexible and open-minded

Achieving travel goals requires adaptability and an open mind. Be prepared for unexpected changes in plans , whether it's a sudden change in weather conditions or a last-minute opportunity to explore a new destination. Embrace these experiences as part of the adventure; they can lead to some of the most memorable moments during your travels.

Maintaining flexibility also means being willing to adjust your itinerary based on local recommendations - locals are often more knowledgeable about hidden gems than any guidebook could ever be.

Keep an open mind when trying new foods, participating in cultural activities, or engaging with people from different backgrounds; this will enrich your overall experience while traveling.

Track your progress

To keep yourself motivated towards achieving your travel goals, it's good to track progress along the way. Documenting milestones through journal entries , photographs, dedicated apps or social media updates can help remind you how far you've come since setting out on this journey.

In addition, celebrating small victories like mastering basic phrases in another language or successfully navigating public transportation systems abroad helps build confidence and momentum towards accomplishing bigger objectives down the line.

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Achieving travel goals with Worldpackers

Ready to embark on an adventure of global exploration, gain new experiences, and make a meaningful contribution to the world? Volunteering with  Worldpackers can both be a travel goal on itself and help you reach your other objectives while saving a lot of money. Take a look at some of its benefits:

  • Free accommodation all around the world

Accommodation costs can be a hurdle for many travelers. Worldpackers offers an affordable solution by connecting you with hosts who provide free accommodation in exchange for your skills and time.

  • Diverse range of experiences available

Worldpackers has something for everyone. From volunteering at wildlife sanctuaries and teaching English abroad to participating in permaculture projects and immersing yourself in local cultures through homestays - browse thousands of work exchange experiences available across more than 170 countries worldwide.

For example, you can  help on a vineyard in Wildwood (USA), do some painting and decorating in sunny Puerto Vallarta (Mexico), learn about Swiss lifestyle near a beautiful lake , learn all about agroecology in Bahia (Brazil) ,  cook traditional Moroccan food and experience the Sahara desert , teach English in Vietnam and much more.

  • Connection with local communities

Traveling is all about making links with individuals from diverse societies and customs. Worldpackers facilitates these connections by providing a platform for travelers to engage directly with local communities through work exchange experiences. Live and work alongside your hosts to gain valuable insights into their daily lives while helping them out.

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Tips for making the most out of your Worldpackers experience

  • Create a compelling profile: Showcase your skills, interests, and previous travel and professional experiences on your profile.
  • Research opportunities thoroughly: Read the description for each volunteer position and the reviews from other travelers who have participated in that same work exchange to understand if that opportunity matches your travel goals.
  • Maintain open communication: Communicate openly with your host regarding any questions or concerns during the application process or throughout your stay.

Worldpackers offers an alternative approach to travel - one focused on personal growth, cultural exchange, and making lasting memories while giving back along the way.

FAQs in relation to travel goals

What are some examples of travel goals.

Travel goals can include visiting a set number of countries, immersing oneself in diverse cultures, learning new languages, volunteering abroad, or seeing wild animals in their natural habitats. Goals can also involve exploring natural wonders like mountains and beaches or attending popular festivals and events.

What are the benefits of traveling?

Traveling provides opportunities for personal growth, cultural immersion, adventure-seeking, relaxation, and escaping daily routines. It allows individuals to learn about different lifestyles and traditions, create unforgettable memories, and foster global connections.

How can you write effective travel goals?

Be specific about desired experiences, make them measurable by setting timeframes or milestones, ensure they're achievable within budget and schedule constraints, prioritize relevance to interests, and time-bound them with deadlines for completion.

What are some examples of SMART travel goals?

A SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant & Time-bound) goal example could be: "Visit five European countries within three months while staying on a $50 per day budget."

This goal is clear in its purpose (visiting Europe), quantifiable (five countries), realistic (budget constraint), relevant to one's interest in Europe exploration, and time-sensitive (three-month deadline).

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Let's go after those goals!

Wanderlust can be a powerful force that drives you to explore the world and step out of your comfort zone , so why not set some travel goals to make those dreams a reality? From backpacking through Europe to learning a new language in South America, the possibilities are endless. But don't forget: the journey towards achieving travel goals is just as important as the destination itself.

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Almost 70 percent of Americans have a bucket list, with travel goals at the top of the majority of those lists. It’s easy to make grand statements about your travel goals, but will you ever reach them?

Approximately 56 percent of American adults say that money is an obstacle to achieving their bucket list goals. But people are willing to spend up to $12,888 on their bucket list on average.

How can you create and organize your travel goals so that you can fund them and accomplish them?

Why Should You Set Travel Goals?

Traveling helps you expand your worldview. Even if you’re content sitting on your couch, taking in the sights on Netflix, you can gain a lot by getting out of your comfort zone. It’s not always easy to take time away from your daily obligations. But doing so has several benefits for your physical and mental health.

Traveling Improves Your Interpersonal Skills

When you travel, especially to a country where they don’t speak your native language, you need to use more than speaking skills. You must communicate using facial expressions and body language. You learn to “listen” using all of your senses instead of just your ears.

You have to keep an open mind when you travel. The fact that you are exposed to cultural norms that may be different than your own can alter your perspective.

Traveling enhances your social skills . If you travel alone, you’ll have a chance to meet more people than you typically do on a day-to-day basis at home. When you’re sharing the same experience with others, you probably have similar mindsets. By engaging in conversation, you’ll learn what you have in common and what you don’t.

Even if you don’t usually spark up conversations with people, you’ll get some practice while you’re traveling. You may not have to be the initiator. People will often initiate conversations with you.

Traveling Builds Character

Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

Traveling gives you the chance to try something new. Even if you stay within your comfort zone at home, you’re likely to embrace novel experiences while traveling.

For example, you might try a type of food although you order the same thing off of the menu at your favorite restaurant. You may attempt an adventure sport even though going to a Zumba class is the most adventurous that you are at home. You’re likely to expand your horizons while traveling because you know that the opportunity might not present itself again.

Traveling Builds Trust

Studies show that people who travel increase their level of trust in others. The key is having varied experience. Most researchers have found that more time spent in different countries doesn’t necessarily help you build trust. However, the breadth of travel, or the number of countries visited, correlates with increased generalized trust.

Traveling Enhances Your Creativity

Traveling may help you think outside the box. Travel experiences may not always go according to plan. Planes get delayed, people get lost and challenges come up. Sometimes, you have to think creatively to manage stressful situations.

Research shows that people who have worked abroad are more imaginative than those who have always worked close to home. Immersing yourself in a new culture allows you to integrate new beliefs, values and customs into your own identity. As you do that, you become more well-rounded.

You have to think in different ways. You have to decide how you feel about different philosophies and ideas. As you become a more flexible thinker, you also become more creative.

Traveling Helps You Solve Problems

The same study that looked at creativity revealed that students who lived in different countries were 20 percent more apt to decipher a computer task than those who remained near their hometowns. When you think creatively, you come up with new ways to perform the same old task.

When you’re exposed to different cultures, you learn that there is more than one way of doing things. You become more likely to integrate ideas in new ways.

Traveling Improves Your Focus and Productivity

Even though your boss might not want to let you take time off for that much-needed vacation, getting away can boost your productivity when you return. That’s especially true if you get some outdoor time while you’re there.

Just looking at nature improves your attention. Moreover, exposing yourself to new experiences keeps your mind sharp.

Even if you don’t go somewhere green, just taking all of your vacation days can make you more refreshed when you return to work. If you can’t detach from your job , you’ll likely experience burnout, which gets in the way of your productivity.

Make some travel goals so that you don’t neglect your vacation time this year.

Traveling Makes You Happy

In 2012, Expedia reported that 89 percent of people who took vacations experienced significant stress relief within two days of departing. Even just planning a trip can make you happier.

The anticipation of your vacation can reduce stress up to eight weeks before you leave. Plus, waiting for an experience, like a trip, makes you happier than anticipating making a material purchase.

These Are the Most Popular Travel Goals

Of the top bucket list goals , 12 out of 20 have to do with travel. The most popular lifetime travel goals include:

  • See the Northern Lights
  • Go on an African Safari
  • Walk the Great Wall of China
  • Swim at the Great Barrier Reef
  • See Egypt’s pyramids
  • Ride on a Gondola in Venice
  • Go on a cross-country road trip
  • Climb the Eiffel Tower
  • Walk the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Take a cruise in Alaska
  • Visit Stonehenge
  • Climb a major mountain

You may have similar goals. However, your travel dreams don’t have to be this grand. When you’re setting travel goals, start small. Think about all of the nearby places that you want to visit. It helps if you can drive to them within three hours.

Then, you can schedule them on the weekends and begin to cross them off your list. As you accomplish your smaller travel goals, you’ll gain confidence and become a more flexible traveler.

You’ll likely want to take your newfound skills to more exotic destinations once you’re an avid trip-taker. If making a list of travel goals seems daunting, think of it as a wish list. You can refresh it at any time, and it’s not a binding plan for your future.

Other Examples of Travel Goals

Here are some other popular destination goals.

  • Explore Thailand
  • Trek to Machu Picchu
  • Visit the Cave of Swallows in Mexico
  • Stay at an eco-resort in Costa Rica
  • Go to the tallest building in the world
  • Visit China
  • Visit Japan
  • Go to the top tourist destinations in London
  • Dine at local pubs in Ireland
  • Go to Disney World
  • Hike in Patagonia

You don’t have to base your travel goals on a specific destination. You can set goals that encourage you to go exploring without a particular location in mind. Some examples of these include:

  • Visit one new location every month
  • Jump on a great flight or hotel deal once a year
  • Go to one tourist attraction in your town every month
  • Drive somewhere within a two-hour radius by yourself
  • Volunteer in another country within the next five years
  • Make a pilgrimage within the next ten years
  • Take a road trip with the family this year
  • Go snorkeling next year
  • Take a foodie tour of your town this weekend

Create Action Steps

Writing down a list of goals and transforming your excuses helps you get to where you want to go. However, that’s not always enough to give you a clear plan to reach your travel goals.

You’ll start seeing a difference once you develop action steps that move you toward your objectives. To do this, work backward from your larger aim.

For example, perhaps one of your goals is to visit the southern coast of Spain. Once you’ve written that down, you’ll need to break it down into smaller steps. These might include the following:

  • Decide which cities you want to visit.
  • When is the best/least expensive time to go?
  • Look up flights.
  • Do some research on online forums and ask other travelers about their experiences.
  • Get yourself a travel book to learn more about the region.
  • Decide what types of accommodations you want to stay in.

Establish a Timeline

Once you have clarified those steps, you can move on to the next crucial part of goal-setting—establishing a timeline. If you’re traveling to one place, find out the ideal time to visit. The answer may depend on the weather or the busy season.

You’ll have some decisions to make. For example, you’ll have to choose whether you want to go when the area is packed with other tourists or during the off-season.

Visiting when everyone else does can help you feel like part of the crowd, which may be important to you if you’re traveling solo. If you’re doing a work exchange program, however, you may prefer to immerse yourself in the local culture when everyone else isn’t gawking at the famous landmarks.

Budget for Your Trip

By this time, you’ll likely have a good idea of how much you’ll need to spend on your trip. You haven’t worked out the ins and outs of your daily life on your journey, but you should have a sense of how much the flights and accommodations will be. Allot a certain amount of spending money per day.

Many guidebooks and blogs can help you with this step. Some tell you how much the average traveler spends per day in a particular city.

Decide how you’re going to save money for your trip. You could do one or more of the following:

  • Open a travel bank account and put aside a small portion of each paycheck
  • Cut down on extra expenses and deposit the extra money into the vacation fund
  • Put extra income, such as bonuses, into the fund
  • Take on a part-time job or a side hustle to earn vacation money
  • Hold a yard sale to raise funds for your trip

Then, you’ll have to come up with a budget to stick to while you’re traveling. Estimating the costs ahead of time can help you with this. Once you’ve done that, you can calculate your total spending for the larger expenses, like flights and accommodations, and give yourself a daily budget for activities and miscellaneous expenses.

Make a Vision Board

Feeling the emotions that will come when you reach your goals is an important part of the planning process. Visualization helps you realize why you set these goals in the first place. Keeping your objectives at the forefront of your mind can help you stay motivated when money becomes tight or you become so busy that you might otherwise neglect your dreams.

Making a vision board is one way to do this. Gather photos of the destination that you’re planning to go to. Imagine how excited you’ll feel when you make your dreams come true.

Post your vision board where you’ll see it every day as a reminder that your travel goals are attainable.

Plan Your Time

You’ll likely have to shift your schedule to make room for your vacation plans. Do you need to request time off from work? Will you have to train someone to do your job in the meantime?

Write down all of the steps that you have to take before you hit the road (or the air). These may include:

  • Purchasing flights
  • Asking for time off
  • Getting someone to care for your pets or water your plants while you’re gone
  • Purchasing luggage or special equipment that you might need for your travel
  • Giving yourself time to pack

Give yourself a deadline for completing each of these steps. If you spread them out throughout the month or year, you’ll stay motivated because you’ll get a boost of enthusiasm every time you cross something off of your list.

Why Aren’t You Achieving Your Travel Goals?

If you’re not rolling in the dough at the present moment, you might avoid setting travel goals altogether. After all, it might not seem realistic to plan to visit distant cities when your car needs work and your rent payment is looming.

Money may not be the only obstacle that’s preventing you from traveling the way that you want to. We’re often ruled by limiting beliefs that we don’t even know we have.

You may think that you can’t travel because:

  • You have children
  • You don’t have enough money
  • You don’t have the time
  • You don’t have a travel partner
  • You don’t speak a foreign language
  • You’re afraid of flying
  • You can’t get time off of work

Shifting your mindset can help you set realistic travel goals. Perhaps you have a desire to take a transatlantic cruise. If you can’t take more than a week off at a time, you won’t be able to book that trip. But it doesn’t mean that you can’t take a cruise at all. Quick getaways can be just as rejuvenating and life-changing as longer journeys.

Write down all of the excuses that you give yourself for avoiding travel. If you aren’t making travel a priority, maybe it’s not that important to you. If you decide that it is, you might need to drop another activity to make room for a vacation.

Here are some suggestions for busting through your excuses so that you can achieve your travel goals.

I Can’t Travel Because I Have Children

Kids don’t automatically ruin your travel opportunities. In fact, there are many reasons why traveling with kids is good for you , including:

  • You move more slowly and notice more
  • You’re more likely to go to bed early and get enough rest
  • You’ll often wake up early and hit the sights before the crowds do
  • You might do all of those childish things that you wouldn’t do alone
  • You may get privileged access to behind-the-scenes experience or fast lanes
  • Children often travel for free

If you have children, you might need to adjust your travel goals so that you can take your kids into account. You might not be able to ride the biggest roller coaster at the theme park with a toddler, but you could get behind-the-scenes access at the zoo.

Consider these factors, and work them into your travel goals. Also, remember that your children won’t be young forever. You can make travel goals that are appropriate for them at any age. Then, you can go on solo vacations once your kids have left the nest.

I Don’t Have Enough Money to Travel

A trip around the world will cost approximately $2,000 a month . However, a backpacker can make it around the world for a total of $6,000.

There are so many variables that affect the cost of travel. If you telecommute, you may even be able to work during your trip, making enough money to fund the journey because being abroad can be cheaper than being at home as long as you don’t have to pay the mortgage while you’re gone.

In some cases, longer trips can be cheaper, relatively, than short trips because you give yourself more downtime. You don’t try to stuff so many activities into a brief timeframe.

But even if you don’t have the money for a round-the-world trip, you can make the most out of whatever situation you’re in.

Some suggestions for affording at least one trip a year even if your budget is tight include:

  • Taking weekend trips by car
  • Saving and investing your spare change
  • Tighten up your spending
  • Make money on the side
  • Be flexible with your travel dates
  • Use a credit card that earns travel points

You can also avoid paying for accommodations by taking part in a work exchange program . These offer so many opportunities for you to use your skills. Hostels, farms, restaurants and small villages may host you in exchange for a few hours of help each day.

If you’re setting travel goals, consider creating financial goals to go along with them. As your bank account grows, you can adapt your travel goals accordingly.

I Don’t Have the Time to Travel

If you’re not working 24/7, you have time to travel. However, your travel lifestyle has to suit your daily lifestyle. If you practice setting goals consistently, you can make sure that your travel objectives align with your work goals.

People who want to travel extensively can set career goals that allow them this kind of freedom. On the other hand, if you prefer to stick with the 9-to-5, adjust your travel goals so that they fit your schedule.

Let’s say that you get two weeks of paid time off per year. Add that to all of your weekends, and you have more than 100 travel days. That’s almost four months. You won’t be able to take those days consecutively, but you can do a lot with all of that freedom.

Nomadic Matt says that most people think that they don’t have the time to travel because they associate vacations with expensive, complicated trips. The travel industry has contributed to this way of thinking. Their marketing makes us think that we have to spend a lot of money and time on our vacations.

But there are so many resources to learn more about traveling on a time and financial budget. Setting goals can help you maximize your time so that you don’t have to make this excuse anymore.

I Don’t Have a Travel Partner

It’s completely understandable if you are afraid to travel alone. If your friends don’t have the same level of passionate about your vacation plans, you might want to find a travel buddy.

Your friends may not have the same dreams and goals as you do, and that’s ok.

But if you want to grow, you might want to consider traveling solo. MeanderWithMeg explains that she chooses to travel by herself because it’s in line with her goals. She finds travel buddies along the way instead of prepping for her trips with friends.

That way, she doesn’t have to wait for anyone else to come up with the funds or agree on an itinerary. She gains confidence from traveling solo.

If you set travel goals that align with your values, you’ll probably find the motivation to get away even if no one can go with you.

Some ways to travel alone and meet people along the way include:

  • Start with a solid plan
  • Tell others about your itinerary (with no expectations)
  • Join a local day tour on your trip
  • Travel to backpacker-friendly places
  • Stay in hostels
  • Travel with a small group
  • Go on a themed retreat
  • Network using social media
  • Use Airbnb and choose a shared rental

I Don’t Speak the Language

Most people aren’t equipped to learn the language of every country to which they wish to travel. The thought that you might not be able to communicate with people easily brings up a lot of fear and discomfort.

But many tourist locations are used to dealing with foreign travelers. English is the universal travel language, and you’ll often find people who understand you if you speak simply and clearly.

If you’re journeying off the beaten path, finding someone who speaks your language can be more difficult. But it’s not impossible to communicate in a foreign country.

You can learn a few key words in a different language when you’re traveling. Write them down if you think that you won’t be able to remember them. Some of the most important words that will help you get what you need on your next vacation include:

You might also want to write down the names of cities that you will be traveling to. Put the name of your accommodations in writing so that you can ask for directions easily. Carry a translator or travel phrase book with you, and pack a pad of paper and pen in your bag just in case you need to communicate using the rules of Pictionary.

I’m Afraid of Flying

According to statistics, you’re more likely to be in a fatal car accident than an airplane crash. Still, those numbers don’t always quell your sense of dread when you step on an airplane.

Facts don’t make a difference if you have a flying phobia. Some tips that could help you combat your fear of flying are:

  • Get to the airport with plenty of time – If you move slowly as you pack, arrive at the airport and board the plane, you’ll help avoid triggering your body’s alarm response.
  • Remember the endpoint – Remind yourself of the purpose of your trip so that you can rely on excitement, which is extremely similar to fear.
  • Distract yourself – Keep yourself occupied during the flight so that you don’t have mental space to worry. Chatting with a seatmate can distract you from invasive thoughts.

You can achieve your travel goals even if they seem overwhelming. If you put your mind to it and create a strategy, you’ll be able to go wherever you want with a little dedication and discipline.

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Ten Stepping Stones to Setting and Achieving Your Goals

Ten Stepping Stones to Setting and Achieving Your Goals

Do you remember how, as a child, you would dreamily spend hours gazing at all the wonders found in the holiday catalogs, wishing, hoping and dreaming for those special delights? For most of us, those delights remained largely within the catalog covers, but a couple of important lessons were learned. One, dreaming, hoping and wishing are not particularly effective means of getting what we want, and two, it sure was fun to dream! And even as adults, it is great fun to dream of castles in the air, and much more so when you begin to build foundations under them, and that’s what goal setting is all about.

And how often did the youthful you wonder what you were going to do when you grew up? For many, that dream has changed a number of times, subject to revision with each new interest we encountered. Still others made youthful decisions to follow a certain career path and remain committed to that decision. Others are evaluating options and making career decisions well into maturity and adulthood. And many never really discover the answer to that magical question, What do you want to be when you grow up? No matter where you are in your professional life, goal setting can help.

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If You Can Conceive It, and If You Believe It, You Can Achieve It!

A number of years ago, the renowned contemporary philosopher Earl Nightingale offered a classic definition of success The progressive realization of worthy goals.

Whether the decisions facing you are major like making a career change or relatively minor, like planning a vacation, goals will help you achieve the success you seek. Since success is a journey, and not a destination at which you arrive, goals become the pathway to achieving whatever you want to be, have, or do. That is the good news.

Even better news is that the pathway is built of ten clearly defined and recognizable stepping-stones. As you are about to take the first step, remember that goal setting is fun, and goal achieving is even more fun!

Before stepping out onto the ten steppingstones, here are a couple suggestions to help assure a productive journey. Your goals must be just that your goals. They should be written commitments to what you intend to be, have, or do, and they need to be specific I would like to lose some weight does not work. I weigh pounds by September 1st does, because it conforms to the definition of what we call QUALITY goals. A QUALITY goal is: Q? quantifiable (measurable), Unconditional (not subject to reservations), Achievable, Literal (specific), Inspiring, Time Dated and Yours (Your goal for yourself). Some goals quitting smoking, losing weight, running a 10K become more doable when interim goals are established. Writing goals as outcomes, rather than processes, can be effective. For example, Learn to speak Spanish is not as effective as I converse easily in Spanish. And remember to make them positive ? I am a non smoker is more powerful than, I do not smoke anymore.

Some goals will require a detailed plan to make them happen and some will not. If a clean basement is a goal, it may not be necessary to analyze all the available options to accomplish that goal (of course, that depends on the condition of your basement!). However, if your goal is an income goal, then in all probability a careful analysis is in order.

It was mentioned earlier that it is important to put your goal in writing. This lends clarity and focus to its attainment. If you are like so many others, you may not even be sure what your goals are, or should be, and that’s perfectly fine at this stage of your journey. Remember the holiday Wishbook that was alluded to earlier? Goal setting requires a wishbook, too. This is where your journey will start write down anything and everything you even think you might like to be, have, or do. At this point, do not complicate things by recording only what makes sense. Forget QUALITY goals here First we get it down, then we get it good! You have dreamed of climbing Mt. Everest? GO FOR IT!! in the Wishbook, anyway!

In all probability, you have spent more time in the past planning a weekend trip than you have spent planning your life. Remember how planning that trip led to positive expectations and anticipation of good things? Magnify those feelings a thousand fold and you’ll have an idea of the positive expectancy, energy and anticipation you will experience as you step out onto the ten steppingstones of goal achievement….begins with the first step, and so does the journey on the ten steppingstones of the pathway to achieving your goals. You may set any number of goals in each of the ten areas, though it is suggested that no more than four or five in each area is a manageable number.

Here are the ten stepping stones and a couple of example activities in each area:

  • PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. Read a book a month; attend seminars and webinars
  • OWNERSHIP. New toy trains; that Mont Blanc pen you have always wanted
  • PROJECTS. Build a ship model; clean rain gutters
  • SPIRITUAL. daily prayer; tithing
  • FINANCIAL. investments; savings
  • BUSINESS AND CAREER. promotion; increased business
  • RECREATION. Attend a reunion; start a new hobby.
  • FAMILY. more family activities; be a better role model.
  • COMMUNITY. Be a regular blood donor; volunteer
  • PHYSICAL. exercise program; medical check up

Goals should be written on paper, but never chiseled in stone. Setting and achieving goals is a lifelong commitment to growth. It is not uncommon for goals to change, to evolve, to mature. Remember, too, that if a goal hasn’t been accomplished in the desired timeframe, perhaps the timeframe, not the goal, requires tweaking.

Welcome to the wonderful world of goal setting. It has been said that only about three to five percent of adult Americans have written goals for their lives. You are about to walk with that elite group on the ten steppingstones to achievement. Congratulations!

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Roy Lantz is a speaker, seminar leader and author on personal development and customer service. His latest book, Never Beat the Boss at Horseshoes… was recently published.


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6 Apps That Make Planning Group Travel Easier

Planning a trip among friends or family can be tricky. Help keep everyone on the same page with these group travel planning apps that organize itineraries, expenses and photos.

Available on iOS and Android Prava is an itinerary manager that offers in-app messaging, a to do list and notepad, perfect for planning group trips. Additional features make this app a great travel companion as well. From the app, you can share your location with other group members, perfect if you’re arriving in a destination from many different locations. You can also share trip photos and calculate expenses through the app.

At the conclusion of your vacation, your group can choose to share part or all of your itinerary with other Prava users, inspiring other groups to follow in your footsteps.

Available on iOS only; Android coming soon No matter where you are, what currency you paid in or who paid, figure out who owes what with group travel app Splittr. Divide hotel, grocery, attraction and transportation costs between friends or family. The app converts any expense to your preferred currency and allows you to split bills unevenly between group members. After your vacation, export PDF or CSV reports to let everyone know how much they owe other travelers. You unfortunately aren’t able to pay your balance using the app.

For an app that includes all the same functions and works on both iOS and Android, choose Splid.

Available on iOS and Android This is another app the manages expenses within a group. It shares many of the same features as Splittr and Splid, with two exceptions.

  • Splitwise integrates with Venmo, making it ideal for groups who already share money via the app.
  • There is no option to change currencies in the app, so it’s more appropriate for groups traveling domestically.

Available on iOS and Android Whether you’re planning a spring break trip, bachelorette party or family reunion, keep all the details in a single place with Travefy. Use the chat and polling function to discuss details, collect money (there is a fee to use a credit card) and start building your sharable itinerary. Forward confirmation emails to the app and your flight, rental car, accommodation, activities and restaurant reservations will appear in one place.

You can view your itinerary on a map and search nearby for other attractions, sorted by hotels, activities and food. Whether you imported an activity or Travefy suggested it, your group will be able to see Trip Advisor reviews for the attraction. During the trip, track your expenses (multiple popular currencies are available) in the app so your group can see who owes who what and pay via credit card or PayPal after heading home.

Available on iOS and Android This app is a less robust group vacation planning tool, but if you’re looking for something simple, Tripline may be for you. Multiple group members can map out your accommodations and the attractions you’re planning to explore, then share the map with other people who may be interested in following your trip.

Your group members can upload photos and add text for any location on your Tripline map. The app takes these photos and creates a simple animation outlining your trip, which is available for other Tripline users and can be shared on social media.

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100+ SMART Travel Goals

This page features a curated list of travel goals. I created it as a source of inspiration for my 100 life goals project and wanted to share it with others in hopes of inspiring them to create their own goal list.

There is an overabundance of bucket list ideas circulating online that lack the necessary specificity, measurability, and time-bound nature to make them actionable goals. Therefore, I curated a list of SMART goals that are more specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.

Whether you're young or old, there's something on this list for everyone. So, read on to discover some of the best travel goals that can help you transform your life and achieve your travel dreams.

An important note before scrolling down:

The list below includes 100+ travel goal ideas, but if you're looking for a bigger list then download my book, The SMART Bucket List .

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It includes a list of 1000+ SMART goal ideas from various categories, such as fitness, travel, personal growth, and more. Each goal is crafted to meet the SMART criteria, making it a valuable resource for anyone looking to create a truly actionable goal list.

Click here to download it for FREE . Additionally, you’ll get my Design Your Dream Year workbook, containing a proven step-by-step action plan to check off those big goals on your list.

* One more thing, if you decide to take part in any of the goals listed below, you do so entirely at your own risk. Some of the goal ideas listed here can be risky, so seek out guidance if you decide to try them out, especially the challenging ones.

With this in mind, let's rock and roll!!

SMART Landmark Travel Goals

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Here are a few specific examples of SMART goals that you can set for this type of travel:

  • Visit Machu Picchu within the next 2 years
  • Visit the Great Wall of China within the next year
  • Visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam within the next year
  • Visit the Colosseum in Rome within the next year
  • Visit the Petra archaeological site in Jordan within the next 3 years
  • Visit the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain within the next year
  • Visit the Acropolis in Athens within the next year
  • Visit the Palace of Versailles in France within the next year
  • Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt within the next year
  • Visit the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona within the next year
  • Visit the Taj Mahal in Agra, India within the next year
  • Visit the Forbidden City in Beijing within the next year
  • Visit the Palace of Westminster in London within the next year
  • Visit the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes within the next year
  • Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris within the next year
  • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro within the next year
  • Visit the Acropolis in Athens, Greece within the next year
  • Visit the ancient city of Pompeii in Italy within the next year
  • Visit the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco within the next year
  • Visit the Tower of London within the next year
  • Visit the Vatican City in Rome within the next year
  • Visit Machu Picchu in Peru within the next year
  • Visit the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul within the next year
  • Visit the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia within the next two years
  • Travel to Australia to see the Great Barrier Reef within the next three years
  • Visit the Galapagos Islands within the next three years
  • Visit Iceland to see the Northern Lights within the next two years
  • Visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam within the next year
  • Travel to Australia to see the Great Barrier Reef within the next three years, booking the trip by the end of this year

SMART Luxury/Alternative Travel Goals

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  • Stay in a houseboat in Amsterdam within the next year
  • Stay in a yurt in Mongolia within the next 3 years
  • Stay in an igloo hotel in Lapland within the next 2 years
  • Spend a week on a houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala within the next 2 years
  • Stay in a castle hotel in Scotland within the next 2 years
  • Stay in an eco-lodge in the Amazon Rainforest within the next 3 years
  • Spend a week in a treehouse in Costa Rica within the next 3 years
  • Spend a week in a yurt in Mongolia within the next 3 years
  • Stay in a traditional ryokan in Japan within the next 3 years
  • Spend a week on a houseboat on Lake Powell within the next 3 years
  • Stay in an ice hotel in Sweden within the next 4 years
  • Stay in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora within the next 2 years
  • Spend a week in a beachfront villa in Bali within the next 2 years

SMART Epic Journeys Goals

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Here are a few examples of SMART goals in this specific area of travel:

  • Take a road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to San Diego within the next year
  • Take a road trip through the Scottish Highlands within the next 3 years
  • Go on a road trip through the Australian Outback within the next 2 years
  • Take a road trip along the California coast with the family during the kids' spring break
  • Take a roadtrip trip to explore national parks in Utah next year
  • Take a road trip to Yellowstone National Park during the summer of next year
  • Take a road trip to explore the Grand Canyon in Arizona within the next 2 years
  • Take a train journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway within the next 5 years
  • Take a cross-country rail trip across the United States within the next 2 years
  • Take a family trip to Hawaii to learn about Hawaiian culture within the next 3 years
  • Go on a backpacking trip in the Andes Mountains within the next 4 years
  • Spend a week exploring the ancient ruins of Athens within the next 2 years
  • Spend a month exploring the Galapagos Islands within the next 4 years
  • Explore the European countryside via rail, taking a scenic route from Amsterdam to Vienna and visiting at least 5 other countries along the way, within the next 3 years
  • Take a cruise to Alaska within the next three years
  • Cruise down the Nile River within the next 5 years
  • Take a river cruise down the Danube within the next 2 years
  • Spend a week on a cultural immersion program in Morocco within the next 3 years
  • Take a luxury rail journey on the Eastern and Oriental Express from Singapore to Bangkok, including a private cabin, fine dining, and sightseeing, within the next 2 years
  • Take a solo rail trip to Japan, visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, and other cities on the Shinkansen bullet train network within the next 18 months
  • Take a solo road trip to Australia, exploring the vast countryside from Perth to Sydney on the Indian Pacific, within the next 2 years
  • Take a road trip to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, joining in the festivities and experiencing the city's rich culture and history, within the next 2 years
  • Take a scenic cruise through the Norwegian fjords, stopping at picturesque towns and villages along the way, within the next 2 years
  • Complete a multi-day trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, reaching an altitude of at least 17,500 feet, within the next 3 years

SMART Travel Experiences Goals

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Here are some examples of SMART goals that you can set for this type of travel:

  • Go on a wine-tasting tour of Napa Valley within the next year
  • Go on a safari in Kenya within the next 3 years
  • Go on a whale watching tour in Alaska within the next year
  • Spend a week on a meditation retreat in Bali within the next 3 years
  • Spend a week on a yoga retreat in India within the next 3 years
  • Spend a week volunteering in a rural village in Tanzania within the next 4 years
  • Go on a Disney Land vacation with the family within the next 2 years
  • Go on a surf trip in Hawaii within the next 2 years
  • Visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland within the next year
  • Spend a week skiing in the Swiss Alps within the next 2 years
  • Take a photography tour of Iceland within the next 3 years
  • Take a language immersion course in a foreign country within the next year
  • Go on a food tour of Italy within the next 2 years
  • Go on a culinary tour of Japan within the next 2 years
  • Go on a glacier hiking tour in Iceland within the next 2 years
  • Attend a traditional tea ceremony in Japan, learning about the history and cultural significance of the practice, within the next year

SMART Festivals & Celebration Goals

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Here are a few examples of SMART goals that you can set for this type of travel:

  • Attend the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro within the next 3 years
  • Attend the Dia de los Muertos celebrations in Mexico within the next 2 years
  • Attend the Holi Festival in India within the next 2 years
  • Attend the Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans within the next year
  • Attend the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, experiencing the food, music, and beer culture of this iconic event, within the next 2 years
  • Attend the Full Moon Party in Thailand within the next 3 years
  • Attend the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona within the next 2 years
  • Attend the next Summer Olympics
  • Attend the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, USA, within the next 3 years, experiencing the art, music, and community of this unique event
  • Visit Rio de Janeiro during Carnival, watching the parade and experiencing the vibrant atmosphere, within the next 18 months
  • Explore the colorful and elaborate Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico City, visiting museums, markets, and cemeteries, within the next year
  • Attend the Coachella music festival in California, USA, watching live performances by my favorite artists and discovering new ones, within the next 12 months
  • Visit the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in China, admiring the incredible ice sculptures and enjoying winter sports, within the next 3 years
  • Take a trip to India during Diwali, experiencing the vibrant lights, music, and food of the country's biggest festival, within the next 2 years
  • Attend the La Tomatina festival in Bunol, Spain, participating in the tomato fight and experiencing the local culture, within the next 18 months
  • Take a trip to Thailand during Songkran, experiencing the traditional water festival and learning about the country's culture and history, within the next year
  • Attend the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, USA, watching independent films and meeting filmmakers and actors, within the next 12 months
  • Visit Edinburgh, Scotland, during the Fringe Festival, experiencing the world's largest arts festival and enjoying the city's history and architecture, within the next 2 years
  • Attend the Holi Festival of Colors in India, experiencing the colorful powders and music of this joyous celebration, within the next 18 months
  • Take a trip to Japan during the Cherry Blossom Festival, admiring the stunning blooms and experiencing the country's unique culture and food, within the next 3 years
  • Attend the Rioja Wine Harvest Festival in Spain, experiencing the wine-making process and enjoying the food, music, and culture of the region, within the next year
  • Attend a major international music festival, such as Coachella or Glastonbury, within the next 2 years, seeing at least 10 different artists perform live

SMART Romance Travel Goals

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  • Take a honeymoon trip to Bora Bora and stay in an overwater bungalow for at least a week within the next year
  • Renew our vows on a secluded beach in the Caribbean, with a private ceremony and a romantic dinner on the sand within the next 2 years
  • Plan a surprise weekend getaway to a cozy cabin in the woods, complete with a fireplace and hot tub, within the next 6 months
  • Book a romantic river cruise in Europe, visiting at least 4 different countries and enjoying gourmet dining and entertainment along the way within the next 3 years
  • Take a couples' cooking class in Tuscany, Italy, learning to make authentic pasta and enjoying local wine and cheese within the next 18 months
  • Spend a week in Bali, Indonesia, indulging in spa treatments and enjoying the beautiful beaches and temples within the next 2 year
  • Take a road trip along the California coast, stopping at romantic destinations such as Big Sur and Napa Valley within the next year
  • Plan a surprise date night in Paris, France, including a private boat ride on the Seine and a romantic dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant within the next 6 months
  • Attend a destination wedding in Mexico and extend the trip to enjoy a romantic beach getaway, with activities such as snorkeling and horseback riding within the next year
  • Book a luxury safari in Tanzania, staying in a private tented camp and seeing the Big Five animals in their natural habitat within the next 3 years
  • Take a romantic hot air balloon ride over the Napa Valley, followed by a private wine tasting and gourmet lunch within the next 2 years
  • Plan a surprise weekend trip to New York City, including tickets to a Broadway show and a carriage ride through Central Park within the next 6 months
  • Take a couples' yoga retreat in Costa Rica, practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques in a beautiful natural setting within the next 18 months
  • Visit the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, hiking the Inca Trail and enjoying a romantic dinner with a view of the mountains within the next 3 years
  • Book a private yacht charter in the Greek Islands, exploring the crystal clear waters and enjoying sunset dinners on deck within the next 2 years

Other Travel Goals

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Here are a few more examples of SMART goals that you can set in the area of travel:

  • Visit at least 10 countries in the next 5 years
  • Visit three new countries within the next two years, spending at least two weeks in each country
  • Visit all seven continents before turning 40, completing the goal within the next 10 years
  • Achieve status as a top-tier frequent traveler with a major rail company by logging at least 50,000 miles in the next 12 months
  • Visit every single station on the New York City Subway system by the end of next year, taking a picture at each stop as evidence
  • Plan and book a multi-generational family vacation by rail, including grandparents, parents, and children, to a scenic destination in the next 2 years
  • Visit the Seven Wonders of the World, including the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, and the Colosseum, within the next 10 years

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Travel Goals: How to Envision and Achieve Your Travel Dreams

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Have you ever noticed how two people can visit the same place with similar hopes and dreams have dramatically different experiences?

One person will return home with life-changing memories of adventure and reflection, whereas another will return home disappointed, feeling as though they'd failed to accomplish what they set out to achieve.

Why is this?

While nothing is guaranteed on the road, travelers who consistently have exceptional experiences share a common trait: they set travel goals. 

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Setting travel goals to improve your next trip might seem counterintuitive to some. After all , isn't the objective of travel to get away from the to-do lists and schedules of daily life?

Yes, and no. Although travel is a great opportunity to escape from our day-to-day routines, it's not an alternative universe within which the general rules of life don't apply.

Just as they do at home, when traveling goals provide you with short-term motivation and long-term vision. They help you to better organize your time and energy so that you get the most out of your trips.

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Goals ensure that you’re life on the road follows your own personal values. And by setting and completing goals, you take the steps necessary to fulfill your purpose, or Why, for traveling.

Without goals, it’s easy to get lost. With no clear direction on what to do next or which way to go, we can become overwhelmed with the number of novel possibilities travel presents us with on a daily basis.

Having good travel goals is like having someone guide you along your journey, ensuring you take the proper next step every time.

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Fortunately, as you will see, creating—and accomplishing—major, life-changing travel goals isn’t just for the hyper-motivated or über-persistent. There are a number of straight-forward steps that anyone eager to learn and grow can follow to design and fulfill their travel dreams.

How To Create Amazingly-Effective Travel Goals

OK, so you’re convinced that setting goals is useful. But how do you go about doing this? How do you create good travel goals?

The best, most-effective travel goals are SMART goals. No, I don’t mean that they are members off MENSA (what’s with the acronyms today?).

Rather, great travel goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Based. Let’s explain that a bit more.

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Great travel goals are clear and specific, which helps to remain focused and motivated.

To make your goals more specific, try and answer the six ‘W’ questions:

-What do I want to accomplish?

-When do I want to accomplish this goal?

-Where do I need to go?

-Who should be involved?

-Which resources or limits are there?

-Why do I want to accomplish this goal?

Great travel goals are also measurable, allowing you to easily track your progress and know when you’ve succeeded.

Being able to clearly see both how far you’ve come and what you need to do to finish helps you to stay motivated and creates excitement around the thought of accomplishing your goal.

When setting measurable goals, ask questions like:

-How will I know when I've succeeded?

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A good measurable travel goal for someone shy would be to have a 5+ minute conversation with a local 3x over the course of one, week-long trip. A less-effective goal would be to "meet new people" or "open up".

Great travel goals should also be attainable. You should be able to see a realistic path you can take to success. You should feel challenged and your abilities should be stretched, but everything should remain possible.   If your goals is so difficult that it starts to feel unattainable, then you’re more likely to just give up.

Achievable goals answer questions like:

-Given my current situation (financial, mental/physical health, time constraints) how realistic is this goal?

-How can I accomplish this goal?

Great travel goals need to be relevant. They need to matter to you, aligning with your greater purpose in travel or life.

Having a deep sense of purpose behind your goals ensures that you’ll never run out of motivation, even when the going gets tough and helps to keep things in perspective. If you goal isn’t relevant to you, you will lack the fortitude necessary to handle adversity when it undoubtedly appears.

Relevant travel goals answer ‘yes’ to these questions:

-Is this something that matters to me?

-Do I really want to accomplish this?

-Will completing this goal improve the world in some way?

-Am I improving my life by succeeding?

-Is this the right time or place for me to try and achieve this goal?

Great travel goals have a target date. They have a deadline for completion that you can stick to. This helps ensure that one temporary, short-term goal—which is supposed to be a single step on the way towards aiding greater goals or your purpose—doesn’t become a massive time-suck or permanent hinderance.

Time-based travel goals can usually answer these questions:

-What can be done today to help accomplish this?

-What can I do six weeks from now?

-What can I do six months from now?

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A good time-bound travel goal for someone afraid of flying would be to take one flight without the aid of anti-anxiety drugs, sleeping pills, or alcohol in the next 3 months.

In addition, the best travel goals are performance, not outcome, based. This means that the goal is to complete the process rather than to achieve a specific end result.

As all great performers know, the only thing you ever have full control over is your effort. There’s no guarantee that a well-struck golf ball won’t end up in the water in a tournament or that a perfectly-sung ballad won’t be eclipsed by another song during a talent show.

You can’t force the weather to be nice, a museum to be open, or a local to be friendly, but you can wake up in the morning ready to take that hike, prepare yourself to see some art, or have the courage to start a conversation at the nearby cafe.

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You can't control whether or not the ticket office is open while traveling through Italy—it rarely seems to be—but you can make sure you're at the train station on time.

While there are no guarantees, consistently putting in the effort—following a process that you know can work—leads to the best long-term results.

How To Figure Out What Goals to Set

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If you’ve read what we wrote on travel with purpose , you know how important it is to find your Why for travel. Purpose gives focus to your planning, inspires action on the road, and provides strength in difficult moments—both before and during trips.

Once you’ve identified your purpose for travel— here’s a refresher on how to do that —you’ve already done much of the work necessary to set great travel goals. You have a clear idea of which direction you want to take. Now you just have to map out the specific steps you will take to get there.

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Once you know what your final destination is, it becomes much easier to determine what path you want to take to get there.

Sometimes the route you need to take will be obvious, and goal-setting will be simple. Other times the path might not be as clear. If that’s the case, ask yourself the following questions, with your Why in mind:

-Image that you’ve had a successful trip filled with purpose. What would that trip entail? Can you work backwards from the end to the start?

-What’s the smallest possible first step you could take towards achieving your Why?

-Has anyone else traveled with a similar purpose? What did their journey look like?

-What’s the most important problem you could tackle on day one of your trip?

-What’s one thing that would get you to jump out of bed?

-What do you want your obituary to say?

-What would you never regret trying even if you failed?

-What could you do to ensure that you’re living a satisfying life?

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Choosing between paths is often part of the fun of travel planning and goal setting.

Not every goal for your trip has to—or even should—be purpose-driven. Adding a few for-fun, less-serious goals helps to lighten the mood and provides additional motivation along the way.

Examples of some fun goals could be visiting all the Trappist breweries in Belgium, learning 5 words in Portuguese each day during a month-long trip to Brazil, and trying 20 different flavors of Kit Kat while in Japan.

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Just a few of the hundreds of flavored Kit Kats available in Japan.

Deciding How Many Travel Goals to Have

When trying to determine how many goals you should set for a trip, there are a number of factors to consider.

How long will you be gone? How much time will you be able to devote to accomplishing your goals? Will you have other obligations or responsibilities on your trip? Does reading over your list of potential goals make you feel overwhelmed?

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It can be helpful to think of travel goals as items in your mental backpack. Pack too few and you'll be ill-prepared. Pack too many and you'll be overly burdened.

In general, it is better to pick a smaller number of meaningful goals rather than a large number of goals that you’re less enthusiastic about. Your time and energy on the road is limited, and there is only so much you can concentrate on.

Changing Your Travel Goals

Having fewer goals allows you to create new goals when you’re traveling based on what you see and do. As you travel, you will undoubtedly realize new things about yourself and your prioritizes might change. Perhaps you came to South America to learn Brazilian Capoeira only to learn that you’d rather practice Argentine Tango.

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Your goals don’t have to be inflexible. Sometimes unexpected things happen when you’re traveling. Allow yourself the latitude to jump into the adventure that is unexpected possibilities. Don’t let your original goal of visiting the top 5 Sachertorte coffee houses in Vienna keep you from accepting an invite from new friends to spend the weekend at a music festival in Bratislava. The best part of travel is the unexpected and the unplanned, and objectives should never get in the way of a good story.

Expectations Versus Hopes

To help make this easier, make sure your goals are not expectations. Expectations are absolute and unmovable. When we expect something, we move an accomplishment from being something to be celebrated to being something mundane. After all, we expected it to happen so why be happy? And if they don’t happen, then we get upset.

In contrast, if you view your goals as hopes—things you want to have happen but also recognize that they might not—then you are free to change or abandon goals when necessary. The quality of your travel experiences are not contingent upon how many of the goals you set out at the beginning are accomplished blindly.

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Don't underestimate the benefits of having the freedom to explore with hope.

How to Achieve Your Travel Goals

There are a number of things you can do to help you to accomplish your travel goals.

1.) Make sure your travel goals are SMART

As mentioned above, if your goals are not specific, measurable, actionable, relevant, or time-bound, your chances of success will be greatly diminished.

2.) Review your travel goals regularly

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Review your goals every day when you wake up. One way to do this is to create a travel journal within which you actually one big goal for the day and three ways in which you are going to make it happen.

Also remind yourself everyday of your overall purpose for traveling. Write this down on a piece of paper and bring it with you during the day.

3.) Prioritize your travel goals

At the beginning of your trip, sequence your goals based on priority. Know what is most important to get done first and what you most want to accomplish. Not only does this set you off on the right foot, but it makes it more likely that you will have done the things you most want to do in case something happens that cuts your trip short or otherwise changes your plans.

4.) Keep track of your progress

Before you go to bed each night take a moment to write down your successes. Note what steps you took to achieve your goals and how much progress you’ve made since yesterday.

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Somedays you’ll take great leaps, whereas others days it may feel like you’ve only advanced a little. Don’t worry about this. Remain consistent in the process and the results will eventually show.

5.) Celebrate your success

Be sure to enjoy the moment when you accomplish your goals. Fully embrace the feelings you get and let them soak into you. Hold onto that feeling as long as you can. Think about the hard work and dedication it took to get to where you are.

Take a photo to memorialize your accomplishment and let other people know on social media what you’ve done. Don’t worry about coming across as boastful—in general, people want other people to succeed, and if your joy is genuine your friends and family will be supportive. And who knows, you may even inspire someone else to take on their own challenges.

The joy one gains from a hard-earned achievement is addictive, and you’ll naturally want more of it. Ensuring that you take the time to properly celebrate your successes is critical when building the work-reward loop that drives future performance.

6.) Reflect

Throughout the goal-achievement process, remain reflective. Ask yourself how things are going? Are your goals too easy and you’re not feeling challenged? What are you learning about yourself? Use this information to adjust your future plans and goals.

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Things to Avoid: What Prevents You From Achieving Your Travel Goals

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Don't let your next trip be filled with regret and disappointment due to unmet travel goals.

There are a number of reasons people don’t achieve their travel goals. Some of the biggest road blocks include:

1.) Impatience

You want results right away and get frustrated and quit when you don’t see the results immediately.

2.) Perfectionism

You want everything to be done perfectly the first time and if that’s not the case you get upset and quit.

3.) Failure

You are unable to deal with failure on a first, second, or tenth try. Those who stick with it are those that achieve. 

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Even the best fail sometimes.

4.) Focusing on the end results

When you shift your attention from the process to final outcome, you’re more likely to make mistakes, not give it your full effort, and overlook crucial steps. Also, the process is often quite fun—especially in traveling. Imagine not enjoying the hike up a mountain side because you’re focused exclusively on what it will feel like when you get to the top.

5.) Excuses

Sometimes excuses are what prevent us from achieving our goals.Your mind likes to stay in a comfort zone and so it will say and do whatever it can to prevent you from moving out of that. Do you hear yourself saying some of the following? If you do, stop for a moment and think. 

-I’m not good enough.

-It’s not the right time.

-I’m too old/young.

-I don’t have the money.

-People will laugh at me.

-What if I fail?

6.) Overly-large steps

If you bite off more than you can chew in one chunk it can be demoralizing and daunting. This is common. Instead of committing to visiting all the countries in the world when you first start out traveling, perhaps start by visiting one.

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Every great journey starts with a single step.

7.) Procrastination

Now is the best time to act. It’s easy to say that you’ll travel one day or achieve XYZ in the future when you feel right. Don’t wait until you feel ready, or when the time is right. If you do that, you risk that time never coming. If you can’t complete the whole goal right now, create a mini-goal that you can finish that when done will help you to achieve your larger goal. Any progress is good progress!

8.) Distractions

People, at home, social pressure. These can all distract you from your goals. Remember why you’re trying to achieve your goals, and this can help you keep on track.

9.) Lack of consistency

Are you not doing the same things every day to help achieve your goals? Do you work hard one day and then slack off another?

Show up everyday with effort and you’ll be rewarded. The more consistent you are, the easier it is to achieve goals as they become habits. Get in the habit of talking to locals when you wake up each morning and you’ll find it second nature after a while.

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Keep showing up and you'll eventually catch a ride.

10.) Expectations

More on this next week!

As you've learned, if you're interested in consistently having exceptional travel experiences, you should to set goals. The best travel goals are SMART goals—Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Based—and are often steps towards fulfilling a greater purpose or Why. Such goals provide travelers with the motivation, vision, and resiliency. By following a few straight-forward steps, anyone can design, develop, and—ultimately—live their travel dreams.

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The 10 Best Group Travel Tour Companies for 2023

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For those truly epic, once-in-a-lifetime destinations, you want to leave your itinerary to the experts. Whether your dream is to see the Big Five on an African Safari, trek tall mountains, explore European cities, or something even wilder, a group tour is the easiest way to do it.

However, picking the wrong group tour company is the quickest way to ruin your trip. Make sure you choose a tour company that aligns with your goals and travel styles. Do you want an intimate group tour or do you prefer to make lots of new friends in a big group? Does the price line up with what you like (luxury vs. budget)? Is the itinerary going to all the places you want to see? 

We’ve done the research and found the very best group travel tour companies for 2023 for every type of traveler.

Best Overall Group Travel: Exodus Travels

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With trips on every continent, Exodus Travels covers anywhere on this planet that you could possibly want to go, from popular destinations like the Amalfi Coast to well off-the-beaten path adventures like Tajikistan. This award-winning group travel company boasts thousands of repeat customers who sign up for trips year after year (97% of past participants would recommend Exodus Travels to a friend). 

These small group tours operate with only around 12-16 people, and always feature experienced local leaders who can give you a unique insight into your destination. Exodus Travels caters to any type of travel style, including trips broken down by type of activity (think walking, cycling, multi-adventure, winter, or cultural) as well as type of traveler (family, age group, etc.). There are curated collections (coastal, “away from it all”, European wilderness, and trips of a lifetime) to inspire you, as well as self-guided options for when you want all the benefits of a group tour planner without the actual group. Looking for that special safari? Exodus Travels just partners with the African Wildlife Foundation to create carefully curated luxury adventures that go above and beyond the standard safari. 

Exodus Travels tours work for almost any budget, with options that range from affordable to premium. 

Top Trip: Explore under-the-radar Europe by foot on Exodus Travels’ Lakes & Mountains of Slovenia walking tour .

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Best Adventure Group Travel: World Expeditions

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World Expeditions has been taking adventurous travelers to remote locations all over the world ever since its first group trek through Nepal in 1975. Today, World Expeditions offers active itineraries on every continent. Intrepid travelers can opt for trips themed around mountaineering, rafting, cycling, hiking, and more. 

World Expeditions aims to leave communities and places where they operate tours better than they found them. Trips are created using the company’s Thoughtful Travel Charter as a guideline, which emphasizes respect for the environment, sustainability, having a positive impact on local communities, protecting wildlife, and more. 

World Expeditions’ trips are capped at just 16 people to provide a good experience for participants, and there are no single supplements for solo travelers willing to share a room with someone of the same gender. 

Top Trip: Summit Africa’s tallest mountain on a fully-supported trek up Kilimanjaro on World Expeditions’ eight day trip up the beautiful Lemosho Route . 

Best Budget Group Travel: G Adventures 

People visiting famous sites around China with the G Adventures' China Express group travel tour

For travelers on a budget, G Adventures offers cheap group tours that make dream destinations accessible to nearly anyone. (Think: sailing the Galapagos for just $1,124 , criss-crossing India’s Golden Triangle for $559 , or spending 8 days in Bali for less than $800.)

G Adventures is one of the best tour companies for solo travelers as well, as most trips don’t have a single-supplement. You can choose to share a room with another G Adventures solo traveler, or pay extra to have your own space.

G Adventures keeps costs down by opting for cheaper hotels and local meals, and making certain activities optional (for an additional cost). Pick your travel style—options range from “basic” to more luxe tours run in partnership with National Geographic. Family tours, local living tours (featuring homestays), and wellness-focused tours are also available. 

Top Trip: G Adventures’ China Express trip is a great way to see the highlights of China if you’re short on both time and budget. 

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Best Educational Group Tours: EF Go Ahead Tours

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When you really want to learn about a destination, consider a group trip with EF Go Ahead Tours . EF is the world’s largest private education company, and the Go Ahead Tours arm capitalizes on the company’s relationships with local educators, historians, and tour guides to create group trips that take you deep into a destination. 

These small group tours generally cap at 38 travelers, and feature unique educational experiences. For a bucket list trip, EF Go Ahead Tour’s special event tours are particularly enticing, as they offer behind-the-scenes access to tough-to-plan trips like Oktoberfest in Munich or Cherry Blossom season in Japan. 

Intimidated by solo travel? EF Go Ahead Tours is a great option for solo travelers, since it offers designated trips for solo travelers , where everyone is traveling alone, making it less intimidating.  

Top Trip: Bring the tastes of Italy home with you on EF Go Ahead Tours’ Food & Wine: Piedmont & Tuscany tour (operated in partnership with America’s Test Kitchen), where you’ll learn how to make local dishes. 

Best Responsible Group Travel: Intrepid Travel

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Looking for a responsible group travel operator that focuses on bettering the communities and destinations they visit? Intrepid Travel is the world’s largest travel B Corporation, a certification for companies doing good. 

Intrepid Travel’s tours focus on sustainability, diversity, inclusion, and sustaining communities. The company has its own charity, The Intrepid Foundation , which has donated over 7 million dollars to over 130 community organizations. 

Intrepid Travel’s small group tours attract a wide range of travelers, but they are especially great for younger travelers, as they have a large number of trips designed for people aged 18-29 . (Other trips, including family-focused trips, are geared toward any age.)

Top Trip: Experience unforgettable wildlife encounters on Intrepid Travel’s Premium Uganda & Rwanda trip which includes time with the mountain gorillas of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. 

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Best Private Group Travel: Kensington Tours

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Whether your group consists of just two people or involves taking the entire extended family, Kensington Tours will take all the hassle of planning out of the equation. This private group operator creates personalized trips and itineraries tailored to your preferences, while their experts handle all the logistics and bookings. 

Plans are entirely flexible, and can even be changed while on the trip on a whim. Need some inspiration? Browse Kensington Tours’ travel ideas , to get some ideas for your next adventure. 

Top Trip: Sail around the stunning shores of Croatia and the Dalmation Islands on a private luxury catamaran on Kensington Tours’ fully customizable tour . 

Best Polar Group Travel: Chimu Adventures

Shots of the interior and exterior of the Ocean Adventurer ship and shots of nature around Antarctica as seen on the Chimu Adventures' Antarctica Fly Cruise

Whether you’re headed north to the Artic or south to Antarctica, Chimu Adventures has the perfect polar group trip for you. Chimu Adventures has some of the most variety for polar trips, with options to fly, cruise, or a combination of both to get to your destination.

For an ultra-unique Antarctica trip, Chimu Adventures offers cruises departing from Australia or New Zealand (most Antarctica trips depart from Argentina). Can’t stay long? Book one of Chimu Adventures’ scenic flights to Antarctica , which fly as far as the south pole in one spectacular 16-hour day.

Chimu Adventures is one of the cheapest group trips to Antarctica, with rates starting under $5,000.

Top Trip: If you’re pressed for time (or simply don’t have the stomach for the Drake Passage), Chimu Adventures’ Antarctica Fly Cruise will get you to the ends of the earth quickly and smoothly.

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Best Group Tours for Solo Travelers: For the Love of Travel

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Group tours can be a great way to meet new people, but they can sometimes skew on the older age range. If you’re between 25-39 and a solo traveler looking to meet new people, you’ll love For the Love of Travel . All participants on the trips are between 25-39, and according to the company, 80 percent are solo travelers—so you’ll make friends fast. Hoping to meet someone who will be more than just a friend on your next trip? Trips include a balanced number of “gal and guy spots” to ensure an even balance of genders within groups (and of course, non-binary genders are always welcome). 

For the Love of Travel offers weeklong (or longer) international trips as well as shorter weekender trips to nearby destinations like Mexico or Denver—perfect for people without a lot of vacation time.

Top Trip: Sleep in a glass igloo under the Northern Lights, go sledding with huskies, and warm up in traditional saunas on For the Love of Travel’s Lapland tour , already booking dates for 2024.

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Biking through the rolling hills of Italy or across the mountain roads of Chile sounds like a dream, but the logistics seem daunting (especially if you don’t want to haul all your own stuff from point-to-point). Enter: DuVine Cycling , a luxury small group tour company that specializes in bike trips. 

With trips across Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the United States, DuVine Cycling is a cyclist’s dream. Choose from all-biking trips or mix things up with a cycle and sail bike tour or a multi-sport adventure —no matter what, everything is included, from luxury boutique accommodations to top-quality name brand bikes. 

Top Trip: DuVine’s Holland Bike Tour promises “tulips, windmills, beer, and cheese”—what more could you need?

Best Luxury Group Travel: Abercrombie & Kent

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Abercrombie & Kent has been delighting discerning travelers since 1962. Today, they take travelers on unforgettable adventures across over 100 different countries and all seven continents. Although Abercrombie & Kent’s trips are pricey, they encompass once-in-a-lifetime experiences like private jet tours around the world or luxury chartered cruises .

There are trips designed for solo travelers and families , and the small group journeys max out at around 14-18 guests.

Top Trip: Swim with whale sharks in the Philippines, feed proboscis monkeys in Malaysia, and photograph wild tigers in India on Abercrombie & Kent’s Wildlife Safari: Around the World by Private Jet trip , already booking dates into 2024.

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  • November 30, 2023

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Adventure is a State of Mind

Setting an attainable goal can make a huge difference when it comes to whether or not you actually achieve that goal. This is true whether you are setting career goals, fitness goals, or travel goals.

What Don’t You Want?

When we hear the word “goal,” most of us start thinking about what we want. Where do we want to go on our next travel adventure? What do we want to do when we’re there? The author, Mark Manson , suggests that just as important as what you want is what you don’t want. To every achievement in life, there is a cost. So the question is what cost or struggle are you willing or unwilling to accept? As he states, “What we get out of life is not determined by the good feelings we desire, but by what bad feelings we’re willing and able to sustain to get us to those good feelings.”

The most obvious travel example of this is how much money you are willing to spend for your trip. Obviously, we all have limits to both our time and our money . There are less obvious struggles, however, that we need to consider in setting our goals. For me, this is easiest to identify when it comes to camping.

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My husband, Greg, and I both love nature, although his tolerance of the discomforts that come with some nature experiences is significantly higher than my tolerance. Early in our marriage, Greg took me tent camping…once. I very quickly identified that sleeping on the ground and squatting in the woods instead of enjoying the glories of modern plumbing were not struggles that I was willing to accept.

A few years later, I was willing to reconsider camping when we bought a small popup camper and Greg promised to always camp with me in a campground with at least some sort of toilet. (Initially, I held out for toilets with running water but later gave in and agreed to stay in campgrounds with, at minimum, vault toilets.)

Recently, we bought a camper with not only a flushable toilet but a shower! Now I’m all in for the camping trips Greg wants to take. Wouldn’t I enjoy hiking into a remote area and camping somewhere far away from everyone else in a beautiful expanse of undisturbed nature? Sure…but not enough to squat in the woods.

Which Struggles Can You Accept?

When you’re thinking about your travel goals, identify what discomforts you are willing to put up with. This will help you to narrow down your goals. Also keep in mind, however, that if you are unwilling to tolerate some discomfort, you are also unlikely to have any travel adventures.

Everything in life comes with some discomfort or difficulties that we have to overcome. The question is not how to eliminate all of those struggles but to instead decide which struggles you are willing to cope with in order to achieve the amazing adventures you want to have in your life.

When Greg and I go camping, I still have to deal with unpredictable weather, limited showers, and bugs, but those are all negatives that I’m willing to accept for the price of experiencing the beauties of nature. As Mark Manson says, “our struggles determine our successes. So, friend, choose your struggles wisely.”

Limit Your Goals

Someone once told me that they hadn’t really traveled much because they couldn’t decide where to go. That is indecision at its finest! Limiting your goals doesn’t mean that you can’t dream — I usually have three to five possible trips (goals) floating around in my head at any given time — but it does mean that at some point, you have to pick one goal to actually work toward.

For some people, the fear of making the wrong choice and missing out on something better keeps them from committing. If this is you, remember that avoiding making a choice is actually making a choice. It’s a choice to miss out on everything! Deciding to focus on just one goal at least lets you achieve and enjoy that goal, even if you have to miss out on other possibilities.

The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. Benjamin E. Mays

Set Goldilocks Goals

Just like Goldilocks wanted her porridge to be hot but not too hot, it’s important that your travel goal be specific but not too specific. If your goal is too vague, such as “I want to visit a beach,” it is difficult to make your goal into a reality. How do you figure out transportation if the only goal is “a beach?”

On the other hand, you are likely to encounter friction and disappointment if your goal is too specific. If your goal is to visit not only a specific beach but to stay in a specific room in a specific hotel on that beach on a specific date, there is a risk that at least some element of that goal is not going to be attainable. What if someone already booked that room before you for that date?

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A Goldilocks-just-right sort of goal is one in which you have a vision of where you want to go and what you want to do, but there is also some flexibility in that goal. For example, you might want to stay on the beach in Aruba, but you can either be flexible about which hotel you stay in, or if you know you want a specific hotel, you can be flexible about what floor you stay on or what dates you stay there.

Your goals can also be activities that have some flexibility to them. For example, you may know that you want to eat a lot of good French food when you’re in France, but you’re aware that the menus can change seasonally and you’re open to trying many different types of food. Or maybe you know that you want to be outside and active, but that could be hiking or biking, depending on what’s available where you are staying.

Goals That You Control

An extremely important lesson to remember in life is that we can control our actions, but we can’t control the outcome. Part of this is because of things completely outside of our control, like the weather. We can control whether we dress warm enough for the weather, but we can’t control whether the sun is going to shine. Similarly, we can’t control others. How they act, including how they react in response our actions, is not under our control.

Being clear about what we can and cannot control is an important distinction to make when we are deciding on what we want our travel adventures to look like. For example, if we want to have lots of one-on-one conversations with people living in the country we plan to visit, we can’t control whether others will talk to us or whether they will even share a common language with us. We can, however, plan to learn some of the local language and to spend time in places that will increase our opportunities to have conversations, such as traveling by ourselves rather than with a large tour group.

While we are traveling, making moment-to-moment decisions that align with our goals and are within our control will make a difference in how likely we are to achieve those goals. For example, I love visiting with people who are local to the area I’m visiting as a way to learn more about their culture and language. When Greg and I visited the Azores with friends, one evening our friends had gone to bed and Greg was out late doing some nighttime photography. I could have gone to my room to wait for Greg, but I instead spent some of that time hanging out in the lobby where the night clerk, in between answering phone calls, talked to me about life on the island and some of his opinions about the quirks of the Portuguese language.

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Attainable Goals

As mentioned before, we all have limited time and money, so it’s important to set goals that are realistically achievable. You are just going to end up frustrating yourself by trying to plan a trip that is impossible, whether it is because it’s beyond your financial budget or it’s beyond the amount of time you have available. For example, if you only have a week of vacation time to spend, I guarantee that you are not going to try to visit ten countries and still have a good time. Remember, it is often true that less is more !

Talk with your travel companions about what their goals are for the trip, but also discuss their priorities and how it is unlikely that every single thing that every person wants to do and see is going to fit into the time allowed for the trip. Being realistic about how much you can and cannot do can avoid a lot of frustration when you are on your trip and feel like you are somehow failing if you’re not checking off every single thing on your wish list. As Paula Pant, author and host of the podcast Afford Anything says ( Episode #463 ), “the gap between expectation and reality is where disappointment lives.”

Put It in Writing

There is something magical in writing down a goal. What was previously a dream and somewhat amorphous becomes concrete and real when we put it on paper. Once you’ve made that written commitment to where and when you are going, it gets easier to figure out the next steps and to answer the questions you need to ask to start the planning process. Ask yourself and your travel companions what things you want to see and do , how you want to get there , how you’re going to get around once you’re there, where you want to stay , and how you want to structure your days .

Every new piece of information you’re able to write down leads to the next. Once you’ve answered where you’re going and figure out how long you want to stay, you can pick when the best dates will be for you to set off on your adventure.

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Consider the Possible Obstacles

Last but not least, consider any possible obstacles to attaining your goal. There are many times in life that being able to plan for a possible problem means that it actually never becomes a real problem. For example, if you’re worried that the trip will be too expensive, plan to add a little extra to the money you’re saving each month for the trip. If you know that one of your traveling companions has more work commitments during certain seasons of the year, plan for a time when they historically have had fewer. If you’re planning to travel to an area that has a high probability of hurricanes, either travel during a time of year that this is unlikely or make sure that all of your tickets and reservations are refundable and have a backup plan for where you want to go if your original location is negatively impacted by a weather event.

Obviously, not everything in life is predictable, but often planning can give us options. Flexibility is also important. As I said before, you can’t control everything, so just accepting this fact can help you cope with problems or obstacles as they arise.

Enjoy the Process

Whether you are setting goals for your next travel adventure or for some other area of your life, it is important to focus not just on the goal. In other words, it’s important to enjoy the journey, not just the destination. Goals give us direction, but if you focus only on the end result, you may have to wait a very long time to achieve the enjoyment of that goal, and you’ll miss out on a lot of life in the meantime.

What if you are planning a dream trip but it takes you much longer than you expected to save the money you need for it? If only the goal matters to you, you may end up focusing on the disappointment of still not taking that trip and checking something off of your bucket list.

On the other hand, if you enjoy the process, even if it takes years before you can leave for your travel adventure, you will enjoy the dreaming and the preparation. You’ll look for opportunities to get just a tiny bit closer to that goal. For example, you’ll be excited when you read a book or watch a movie that takes place where you want to go, and you might see a delay in your plans as an opportunity to learn more of a foreign language that will help you when you do actually get to use your passport.

Have you chosen a travel goal? Do you know where your next travel adventure will be? Do you have goals for the experience? If you do, how do they align with the recommendations above? Are there any changes you can make to improve the likelihood of achieving your goal?

Sandi McCoy Kramos

Sandi McCoy Kramos is a licensed clinical psychologist with a doctorate from the University of Virginia and over 30 years of experience as a therapist. She is also a lifelong traveler with years of experience planning and implementing individual travel adventures for herself and family and friends. When asked why she started this blog, Sandi said, "Over the years I've realized that when people say they want to travel but don't actually do it, it's often their own insecurities and lack of knowledge that get in the way. I want to give individuals the knowledge they need to actually make their travel dreams come true."

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Here’s a few tips to get started planning travel arrangements for your group. 

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Next up, let’s start planning for your first travel-focused meeting! Here’s a sample email and text you can use to prep your team for their next meeting.

Sample Email

Hello Team,  Our next team meeting will be (Date/Time) at (Location). During this meeting we will begin making plans to prepare for our trip travel! Please be prepared with the following information: All forms previously handed out, completed and ready to turn in AT THE meeting All information pertinent to your travel, including passport (if international travel) and drivers license (for domestic trips) so copies can be made at the meeting Any questions or concerns you may have about our travel arrangements It will be important for us to secure the proper travel documents and begin reserving transportation to and from the ministry location as soon as possible. At the meeting, we will cover all the details surrounding our expected travel schedule! Thanks for your help with this! See you at the meeting!

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Team meeting on (date) at (time)! We will begin discussing travel arrangements, please come prepared with all forms previously handed out completed, passport and/or DL and questions you may have!

At The Meeting

  • Collect all forms previously handed out, ensure they are completed.
  • Collect all information pertinent to travel, including passports (if international travel) and drivers licenses (for domestic trips). 
  • Make copies of everything to keep in a separate file - this will become your base of knowledge and you can bring this along on the trip, to have paper copies of important documents in the event you need them.
  • Answer any questions or concerns the team may have about travel arrangements
  • Over communicate
  • You can never over communicate, especially in terms of travel arrangements. Research tells us, most people need to hear a message 7 or more times before they internalize it. A group setting will require each team member to be fully informed and comfortable with how to navigate each phase of the trip with the team. We suggest spending intentional time during each team meeting discussing the details of your trip in addition to regular communication outside of meetings to reinforce what’s been communicated. 
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  • Explain to your team the importance of traveling as a group. Just because some of your team may be more comfortable flying or driving long-distances, it’s important for the morale and safety of the group to stay together.
  • Identify some veteran fliers in your group who can serve as small group leaders. They can help 4-5 people navigate the airport together. This helps take all the stress off of you as the leader.
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  • Make a plan and pact with your team, before the situation arises while traveling, that if something were to happen with illness of a team member or emergency back home, that no one returns home alone. That someone else will volunteer to accompany them home. This is about unity and community.
  • Remember the trip starts during travel!
  • We know that travel days can be long, but we want to encourage you and your team to think of those travel days as a part of your mission trip! The best way to keep a travel day from getting stressful is to be well prepared as a team and go into it with a great mindset. Start the morning with prayer - prayer for your team’s hearts to be joyous and without complaint. How great would it be if those you come across as you travel leave your presence happier because of meeting you?
  • How you treat others you meet, the attitude of your group and the words you speak to the people sitting next to you on the airplane are all direct representations of Jesus Christ! Maybe God has a special plan for the people you will meet along the way to your location, be at the ready to pray for others and show the love of Christ even while you travel!

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Are you looking to fulfill your bucket list travel goals? Whether you’re into adventure activities, cultural experiences, visiting landmarks, or exploring natural wonders, there’s no shortage of incredible destinations around the world that will inspire and challenge you. In this article, we’ll take a look at 10 must-see destinations to help you check off your bucket list travel goals.

What you will learn from this article: Popular bucket list travel goals including famous landmarks, cultural festivals, adventure activities, and natural wonders. Off-the-beaten-path bucket list travel goals such as remote destinations, lesser-known hiking trails, unique cultural practices, and unusual foods and drinks. How to achieve your bucket list travel goals by creating a travel plan, saving money, overcoming fears, and finding the right travel partners or traveling solo. The benefits of achieving your bucket list travel goals, including personal growth, cultural awareness, creation of lifelong memories, and boosting confidence.

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10 Must-See Destinations to Check Off Your Bucket List Travel Goals

A. Visiting famous landmarks

1. the taj mahal.

The Taj Mahal is one of the world’s most iconic landmarks, and for good reason. Located in Agra, India, this white marble mausoleum was built in the 17th century by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The intricate carvings and beautiful gardens make it a must-see destination for architecture and history buffs.

2. The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is a man-made wonder of the world that stretches over 13,000 miles across China’s northern border. Originally built to protect China from invasions, the wall is now a popular tourist attraction where visitors can hike along its scenic paths and take in breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

3. The Colosseum in Rome

The Colosseum in Rome is the largest amphitheater in the world and was once the site of gladiator battles, animal hunts, and other public spectacles. Today, visitors can tour the ancient ruins and learn about the history of this iconic Italian landmark.

B. Experiencing unique cultural festivals

1. the rio carnival.

The Rio Carnival is a vibrant celebration of Brazilian culture and music that takes place every year in Rio de Janeiro. With colorful costumes, samba dancing, and lively street parties, it’s a must-see destination for anyone interested in experiencing the energy and excitement of Brazil.

2. The Holi Festival in India

The Holi Festival is a Hindu celebration of spring that’s famous for its colorful powders and water fights. It’s a joyous occasion where people come together to dance, sing, and celebrate the arrival of spring.

3. Oktoberfest in Germany

Oktoberfest is a world-renowned beer festival that takes place every year in Munich, Germany. With traditional Bavarian music, food, and of course, beer, the festival is a great way to experience German culture and traditions.

C. Taking part in adventure activities

1. bungee jumping.

Bungee jumping is an adrenaline-fueled activity that involves jumping off a high platform with a bungee cord attached to your ankles. There are many places around the world where you can experience this thrilling activity, including Queenstown, New Zealand, and Victoria Falls, Zambia.

2. Skydiving

Skydiving is another popular adventure activity that involves jumping out of a plane at high altitude and freefalling before opening a parachute. It’s a great way to overcome your fears and experience the thrill of flight.

3. Surfing in Hawaii

Surfing is a popular water sport that’s enjoyed by people all over the world, but there’s no better place to surf than in Hawaii. With its warm water, consistent waves, and breathtaking scenery, Hawaii is a surfer’s paradise.

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D. Exploring natural wonders

1. the grand canyon.

The Grand Canyon is one of America’s most iconic natural wonders, with its breathtaking views, hiking trails, and unique rock formations. It’s a must-see destination for anyone interested in exploring the great outdoors.

2. The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are a natural light display that occurs in the polar regions. The best places to see the Northern Lights are in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland.

3. The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system and is home to an incredible variety of marine life. It’s a must-see destination for anyone interested in snorkeling or scuba diving.

Off-The-Beaten-Path Bucket List Travel Goals

A. visiting remote destinations, 1. antarctica.

Antarctica is one of the most remote and untouched places on earth, with its pristine landscapes and unique wildlife. It’s a must-see destination for anyone interested in adventure and exploration.

2. The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a group of volcanic islands located off the coast of Ecuador that are famous for their unique wildlife, including giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies. It’s a must-see destination for anyone interested in nature and wildlife.

3. Madagascar

Madagascar is an island nation off the coast of Africa that’s famous for its lemurs and other unique wildlife. With its lush rainforests, stunning beaches, and fascinating culture, it’s a must-see destination for anyone interested in off-the-beaten-path travel.

B. Hiking lesser-known trails

1. the inca trail in peru.

The Inca Trail is a 26-mile trek that leads to the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu. With its stunning vistas and historical significance, it’s a must-do hike for anyone interested in hiking and history.

2. The Milford Track in New Zealand

The Milford Track is a scenic hike that takes you through the heart of New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park. With its stunning waterfalls, alpine meadows, and snow-capped peaks, it’s a must-see destination for anyone interested in hiking and nature.

3. The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal

The Annapurna Circuit is a challenging trek that takes you through the Himalayas and offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range. It’s a must-do hike for anyone interested in adventure and exploration.

C. Experiencing unique cultural practices

1. visiting the himba tribes in namibia.

The Himba people of Namibia are a semi-nomadic tribe that’s famous for their unique customs and traditions, including their distinctive red ochre body paint. It’s a must-see destination for anyone interested in cultural immersion and learning about different ways of life.

2. Staying in a traditional ryokan in Japan

A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn that offers guests a glimpse into Japanese culture and hospitality. With its tatami floors, futon beds, and hot springs baths, staying in a ryokan is a must-do experience for anyone interested in Japanese culture.

3. Participating in a shamanic ceremony in Peru

Shamanic ceremonies are a traditional practice in many South American cultures that involve the use of hallucinogenic plants to achieve altered states of consciousness. It’s a must-do experience for anyone interested in spiritual exploration and personal growth.

D. Trying unusual foods and drinks

1. snake wine in vietnam.

Snake wine is a traditional Vietnamese drink that’s made by infusing rice wine with venomous snakes. It’s a must-try drink for anyone interested in unusual culinary experiences.

2. Haggis in Scotland

Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish that’s made from sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs, mixed with oats and spices and then cooked inside a sheep’s stomach. It’s a must-try dish for anyone interested in Scottish culture and cuisine.

3. Balut in the Philippines

Balut is a fertilized duck egg that’s boiled and eaten with salt and vinegar. It’s a popular street food in the Philippines and is a must-try dish for anyone interested in culinary exploration.

How to Achieve Your Bucket List Travel Goals

Now that you’ve got some ideas for your bucket list travel goals, how do you go about achieving them? Here are some tips for creating a realistic and achievable travel plan:

A. Creating a realistic and achievable travel plan

1. setting a budget.

The first step in planning your travel goals is to set a budget. Determine how much money you’ll need for transportation, accommodation, food, and activities and create a budget that works for you.

2. Researching destinations and activities

Once you have a budget in mind, start researching destinations and activities that fit within your budget. Look for travel deals and discounts to save money on flights and accommodations.

3. Creating a timeline

Create a timeline for your travel goals and make sure to allow enough time for planning, saving, and traveling. Be flexible with your timeline and be prepared to make adjustments as needed.

B. Saving money and budgeting for your trips

1. cutting expenses.

Look for ways to cut expenses in your daily life, such as reducing your entertainment budget or cooking more meals at home. Every penny you save can go towards your travel goals.

2. Saving for travel

Create a separate savings account for your travel goals and make regular contributions. Consider setting up automatic transfers to make saving easier.

3. Using travel rewards programs

Take advantage of travel rewards programs offered by airlines, hotels, and credit cards. These programs can help you save money on flights, accommodations, and other travel-related expenses.

C. Overcoming any fears or obstacles that may be preventing you from achieving your travel goals

1. fear of flying.

If you have a fear of flying, consider taking a course or speaking with a therapist who specializes in this area. There are also many resources available online to help you overcome your fear of flying.

2. Language barriers

If language barriers are preventing you from achieving your travel goals, consider learning a new language or using translation apps to help you communicate.

3. Traveling alone

If you’re afraid of traveling alone, consider joining a travel group or partnering with a friend or family member. There are also many resources available online for solo travelers.

D. Finding the right travel partners or traveling solo

1. joining travel groups.

Joining a travel group is a great way to meet like-minded travelers and make new friends. There are many travel groups available online that cater to different interests and travel styles.

2. Partnering with friends or family

Traveling with friends or family can be a great way to share the experience and make lasting memories. Make sure to choose travel partners who share your interests and travel style.

3. Solo travel tips

If you’re traveling solo, make sure to take proper safety precautions and research your destination thoroughly. Consider staying in hostels or other shared accommodations to meet other travelers and make new friends.

Personal Story: Overcoming Language Barriers to Achieve Your Travel Goals

When I first started planning my bucket list trip to Japan, I was excited about experiencing the rich culture and staying in a traditional ryokan. However, one thing that worried me was the language barrier. I had heard stories of travelers struggling to communicate with locals and feeling lost in translation.

But I didn’t let that fear stop me from pursuing my travel goals. I decided to take a proactive approach and started learning basic Japanese phrases and greetings before my trip. I also downloaded a translation app on my phone, just in case.

When I arrived in Japan, I was pleasantly surprised by the warmth and friendliness of the people I encountered. While there were moments of confusion, I quickly realized that communication is not just about words, but also gestures, facial expressions, and body language.

During my stay in the ryokan, the staff went out of their way to make me feel welcome, despite the language barrier. They used simple English words and hand gestures to guide me through the traditional tea ceremony and explain the etiquette of wearing a yukata.

Through these interactions, I learned that language barriers can actually be opportunities for connection and understanding. It forced me to be more patient, attentive, and open-minded. I discovered that a smile and a genuine attempt to communicate can go a long way in bridging cultural differences.

My experience in Japan taught me that overcoming language barriers is not just about mastering a foreign language, but about embracing the beauty of human connection beyond words. It made me more confident in my ability to navigate unfamiliar situations and motivated me to continue exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations on my bucket list.

So if you’re worried about the language barrier when pursuing your travel goals, remember that it’s not something to be feared, but rather a chance to connect with people in a more meaningful way. Embrace the challenge, learn a few key phrases, and be open to the unexpected connections that can arise from this shared experience.

The Benefits of Achieving Your Bucket List Travel Goals

Achieving your bucket list travel goals can have a profound impact on your life, including:

A. Personal growth and self-discovery

Traveling can help you step outside of your comfort zone and learn about yourself and others. You’ll gain new perspectives and develop empathy and tolerance for different ways of life.

B. Cultural awareness and appreciation

Traveling can help you experience different cultures and learn about history and traditions. You’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the world and its diverse people.

C. Creation of lifelong memories and experiences

Traveling can create lifelong memories and experiences that you’ll cherish for years to come. You’ll capture memories through photography and journaling and share stories with others.

D. Boosting confidence and overcoming fears

Traveling can help you build self-esteem and overcome fears and challenges. You’ll feel empowered and accomplished, knowing that you’ve achieved your travel goals.

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At last we meet again! This Saturday, 20 July at 10:30 at One World Cafe, 533 South Main Street, Moscow, Idaho. We will be talking about......TRAVEL! Some of us have been on trips and/or have trips coming up and would love to give and get tips. Everyone is welcome as long as you love to talk about travel. So the big question is, "Who will be there?"

S & M will be there. Pam asked me to bring something for showing and telling but I can't remember what it was. Maybe it was a memeory improvement exercise.

The cream doth rise.

I will be there ready to listen to Darcy's report on France, Switzerland and Germany, Monte and Sharon's trip to Canada and....yea!! A report on the Heart of Italy tour! Fortunately Monte, I have no idea what I wanted you to bring. Were you going to wear your cowboy outfit? BTW, the Moscow Farmers Market is on Main St this year, so it is closed from 6th where One World is north to 3rd St. They are also inexplicably working on the parking lot where the market used to be, so parking slots number about 1/3 of what they usually are. Drove by there today and it does not look like there is any way they will have any of them done by Saturday since they are taking them back to dirt and starting over with the pavement. Best parking will probably be in the direction of Gritman Hospital or East on 6th street toward the big parking lot across from the Post Office.

Just the spurs.

Well, hmmm, guess the spurs will somehow work in to some kind of travel theme. (and just cracking up!)

But can spurs be taken through Security? I would definitely want them in my carry on just in case I need them during the flight! Pam, thanks for the info on parking; it's definitely appreciated. Pam, have you heard from Rog and Cinda? Do you know if they're coming? I'd love to hear the pros and cons of Rog's packing list and backpack. See you soon!

Monte - can you bring that security pocket you use? I picked up another wallet that will fit Euros and Pounds better, and wonder now if it will fit in that kind of pocket. Just to be clear, you are wearing more than just the spurs, right?

Right, and a hat.

@ Rog, You will give us a complete report on your packing list, won't you? Any thing you'll leave out--or add--next trip?

Oh nooo! Not the packing list!!! I am happy to report I wore everything I took including the rain jacket I jammed in at the last minute. Walking tour of Florence in the pouring rain, anyone? I scoped out parking yesterday and noted they have roped off the vacant lot at the SW corner of 6th and Jackson (the one way street heading toward Genesee)and are making that public parking while the main lot is torn up. Pam

Thanks, Pam, that's good to know!

Darcy - I can prepare a short powerpoint if you like. Or will handouts be sufficient? And Pam will discuss the merits of quoting weights of items to the gram in helpline posts.

...and the cream doth rise again.

I only used grams because I thought someone might think I misread the scale on the compression bag and it was really 2# instead of 2 oz. I am with Jimmy Carter and the rest of the dinosuars. Darcy, don't even tempt him to do a Powerpoint on his lists!

Roger, a powerpoint would be really nice but a handout would actually be better so that we can all take them home to study! Pam, did you by any chance learn to pack from Roger?

Yes, yes, I did get the impetus from him, BUT the real packing genius that started it all was Monte (ably assisted by Sharon) with his packing seminar at the Genesee library that Rog, Laurie and I attended.

We charge now.

Really, I should not drink coffee at the computer. Just burst out laughing at your comment Monte.

Day after tomorrow!

So, it looks like we'll have Pam, Sharon, Monte, Rog, (Cinda?), Laurie, Hedy, Doug and me. Anyone else? Everyone's welcome as long as the topic is travel-related!

We will bring our two grandkids so they can terrorize the group before Sharon takes them to the farmers market for lumpia.

Cinda has to work the canning demo at the Market. We were trying to talk Roger's sons in to coming so they could tell everyone how they loved Italy! We will love meeting the M&S grand kids! Pam

Yes, we're looking forward to meeting the S&M grandkids! Further news: Leslie is coming--Yay! Anyone else?

Excellent get-together today! We got trip reports from Italy and France/Switzerland/Germany (and didn't you guys go to Austria?? we missed that). We had discussions of trips to UK in January and Armenia next May with passing comments on trips to Spain in Sept 2014, Britain/Scotland/Ireland/?? in May of 2014. Monte brought his spurs and antique Stetson, but declined to wear them as he did not think it would blend in with the Farmer's Market crowd outside. We met grandchildren who are developing in to travelers and want to go to Lithuania. Awesome time!

It was an excellent get-together! We loved hearing all about the RS Heart of Italy tour and how excellent it was. Yes, Pam, some of us also went to Austria....I just didn't get to that part of the trip. I'll save that for the next get-together. Monte's spurs and Stetson are amazing. Don't you just love show & tell? (Helpline, you had to be there to appreciate it!) The grandkids were great--no terrorizing occurred! It was fun to see budding travelers with their dreams and goals.

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