TRANSFORMATION THROUGH TRAVEL
When we speak to our community of group travel organizers we find that the common theme is the challenge of delivering the right customer experience. They know that people can go elsewhere to just book travel. So what does it take to stand apart and deliver that unique travel experience?
So much in the travel industry is transactional when it could be transformational; with the right awareness applied. We call this “responsible travel” and people like Max and Jeremy show us how they are responsible travellers that have a global impact.
Mandeep Kaur, is the founder and Program Director of TribesforGOOD and she’s eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first eight participants on their new “social impact journey” this November. The program complements their volunteering programs and is designed for those who are just starting out on their exploration of social impact as a career.
YouLi is already the perfect platform to make group trip management easier. But we know that not all trips require communication with multiple people. Sometimes you need to coordinate with a single person to establish the overall plan before you get the rest of the group on board.
If you’re a Travel Agent that creates unique itineraries for groups, but find that quite often people want basically the same thing with a few modifications, then YouLi Quotes is the tool for you. Take advantage of the power of templates without being locked in for the final itinerary.
The experienced team at Sights-n-Ventures has been creating customised itineraries for student groups coming to Australia for over 25 years. They know how to balance fun with education and ensure everyone comes home with stories to tell. Click through below to see more about the BBC Malaysia student’s itinerary and request a customised version for your student group.
The next Ashes is August 2019. That’s just under a year away, plenty of time to properly organise your group. But only if you’re taking advantage of all that time to properly herd the cats, err, players.
Here are 3 key aspects you’ll want to stay on top of to ensure you’re not stressed out and can enjoy the tour yourself.
There is a lot of travel out there that is all about escape rather than travel with purpose. It is a denial of the life you are living and attempt to “get away”. This kind of travel leaves you dreading the return home. And while a mindful travel experience should leave you sad to say farewell, it should also leave you changed in a way that makes the return journey one that you welcome. Because you can take the things you learned while you were away and apply them in your life, whether you enjoy group travel or solo travel, travel should transform.
What is Transformational Travel to you? Do you prefer to be independent? Guided? In a Group? If you’re afraid to be challenged, it probably means it’s time to be challenged. Next trip allow yourself to be changed and come home knowing more than when you left; about yourself, about others, about the world.
Group travel and planning group trips is a challenging yet rewarding task for group leaders. We are the people who love to pull people together to have experiences that wouldn’t happen on their own. I’ve heard many horror stories and many triumphant stories of trips gone wrong and trips gone epic. So here’s a few tips I’ve picked up along the way.
We’ve made it easy to embed your public trips via our WordPress Plugin. Every premium client gets their own collection of listed trips available under ‘My Marketplace’ from the Planner dashboard. This means you don’t have to duplicate the content from your trip, simply embed the content you’ve already entered. Travelers can see all your listed trips, select the one that is right for them and click through to the YouLive to Travel Page. From there they can express interest, pay their deposit and ultimately experience the transformational experience you deliver.
We know travel businesses don’t want to worry about the Tech. They want to focus on the trips. It takes a lot of energy to keep a site running smoothly and we love doing it, so our clients can focus on creating unique travel experiences.
Even if you excel at spreadsheets (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves) the reality is that they’re holding you back. If you’re planning and managing travel
Leading groups is challenging, but like so many challenges, it is incredibly rewarding. Group leaders know the way and dream of leading others on transformational travel; to see the joy on their faces when they get there.
Today I’d like to highlight an incredible duo, Brigitte Muir and Juliette Robertson, creators of the transformational Women 4 Women Walking Retreat in Nepal – November 2018. Brigitte was the first Australian woman to summit Everest.
Spreadsheets are amazing, that’s why they are used to manage things they were never meant for, including Trip Planning. And that’s why no one reads your detailed Trip spreadsheet. After you’ve spent hours perfecting the plan, you should have an easy way to create a visually appealing version of that plan for your group. Welcome to YouLi, as in, YouLive to Travel.
With an Instagram feed that boasts nearly 140K followers and is filled with travel imagery that makes you gasp, YouLi was thrilled to collaborate with Wonderlust Collective. Their founder, Carlos Loya, and I talk all things travel, photography, and what it means to feel dwarfed by the overwhelming beauty of nature.
“I was successful in my 20’s despite my childhood. However, I am successful in my 30’s because of my childhood.” Antesa, founder of Adventure Awake used YouLi to systematize the experiences that are essential pieces of an Adventure Awake expedition – all in one tool.
“Ah-hah, that’s what we need, an adult field trip for immigrant citizens to catch up on their missed grade 6 lesson!” With names of grade 6 teachers to contact bouncing across the table, I was inspired to make this happen. So as I sat waiting for the 96 tram, instead of being disappointed by the 12 minutes displayed on the screen, I pulled out my phone and logged into YouLi.
Stories from the Road Series: The Hacker Exchange needed help managing trips for 18-25 aspiring entrepreneurs traveling to Silicon Valley for two inspiring weeks. Their itinerary while in Silicon Valley included a packed schedule of workshops from world-class thought leaders, talks with founders and mentors, meet-ups, and VIP access to some of the freshest businesses and co-working spaces in the Valley.
YouLi Tasks can provide documents to download and require your travelers to upload. You can collect any document you need with automatic permission controls. No need to mess around with Google Drive permissions, simply assign tasks and know that both you and your traveler can see the right documents.
The water can be freezing, there are snakes, spiders, waterfalls, slippery rocks, and steep ascents at the end of it all. But the thrill of challenging yourself and exploring places that few others dare to tread and bringing back photographic trophies makes the canyoning and photo workshop totally worth it.
“You have to be game for anything” to do this job. If you can roll with the issues, adapt to the situation and maintain a custom service orientation then you’ll do great. For Gracie the pros outweigh the cons so far. She knows that she will always have a place in the Travel Director world now – even if she needs to take a break for other things and come back to it. Would you want to be a TD? Why or why not?
Group travel can be a gorgeous opportunity for intrepid adventurers to connect. Whether its women finding those safety in numbers as they trek the Atlas
How to best manage payments when dealing with a group of travelers? From deposits and payment plans to custom invoicing, here are four things you need to think about.
Lemosho is the longest and most remote route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. After beautiful forests and moorlands it crosses the Shira Plateau to meet up with the Machame Route. The extra 2 days over the standard climb gives our group a much better chance of making it to the summit AND means we get a more enjoyable route.
Today I was invited to chat about my experiences as a founder with Sheree Rubinstein the founder of One Roof in Melbourne, a co-working space for female led businesses. We are still early on our journey, but it’s great to be able to look back proudly on the last year and recognize how far we’ve come.
When we started planning 2 years ago, YouLi didn’t exist, so I decided to create it, or at least part of it. The vision: create a platform that allowed me to communicate with my guests about what they were getting into and allow them to create customised itineraries from the options I provided.