What Groups Do We Serve?

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While our sister company, Adventure Student Travel, focuses mainly on student group trips, we expand our services to a wide variety of potential travel clients. Curious if your group could book with Group Tours? Here are just a few of the types of groups we serve.

Business Travel – We know the importance of work away from home, and we are determined to relieve as much stress for your group as possible.  Our travel team works hard to get you to your destination and on the ground so you can get the work done. We can do as much or as little as required to be sure your business trip is a smooth transition from the office to working out in the field. Accommodations will likely require work space, wireless internet, and quick access to a meal or reservations for a working dinner with a colleague or client. Our travel team will take the leg work out of finding the best hotel properties for your meetings and conferences. Leave the travel worries to us while you focus on your work.

Group Cruises – Group cruises offer the amazing perks of only unpacking once, and seeing countless destinations. Some exciting group cruises we’ve planned in the past have left from ports like Miami, New Orleans, Galveston, Texas, andLos Angeles. You’ll soon discover a cruise ship is a getawaA reunion with the members of your military unit can be a moving experience, a time to reflect on all you’ve been through together and to catch up on the lives you’re building today. It can be combined with great military sites around the nation, creating a powerful tribute and a bridge from yesterday to today.y in itself, and the journey is the destination. Here’s where you begin to try new and exciting things – from surfing to on-deck sports and activities. Inside, you’ll enjoy entertainment, buffets, cinema, shopping, and even more activities. Each day, you’ll have the opportunity to stop off on a new destination. The variety of destinations for your cruise is almost limitless, but we’ll help you narrow down the many exciting choices.

Family Reunions – No matter if your family is large or small, call us and we’ll plan a reunion you’ll be talking about for years to come. We’ll deal with the tricky details of where to stay and what transportation to choose, and you can spend your valuable time finding out what new destinations your loved ones want to explore. We know that traveling with family means making tough choices — an adult could walk around a museum all day, but a child may only last an hour — so we’re here to talk you through it using our years of experience as a guide.

Military Reunions – A reunion with the members of your military unit can be a moving experience, a time to reflect on all you’ve been through together and to catch up on the lives you’re building today. It can be combined with great military sites around the nation, creating a powerful tribute and a bridge from yesterday to today. Whether you visit Washington D.C. or a war memorial of your choosing, we’ll handle all the details so you can enjoy the experience.

Sports Team Travel – Sports team travel can be extremely complicated. Getting a team together is exciting, but when the dust settles and it’s time to make arrangements for traveling to the next big event, a travel professional is a good person to have on speed dial. Coaches don’t typically have time to make all the arrangements necessary to ensure every detail is taken care of so all the team has to do upon arrival is play ball. The soccer mom who helped with the schedule and arranging the refreshments can’t be expected to do it all. Our friendly and professional travel operators are here to meet the unique requirements of traveling with a team. Call us whether you need flights arranged around your competition schedule or motor coaches reserved within your budget. We are here to help.

Dont have an official organization, but just a big group of friends who want to go somewhere fun? Call us today or email us here.

The Best Tips For Traveling in Large Groups

best group tipsGroup travel, as you may be able to tell, is our company’s passion! We believe in group travel for a wide variety of reasons, but mainly because we know traveling with friends, classmates and loved ones is the best way to make memories to last a lifetime. However, group travel can occasionally get tricky if you don’t go about it the right way — so let us share some tips to make your trip a smooth sailin’ good time!

1. Discuss your plan in-depth before the final booking. Our travel coordinators will walk your group representative step-by-step through your itinerary choices, but it’s a really good idea to have a sort of public-forum for your group to discuss choices — a Facebook group or email chat usually works well for this. Be sure everyone is in agreement on where to visit, where to stay and what the budget will be like — or you may have some unhappy campers.

2. Think about the types of discounts groups are offered. One of the big perks of group travel is the money you’ll save booking for large groups! We have all the right connections to get you the lowest travel costs, but remember — usually, more is more in this industry! So gather up all your closest friends and save big on the trip of a lifetime.

3. Stay organized and informed. We’ll be in close contact all throughout your booking process, so hopefully this step won’t be too difficult. Just be sure to return all forms, sign every last document, and keep your group updated with any changes made so that you’re all on the same page once the trip begins.

4. Don’t overplan! This can be a tough one to break away from, because you naturally want to stuff as much as you can into your trip! It’s crucial to include some extra time for transportation, little hold-ups, and most importantly, relaxation! Plan an hour longer than you thought you’d need at the beach, or push back the start of your day to sleep in just a tad longer, and you’ll stay happy and rested.

5. Communicate. Not only with your group, but with Exploring America! We’ll be available on-call with any questions or troubles you may run into during your trip.

6. Most importantly — have a blast!

The Current State of American Vacation Time

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via Skift

By Skift’s research, half of America has not taken a single vacation day this year.

Using Google Consumer surveys, Skift came to the conclusion that since the beginning of 2014, 51 percent of American’s claimed they have not taken a day off work. 15 percent of Americans say they’ve taken more than 10 vacation days this year, while the rest is split between those who took fewer than 5, and those who took between 5-10 vacation days this year.

Overall, less women have taken vacations than men, and more Western regioners have taken time off than those in the Northeast. Interestingly enough, the income-range with the least amount of vacation time is right in the middle, at $50,000 to $75,000, with the highest income range ($150,000+) taking the most vacations.

Many researchers and industry experts conclude that America needs to reform its vacation policies in the workplace. Some possible reasons for American’s lack of vacation time include feeling trapped by work, needing standards for paid time off, and having a collective identity of overworking.

What does all this mean for Exploring America fans? — it’s time to take some time for yourself to travel.

 

The 4 Best Rock n’ Roll Hotels in the U.S.

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via divasinc.co

Are you a rock n’ roller at heart looking for a cool enough hotel to jam out in on your next tour? Here’s America’s coolest rock n’ roll themed hotels.

Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas – With more than 300 live music events annually, there’s bound to be a show at the Hard Rock during your visit. If memorabilia is your thing, check out one of the biggest collections in Sin City — $5 million worth of memoribilia, to be exact, ranging from iconic stage costumes and star guitars to weird personal items and vintage records.

Heartbreak Hotel, Memphis – Deemed the “holy grail” of the Elvis fandom, this Memphis lodging is a stone’s throw from Graceland, and each room is decked out in Elvis memorabilia, along with four extra-special PIP suites named after the King’s best songs. No Elvis fan should miss it.

Sunset Marquis Hotel, Los Angeles – If this 3.5 acre Mediterranean style villa doesn’t make you feel like a rock star, we’re not sure what will. Feel like laying down a few tracks? The hotel’s in-house multi-million dollar recording studio has housed artists such as Aerosmith, Backstreet Boys, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Sheryl Crow and more. Be sure to stroll through the gallery of iconic rock photography when you’re finished with your next platinum record!

Andaz, West Hollywood – If classic 70s rock is more your style, the Andaz is your place. A self-proclaimed “home away from home” for legends like Led Zeppelin and The Who, this hotel was appropriately given the nickname “The Riot House” after its rock star occupants spent night after night reveling in debauchery. It’s a bit more tame nowadays, but photographic evidence of it’s past and a luxury rooftop for the hippest in Hollywood keep it cool as ever.

 

 

Best U.S. Islands

via tripadvisor.com

via tripadvisor.com

While the United States may not be everyone first pick for an island paradise, you’d be suprised at how many beautiful beachy escapes reside within our territory! Check out this list for the top picks.

 

San Juan Islands, Washington – Just a ferry ride away from Seattle, this island gives the unique experience of being close to a big, urban city AND a beachy, secluded paradise.

 

Coronado Islands, California – Take the Coronado Bridge from San Francisco straight over to this island packed with great local bars and restaurants, as well as opportunities for nature hiking, biking and golf.

 

Kauai, Hawaii – With mountains reminiscent of Jurassic Park, friendly seals, beginner’s level surfing, local art and entertainment, and sweet local eateries, Kauai is the place to be.

 

Nantucket Island, Massachusetts – Go clamming, grab a coffee, hang out on the sandbar, kick back in the library, visit a whaling museum, or tour a lighthouse during your sure-to-please visit to this Massachusetts treasure.

 

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands – With casinos, malls, cruise ships and remarkably clear sands and waters, St. Thomas certainly is one of the U.S.’ more glamorous islands.

 

Palm Island, Florida – For the best views of sea turtles coming onto shore and nesting, Palm Island can’t be beat.

 

33 Maps To Change The Way You Look At The World

Most Popular Beers By Country via thelandofmaps.tumblr.com

Most Popular Beers By Country via thelandofmaps.tumblr.com

Matador Network has compiled 33 maps from various sources that single out very interesting facts about each demographic. Curious what beer is the most popular in each country? How about which American NFL teams are the most hated by state? Wondering which countries have safe tap water? Ever considered what your country looked like before Pangea? Take a gander at these!

http://matadornetwork.com/life/33-maps-show-world-new/

5 California Food Fests in September

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September is here and Autumn is in the air! Bring in the new season with some fabulous food fests from the West Coast.

1. Farm to Fork Festival, Sacramento

This festival kicks off with attendees purchasing one meal for themselves and one for a family in need. Proceeds from local chefs go to local charities. Mini events within the festival include a wine tasting, and a free day of tastings of locally grown food and drink.

2. Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, Big Bear Lake

For log-sawing, stein-toting and yodel contests, the 44th annual Oktoberfest has you covered. Enjoy two authentic polka bands and a five-course meal. Sausages, German beer, pretzels and more will also be served.

3. California Beer Festival, Ventura

Blues and craft beer make the perfect pairing at Mission Park, Ventura. With a different theme each day, visitors can enjoy beer, food, music and delectable pairings sure to please the masses.

4. Sip LBC, Long Beach

At Sip LBC, a weekend-long whirlwind of wine, cocktail and beer samplings await thirsty patrons. Various events include a mixology demo, Tequila Tuesday and sessions on gin and whiskeys from around the world.

5. Sunset Savor the Central Coast, Santa Margarita

Top Chef Fabio Viviani and San Francisco’s Tanya Holland are featured talent at this year’s festival, which includes cooking and wine seminars, evening wine tastings at Hearst Castle and a Friday night Winemaker Dinner with Holland and others. The main events are held at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch.

20 Best Road Trip Tunes

TOP TEN (1)Needing a new mixtape for your next long car ride? We’ve got the best mix! Kick back and pump up the jams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root

 

2. Highway To Hell – AC/DC

 

3. Life in the Fastlane – The Eagles

 

4. I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash

 

5. Red Dirt Road – Brooks and Dunn

 

6. Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf

 

7. Shut Up and Drive – Rhianna

 

8. Start Me Up – Rolling Stones

 

9. Mud on the Tires – Brad Paisley

 

10. Mustang Sally – The Commitments

 

11. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

 

12. Life is A Highway – Tom Cochrane

 

13. Route 66 – The Rolling Stones

 

14. A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton

 

15. Fun, Fun, Fun – The Beach Boys

 

16. I Ran (So Far Away) – Flock of Seagulls

 

17. Runnin’ Down A Dream – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

 

18. Hit the Road, Jack – Ray Charles

 

19. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

20. Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

5 Best Florida Tours

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Many think Florida is all about the ocean, but 12,000 miles rivers and streams make the Sunshine State an excellent destination for boat tours, where you can reach beautiful views invisible to any nearby road or hotel deck.

 

1. Tarpon Springs

Heading off from the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, you can tour the Anclote River and hear Tarpon Springs history, hang near the gulf to spot dolphins, or hop off on Anclote Key, a white sand island reachable only by boat. The Park also has an 1887 lighthouse to explore!

 

2. Miami Beach Celebrity Spotting

Love tabloids and crave the latest gossip on your favorite stars? With a Miami Beach tour, you’ll get a chance to pass the shores of Fisher, Hibiscus, and Star Islands, home to Rosie O’Donnell, Shaquille O’Neal, Sean Combs, Gloria Estefan and many more. You’ll also get a great view of the Port of Miami and the giant cruise ships and massive skylines you’ll only see again on a postcard.

 

3. Water Taxis

To get to Halifax River and Ponce Inlet in New Smyrna Beach, a water-taxi is a must — but it also doubles as a do-it-yourself tour, letting riders hop on and off at their leisure to create their own mini-tour. Stop where you please for meals or sightseeing, such as the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse, the Marine Science Center, and many waterfront restaurants, shops and galleries.

 

4. The Loxahatchee River

For another destination unreachable by land, this tour starting off at Jonathon Dickson State Park in Hobe Sound takes riders  to the home of Trapper Nelson. Nelson started out living off the land as a trapper and fur trader in the 1930s, but soon turned himself and his home into one of the region’s first tourist attractions, “Trapper’s Zoo and Jungle Gardens.”

 

5. Key West Sunset

The daily sunset in Key West has turned into a celebration best celebrated from an offshore cruise. Choose from “all you can drink” parties with fabulous DJs and dancing, a pirate-themed swashbuckling good time aboard the Jolly II Rover schooner, or a historic ride on Florida’s “The Western Union,” built in 1939.

 

Secrets of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Emmy-award winning filmmaker Ken Burns spent over six years filming national parks for his new PBS series America’s Best Idea: The National Parks. 

 

In a recent interview with USA Today, Burns shared in a short clip his favorite aspects of the Smoky Mountains. Burns said there is “great drama” behind the park, and that it has “a human element” unlike any of the others, due to it’s history of removing towns to preserve the land.

 

He also states that the park’s intimacy is more rare than any others. “All you “need to do is park and get off the many, many roads of this large park and see that blue mountain haze that is part of this beautiful mythological place,” he states.

 

Other elements mentioned are the park’s contribution to country music and myth, the two best trails (Indian Creek & Tom’s Branch), and that famous smoky fog that allows visitors to disappear.

 

Watch the full video here!
http://youtu.be/CxBoi7tPNGM