If you’ve ever traveled with a group of friends or family you know how amazing it can be, but did you know that it can be good for your health, too?
Dozens of studies show that satisfying relationships with family, friends and your community can improve your happiness, health and longevity. There is also proof that friendship can extend life expectancy, lower chances of heart disease, and even improve pain tolerance.
Now think about traveling with members of a larger community, like a club or an organization you love. What an amazing opportunity to deepen your social connections and build stronger relationships—the kind of relationships that are great for your health.
We have experienced it ourselves and so have our clients … something magical happens when you share a travel adventure with others. Not only do you make bonds more quickly, the bonds are stronger and last longer than the ones you make in regular daily life.
Here’s an example: A couple of years ago, we had the pleasure of going on a river cruise with a group of our travel colleagues. These were people we knew professionally and had interacted with before, but we didn’t really know them.
After spending a week together, exploring new places, having fun, and sharing meals and meaningful conversations, we developed real friendships that have lasted long after the cruise. Those friendships have had a positive impact on our lives and our business ... and apparently our health, too!
So what types of trips can you take to create or deepen social connection? Beyond your close friends and family, start with your favorite activities and special interests.
The possibilities are truly endless, but here are some experiences that lend themselves well to group travel:
Bond with your book club in a city related to your favorite novel.
Break bread with your dining group in a renowned foodie destination.
Taste old world wines in Europe with your wine club.
Join your pickle ball or tennis friends and play your favorite sport on a cruise ship or at an all-inclusive resort.
Hit the links at iconic courses with your golf group.
Explore ancient destinations with your spiritual community.
Discover stunning destinations with your photography club.
Now, you might be thinking, “Sounds great, but who’s going to plan it?”
Don’t worry, that’s where we come in! We have lots of experience and resources to make group travel planning easy—or at least seem easy to you—since we'll handle all the details. Plus, there are some added benefits we can offer.
For example, if your group is large enough, the group leader will often qualify for discounted or free travel. If your group is hosted by a business or non-profit organization, there are also opportunities to generate revenue.
Intrigued by all the benefits group travel has to offer?
Reach out today. We can help you discover the perfect opportunity for you.