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We’ve seen them before on vacation. It’s that group of people that look like they’re having A LOT MORE fun. They’re carefree, skipping to the front of the line, chatting amongst themselves as they sit at the best tables in restaurants. How’d they make that happen when you’re stuck in the back of the line?
Travel can be such a hassle. But it doesn’t have to be, if you take advantage of an insider secret.
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Groups receive special perks and preferential treatment when they travel. They command better rates, access freebies and gain behind-the-scenes access. Hotels, attractions, restaurants – they all LOVE groups and bend over backwards to earn their business.
Even better? The leader of the group often travels for free. And if you’re good at it, you can turn leading groups into a lucrative side gig or new career, just like hundreds of thousands others have.
I’m Jeff Gayduk, publisher of Leisure Group Travel. For three decades I’ve worked inside the group travel industry. During that span, I’ve met thousands of group travel influencers who’ve traveled the world and made money doing it. I’ve learned what it takes to create great trips and lead successful groups.
Those stories are unveiled for you inside the pages of Traveling Tribes, my new book.
If you’re looking for your next opportunity in life, one that provides freedom, unbeatable travel benefits and a side income for you or your favorite cause, let’s get started!
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Group travel is more popular than ever. People shun vanilla vacations. Instead, they search for unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and a shared community with people they care about. That’s what group travel delivers best, and if you have the right skills and the right training, you’ll thrive in creating a tribe of followers who’ll eagerly go with you because you’ve got their back. Learn how to do it in Traveling Tribes.
Are you ready for a new opportunity? A better retirement than your cohorts? A lucrative side gig that doesn’t carry risk? Freedom to travel, to make your own decisions, to serve people, or to serve a cause you care deeply about? Would you like to bring more joy to people?
If you said YES to any of the above, let’s get started carving out your new path!
I’ll show you how to launch your tribe, give you insider secrets of locking down deals, and help you build a community of people who will gladly travel with you.
If you’re ready for a better “next” in your life, pick up your copy of Traveling Tribes today.
“Hi Jeff, I just finished reading your amazing Traveling Tribes book! It was great and so full of the answers to my questions, asked and not yet thought of! Would recommend it to anyone thinking of putting traveling tribes together.” Sandi Sinicrope
Nobody proclaims to fellow first graders that they’re going to enter the promising career field of group travel. In fact, taking this a step further, I’d venture to say that the majority of the public doesn’t know what a Travel Tribe leader is or does. That’s okay, we’re here to change that!
If you’ve not traveled much in pre-formed groups, you may be wondering what is a Travel Tribe leader? In short, he or she is the inspirational and organizational leader of a flock of travelers. Often these groups travel with a common purpose – be it fun & games, spiritual, educational or enriching. In trusting a tribe leader, travelers don’t have to futz with the myriad of details that often suck the joy out of the travel experience.
Travel Tribe leaders orchestrate trips for their community or affinity group. They’re the ringleader who decides where the group is going to go and puts the pieces in place to make it happen.
What Are the Responsibilities?
Perhaps the most important responsibility is to cultivate travelers; without them this doesn’t go anywhere. You might not have 50 names in your back pocket waiting to travel with you tomorrow, but that’s okay. Tribes can start with as few as six people.
Some Travel Tribe leaders take responsibility for every aspect of sales, marketing, operations and financial accounting of their group trips. They recruit new travelers, take reservations, make deposits, secure bookings and travel with the group.
Other Travel Tribe leaders choose to work with professional tour operators who handle many of the logistical details of trip operations, while the Travel Tribe leader focuses their attention on recruiting travelers.
Characteristics of a Good Travel Tribe Leader
Here are four predominant personality traits that I’ve seen in successful Travel Tribe leaders.
1) Entrepreneurial – Must be willing to get up out of bed and make something out of nothing. To be able to see the forest through the trees. To be willing to pick up the phone when no one else will, to send that email at 6:02 a.m. or 6:02 p.m.
2) Salesperson – We’re not talking the used-car variety, but your success in this field is tantamount to convince people to spend time with you. You need to sell folks on your idea, your brand, your trip and why it’s better/unique/different. You need the fortitude to be able to stand up in front of an entire group – some of them friends, others strangers, when something goes wrong and assure them that things will get better.
3) Adventurous – You’re not the type of person who goes to the same cabin at the lake, the same week of every August for the last 30 years, satisfied kicking your feet up. Your best vacation is your next one and you check cities, states and countries off your bucket list like a gunslinger at the OK Corral.
4) Organized – What a hassle travel can be! From picking the perfect hotel at the best rate to juggling airline schedules, ground transportation delays and plotting out travel days so you’re experiencing a destination but not falling over from exhaustion.
Now, multiply that by 10-20-40 and you get the sense of what is needed to lead a successful travel tribe.
John & Mary Stachnik – Co-owners, Mayflower Tours, 1979-2018
Jeff Gayduk, a 30-year travel industry veteran, has published Leisure Group Travel magazine for the last two decades. He previously owned tour companies, worked in the cruise business and for an association of travel agencies. Nobody understands the group travel market like Jeff, and his insider knowledge and deep connections across the travel industry will help you discover this rich opportunity.