With the holidays coming up, there’s no better way to get your group members in the traveling spirit than by hosting a festive get-together. Read on to discover our top tips for making your next recruitment meeting or pre-tour party merry.
Send invites early
This time of year can get pretty busy, so whether you’re planning a recruitment meeting or pre-departure party, make sure to send out your invitations well in advance.
Embrace local culture
Turn your gathering into a celebration by taking inspiration from your destination country’s holiday traditions. Traveling to Italy? Serve seafood in honor of La Vigilia, a Christmas Eve feast that typically consists of several fish dishes.
Set up a swap
Arrange a gift exchange and trade travel-related trinkets with your group members. Or, theme it around a region you’ll be exploring on tour. If you’re headed to France, why not make your swap all about wine?
Plan an activity
Decorate cookies, pop in a holiday classic for movie night, or play a round of travel-themed Twenty Questions to help bring potential recruits and currently booked travelers together.
Give a homemade gift
For a fun DIY project, make ornaments with your tour’s name and departure date. Then, hand them out to each of your group members at your next meeting as a party favor. If you’re looking for some design inspiration, check out this Pinterest board.
Mail season’s greetings
Spread cheer by sending out holiday cards to your travelers. Write a note sharing what you’re most looking forward to doing or seeing on tour to get them excited about going.
Master regional recipes
Learn how to prepare traditional dishes from your destination—or if cooking isn’t your strong suit, find a restaurant nearby that specializes in the region’s cuisine—and host a dinner for your group.
Lend your group members a helping hand with this year’s shopping. Share our holiday gift guide to pass on ideas for presents that will make every type of traveler happy.
Don’t see your favorite tip on the list? Help out other Group Coordinators by commenting below and sharing how you bring cheer to your pre-tour meetings!