Enhance Your Experience With Group Travel

Enhance Your Experience With Group Travel

By Barb Colehour, Hills Bank and Trust Company, Linn County LIVING WELL Magazine

Planning a trip today, especially internationally, can be confusing, time consuming and even intimidating. Choosing group travel can eliminate a lot of stress and provide an opportunity to save money, eliminate travel frustrations and meet new friends. With group travel you have a travel guide. You can spend more time enjoying the scenery of your destination rather than managing the logistics of the trip. Your guide will also help you navigate the cultural divide. They are able to help with currency, culture, food and language barriers.

Benefits of Group Travel
Get the Most for Your Money – Strong working relationships with travel suppliers enable travel groups to access the most up-to-date information on how to get you the best value and plan your trip in a timely manner. Traveling with a group also allows for reduced rates on airfare, hotel and destination sites.

Save Time – Have you been spending hours searching websites looking for the best price on a trip? With group travel, there’s no searching for event tickets or transportation. Itineraries are arranged so you can get the most out of your trip. Let someone else worry about when and where you need to be and what time you need to be there. All you have to do is show up!

Traveler Advocates – Your best interests are the priority. Your trip will be planned and arranged to ensure you are having the most wonderful experience possible. Your guide will work with the airlines, hotels and transportation to ensure you are getting the premium service you deserve. Guides will also assist you should problems arise so you don’t have to handle them by yourself.

Group Travel is FUN! – You will meet new friends and travel with others who are looking to experience the exotic and exciting locations just like you! You will be able to share the experience, meet new friends, travel with family groups, and create lasting memories. If you are single or don’t want to travel alone, group travel arrangements offer the security and safety of being with others during your trip.

The Friends Club at Hills Bank is experienced in arranging interesting trips to exotic locations. We are excited to announce a trip to Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong River March 4-20, 2013.

If you are over 50 you are eligible to be part of this exciting adventure when you become a member of the Friends Club. It’s easy and opens a world of travel opportunities both internationally and domestically, including one-day excursions close to home. This fall, we travel to Mason City to see the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright; to Chicago to experience Greek history, art and culture at the National Hellenic Museum; to the Deep South for the 150th commemoration of Sherman’s March and more.

Like what you have heard so far? Do what your friends are doing – join the Friends Club!
For more information, speak to a Friends Club representative at any Hills Bank location.

Barb Colehour, Hills Bank Friends Club coordinator, may be reached at 319-866-7004, or visit www.hillsbankfriendsclub.com for more information.