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How group tour operators save you money on group travel

Billie Cohen had a great article in The New York Times on Sunday called “How to Save on Group Travel.” I won’t lie to you. I read through it eagerly to see what she had to say about how group tour operators save you money on group travel.

But lo and behold, Billie didn’t mention group tour operators at all in her article. Now, not to be critical, but unless your group only needs flights or just hotel accommodations, it’s one of the best ways to save!

Best doesn’t always mean obvious though. It’s obvious to me because I’ve been a group tour operator for 30 years.¬†Frankly, more vacations are booked without group tour operators then with them.¬†And that’s simply because people just don’t realize that at the highest level, group tours provide the economies of scale at lower prices. But that’s what you have me for.

I didn’t want readers to miss out on how group tour operators help you save money. I left a comment on Billie’s article bulleting five ways group tour operators can help you save when planning a group trip. Jump over to article now and then read what I shared in my comment.

What are some ways you’ve saved money when traveling with group? I’d love to know. Leave a comment on this post.

Twitter yourself a great travel deal

Last week I touched upon how travel tweeting — by both the travelers themselves and the companies that get them on their way — has taken off in a big way.
A few weeks ago I commented on a story in USA Today about how travelers can use Twitter to snag some fast-moving travel deals. The article was fantastic, but in my comment, which has made it’s way to the top of the comment stack :) , I let readers in on some tips to further leverage Twitter to find those travel deals easier than ever before, such as hashtags, searches, and Twitter platforms. Have a look to find out more.
And if you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow us @FriendlyPlanet for the latest Friendly Planet Travel news and a peek behind the curtain at the Friendly Planet Travel office, as well as tips, tricks, and deals for traveling the world.
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A quick comment on Air India in the Washington Post

I was perusing the Washington Posts’ Travel Talk feature yesterday when I saw a question about our India trip!
Two soon-to-be-first-time Friendly Planeteers just booked their Taj Mahal Express trip, and wanted to know some more detail about Air India. This is a great question, since travelers will be spending a good 14 hours each way on an Air India flight.
Having just recently flown Air India myself, I commented on the article to hopefully give two of our newest members a better idea of the flights they’ll be taking. Take a look. If you’ve flown to India with Friendly Planet Travel, what was your experience like?

About Peggy

Peggy Goldman is a specialty tour operator and travel expert, who owns and operates Friendly Planet Travel, a full-service company that specializes in tour packages to exotic worldwide destinations at affordable prices.   More about Peggy

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