Going on Faith

Summer 2017

The Magazine for faith-based travel planners.

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going on faith [ summer 2017 ] P eople travel for all sorts of reasons: great food, adven- ture, learning opportunities, relaxation, etc. But almost everyone who takes a trip is in search of one critical component: a good price. As a group travel planner, you can put together amaz- ing trips, but if the prices are too high, you will probably find that few people will sign up. This is especially true for churches, where the inclusive mission of a travel program makes it important for trips to be affordable to as many people in the congregation as possible. Much of the cost of tours is tied up in transportation and hotels, as well as fees charged by tour operators. There's only so much you can do to change these numbers. But even given the inherent costs involved in travel, there are plenty of strategies you can employ to keep your trips on budget. BY B R I A N J E W E L L T R I P S O N A B U D G E T TRAVEL CLOSE TO HOME. Trips to marquee destinations like New York City or the Holy Land may seem appealing, but that kind of travel can be expen- sive. If you're on a limited budget, and especially if you're just starting your travel program, you can save considerable money by taking trips to interesting destinations close to home. Day trips save you the cost of overnight accommodations, and two- or three-night trips to places within driving distance can help you build commu- nity and create fellowship in your church group without racking up significant travel expenses. 2) USE SMALLER VEHICLES. Traditionally, group travel has employed full-size motorcoaches, which can seat up to 55 passengers. This is a comfortable and convenient way to move a group but can come at a high price, sometimes $1,500 per day or more. If your group is smaller than 30 or 40 people, consider renting an executive coach, a shuttle bus or even a 15-passenger van to transport them. Your travelers may miss the luxury of the larger, more spacious coach, but they will appreciate the cost savings. HOW T O PLAN Here are 10 tips to make your church group trips affordable and still enjoyable.

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