Archive | February 2016

Meet The World in Person with Visit.org

 

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We are very pleased to welcome Visit.org as another fantastic selection of exceptional travel experiences for our members.  As with all of our travel offers, we do not earn any fees or commissions on sales or booking and do not charge any travel business for any of our services.  This is our latest service to our members….

Based in NYC and founded in early 2015, Visit.org  is a technology platform for curated travel experiences offered by nonprofits around the globe.Travelers use Visit.org to add half-to multi-day immersive experiences to their itinerary, and revenues are channeled back to the local community through the host organizations

Visit.org is an online platform that enables travelers to find and book short, guided tours given by social impact organizations (nonprofits, social businesses, community-based associations) around the world. Travelers add unique local experiences to their existing travel itineraries; organizations raise funds and awareness for their cause. We promote these tours to travelers, students, individual donors, corporate groups, nonprofit professionals, and other individuals and groups.

Mission

To enhance the mission of great social organizations and increase public knowledge of and engagement with society’s needs by facilitating mutually beneficial, in-person encounters between people and communities around the world.

Visits

Each organization (“org”) offers a tour that is unique to its rich history, mission, expertise, and surroundings, while respecting local norms and community members’ dignity. Tours usually include one or more of the following, depending on the specific context of the organization: (1) a presentation of the org’s work, (2) interaction with the community (no interaction with children or other vulnerable population), (3) professional workshops led by community members or staff.

Vision

A humanity respectful of one another and inspired to take action to make the world a better place.

Who We are

We have worked in nonprofit organizations and top international development agencies around the world and realized that rather than sites and landscapes, the long lasting memories we take home from our work-related trips are the simple human connections we manage to develop over short periods of time when working with local community based organizations. We are building visit.org so that our friends, families, and anyone intrigued by human relationships can enjoy similar experiences when they travel around the world.

Our Vetting Criteria

We feature tours that benefit communities. Visits featured on visit.org should:

  • Run with the involvement and consent of local communities
  • Reinvest proceeds back into the community through projects or a shared profit model
  • Be short in duration (a couple of hours to a couple of days)
  • Keep visitor groups small to minimize cultural and environmental impact
  • Respect cultural traditions and social structures
  • Brief visitors before the trip on appropriate behavior
  • Abstain from burdening local populations or expecting them to perform/publicize traditions or ceremonies
  • Prevent interaction with particularly vulnerable populations, including children
  • Be environmentally sustainable
  • Be appropriate for individual and/ or small groups
  • Include meaningful and respectful interaction with members of the community if and when appropriate
  • Make visitor safety the top priority and comply with visit.org’s Safety & Security Rules

Happy Trails, Traveller.

 

 

Quality Experiences with GuideAdvisor.com

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We are pleased to announce another new Partnership that will greatly enhance the travel experiences of many of our members, their families and their friends.

With direct links to guides in thousands of locations where you can plan, explore, imagine and experience a true ‘travel insider’ approach to your favourite destination or activity.

This new partnership offers a superb service to our members but is also open to non-members as we are promoting this as a global service to travellers.

As with all of our direct links to thousands of travel offers…we do not earn any fees, commissions or click charges…. we want you to find the unique travel businesses that may not normally be found in a retail environment or travel mega site that abound in the crazy world of the travel web.

GuideAdvisor.com is a welcome travel enhancement and we invite you to check them out and take a quick peek at their staff pics….exciting stuff….and in their own words……………

At GuideAdvisor we believe that the relationship between guides and travelers is as important to the travel experience as the location and activity are. By building the most comprehensive listing of tour and adventure guides on the planet, we aim to connect guides and travelers so they can create the best experiences in the world together.

Happy Trails, Traveller.

TourismTiger for Travel Operators

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Exciting news! The Top Travel Club has partnered with TourismTiger: the #1 website design company on the market for tour and activity operators. Why is this so exciting?

Well, as you know, when you are registered with The Top Travel Club, customers are redirected to your site to complete bookings — and nothing will give a worse impression of your business than a poorly designed website.That’s where TourismTiger comes in: they will design a site that will create a perfect user experience for anyone viewing your site. From the word go, your customers will know that they are in professional hands — and that they are in for a great time.

While TourismTiger is already one of the cheaper web design companies around, they are willing to offer The Top Travel Club members a truly unbeatable exclusive discount. Check it out here.

Happy Trails, Traveller