Olivia’s Top tips

Olivia in Vietnam. GTO Olivia Goodfellow offers her members a diverse travel programme that takes her members around the world. Based on her rich experiences, Olivia shares her top tips for organising group travel with Val Baynton. Olivia Goodfellow is GTO for Enfield Over 50s Forum and the scope of her annual travel programme –

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How German groups enjoy their British visits

Visitors from abroad enjoy the UK as group travellers, just as we do! Germans are amongst the most significant incoming groups and for this issue, Val Baynton investigates what German groups like to do when they are in Britain. She talks to two specialist incoming operators that help them with their plans, and German operators

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Tracey’s friendly trips

Residents of Merton are fortunate to have an enthusiastic GTO in their midst. Tracey Waterman, organiser of the outdoor activities programme for Age UK Merton, constructs an imaginative monthly itinerary offering exceptional value for her groups and with wide ranging appeal. Val Baynton discovers more. Tracey Waterman Tracey Waterman became connected to Age UK Merton

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Bringing solo travellers together

Val Baynton talks to Jackie Ring, Holidays and Trips Organiser for The Unattached Group in Surrey, and finds out how she has perfected the art of ‘mix and match’ group travel for singles. Jackie Ring Jackie Ring has been involved with The Unattached Group (T-U-G) for a decade and has always ‘organised things’. This has

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Bird watching trips

Birdwatching is arguably Britain’s most popular hobby; it’s certainly something that can be enjoyed by groups, and the experience enhanced by shared trips, as Val Baynton discovers by talking to the trip organisers of the RSPB North Staffs Local Group.   Ian Worden Hailing from the south coast and initially studying earth sciences because of

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Bon Voyage: A Trio of Group Cruising Fans

River and ocean cruising is an increasingly popular option for groups and, in this issue, Val Baynton talks to three GTOs whose groups enjoy cruising, to learn more about their experiences. Winnie Benford Winnie Benford helped establish the Fetcham U3A in Surrey in 2002 because the two existing local U3As were full. She was on

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Opening up trips for those with special travel needs

Val Baynton talks to GTOs who specialise in planning holidays for groups of people with a range of special personal needs. Alongside planning the usual elements of a day out or holiday  – transport, visits to attractions and destinations, accommodation and refreshments – GTOs working with groups of people who use wheelchairs, who require physical

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