When you come home from a trip the focus is very much on getting back to familiar comforts and routines. But, after some time has passed and you’ve had an opportunity to put the homecoming behind you, you can begin to absorb the experience you had traveling. You will likely feel a desire to return to the exciting and life-changing experiences and to the people you shared it with.
Recently, one of our tour groups to Italy assembled for a POST-TRIP REUNION. They bantered around inside jokes, caught up on life, shared photos, favorite moments, and then ate together.
A post-trip reunion is a brilliant idea that we highly recommend to our tour groups as a way to celebrate the memories and make new ones.
Think you might like to take advantage of this when your tour group returns home? Here are some fun ideas you can implement:
Consider having food from the region you visited. You can do catered, meet at a restaurant, or host a potluck. This travel group to Italy reminisced over Parmesan cheese, prosciutto and ham, and truffle butter that were memorable highlights from the tour. With Niteo Tours, food is definitely going to feature prominently!
Set aside a focused time to share a favorite moment. People will naturally talk in couples and in small groups, but it is extra special when the whole group can participate in a conversation.
Share photos and video. There is nothing that jogs the memory like a visual. Have someone in the group put together a special highlight video that can be shared and distributed, or tell everyone to bring their favorite photos to pass around.
Invite people to bring a favorite travel purchase/keepsake and share the story or meaning behind the selection (For more ideas on traveling keepsakes and their meanings, link to this blog).
Set the tone with music and decorating. Is there a style of music that takes you right back to the cafes or market squares? Colors? Themes? Create a mood.
Make future plans together. Travel groups have a way of building deep friendships. If there is someone from the tour you really connected with consider finding a way to continue the relationship. In addition to keeping up with regular life, you may want to plan to travel together again in the future!
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What ideas would you implement into a post-trip reunion?