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We’re excited to announce that we’ve relaunched our Ambassador program! We invited our new crop of Ambassadors, who are Group Coordinators, into the Boston office to celebrate the occasion. Keep reading to learn about the new program and find out what our Ambassadors got up to during their trip. We relaunched our Ambassador program to reward travelers who love spreading the word about Go Ahead Tours. Our first group of Ambassadors (who are also Group Coordinators) eat, sleep, dream travel, and they’re using this passion to inspire more people to discover the world with Go Ahead Tours. On top of recruiting travelers for their tours, Ambassadors will take on additional responsibilities to help grow the Group Travel Program. They’ll refer new Group Coordinators or individual travelers, advocate for Go Ahead Tours on social media and in their community, and earn Global Points for mentoring fellow Group Coordinators. (P.S.—Even if you’re not an Ambassador, you can still earn extra Global Points through the Group Coordinator Referral Program.) The Ambassadors also attended info sessions led by Go Ahead Tours staff members while they were at the Boston office. These sessions covered everything from how to talk about Go Ahead Tours with your travelers, to how to recruit new group members. Meet a few of our Ambassadors and see what they learned during the Ambassador weekend! “I got some great tips about language to use when promoting our trips with Go Ahead Tours. For me, my biggest takeaway was how to talk about the things that add value to our tours. I learned that I should highlight that all details are handled by Go Ahead Tours, all tours come with local guides and an expert Tour Director, and Go Ahead Tours handles emergencies and any itinerary changes due to world events. We should be showing travelers they only need to pack their bags and get to the airport!” —Kelly G., Group Coordinator “When it comes to being a successful, positive mentor, I learned the importance of asking questions to find out what the mentee needs. Actively listen and offer actionable solutions and timetables to help the Group Coordinator you’re mentoring. Following up with them is equally important. Find out what worked and what still is showing up as an obstacle so you can keep the encouragement and ideas flowing.” — Carol M., Group Coordinator “I came away from the weekend with the confidence to introduce Go Ahead Tours in many of my everyday situations. For example, if I am in a line or on a plane and I chat with people about travel, I now say ‘I would love to help you to travel the world. Do you have a group of friends that would be interested in traveling with you? Let me show you how you can earn yourself a free trip and see the world!’ After the weekend in Boston, I have a new confidence and motivation to do more promoting!” —Denise F., Group Coordinator Interested in learning more about our Ambassador program? Call your Tour Consultant today!
If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then these traveler photos and reviews from Puglia, Italy, have an unforgettable story to tell. Read on to hear about (and see!) some of the best traveler moments from our Puglia & Southern Italy tour. Photo and review by Club Go Globetrotter Clifford M. “… While each and every Go Ahead Tour was absolutely spectacular in every way, this Southern Italy/Puglia itinerary is positively Number 1. Every aspect was a 5-star experience. The off-the-beaten-path locations, which many travelers never get to see, allowing access to the true Italy, were probably the second-best feature of the trip. … The absolute BEST aspect of this particular tour was, beyond any doubt, our Tour Director LINDA. Our group consisted of more than a dozen travelers, many with special requests along the way, and Linda accommodated every single one of them. And she did this with professionalism and a smile. This is how it adds up: Puglia + Linda + bus and accommodation comfort + the food + the comfortable pace = an out-of-this-world experience!” Photo and review by Club Go Globetrotter Penny M. “This tour managed to provide wondrous surprises both in sights and great meals. Some of the places were just so magnificent. The trulli and the sassi were remarkable to see. This was a strenuous tour, but surely worth it. Great photos, times, and friends.” Photo and review by Club Go Trailblazer Patricia W. “Vicky was a great guide who showed us the unique towns that compose the area, and some are UNESCO sites. Our small group enjoyed some of our free time together. We shared Italian cuisine, from simple bruschetta to 5-course meals with 3 different wines under the full moon in a colorful farm house. …” Photo and review by Club Go Trailblazer Patricia W. “EXCEPTIONAL TOUR!” Photo and review by Club Go Explorer Irene W. “We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Puglia, as well as our first two nights in Napoli. Great accommodations throughout the stay, the optional excursions were all very enjoyable, and the local restaurant meals were super. For optional excursions, we especially enjoyed our pasta making night at a farmhouse in the countryside and the olive oil tasting. What fun for everyone! The area is lovely, and different from other areas of Italy we have visited in the past. The ‘sassi’ caves in Matera and the ‘trulli’ houses in Alberobello were places I had looked forward to seeing for years. But there are many more nice surprises in Puglia too! This was my sixth tour with Go Ahead, my husband’s fourth. I’m already thinking ahead to our next trip.” Photo and review by Club Go Trailblazer Patricia W. “… The pace was just right—group time followed by free time. This region is less touristy as of now. Free time to spa, indulge, shop, swim in the Adriatic, and explore Greek temples in Paestum!!” Photo and review by Club Go Trailblazer Madeleine S. “… Linda was our Tour Director and you could not have found anyone more capable than she. … The tour itself was simply amazing. It’s a part of Italy that most do not know about and it was so nice not having to deal with hoards of tourists … Alberobello and Matera were awesome, and I myself have just finished reading the book suggested by our tour guide in Matera, ‘Christ Stopped at Eboli.’ All in all it was a super trip and to be quite honest we would love to do it all over again.” Photo and review by Club Go Explore Martin A. “This was another wonderful tour with Go Ahead. It was a good mixture of history, culture, eating, and beauty. Seeing Alberobello and Matera was like being in a time warp. This was our second visit to an agriturismo. It was a magnificent experience. Go Ahead seems to find very fine Tour Directors and local guides. Highly recommended trip.” Photo and review by Club Go Trailblazer Susan T. “… I was kept up-to-date with my financial account and learned exactly when I would receive details about flights and hotels. We even knew our Tour Director’s name and travel mates’ names before leaving home. Any concerns about health and safety were addressed and consoled satisfactorily. No problems with any of those concerns occurred at all. I was wowed with a feast for the eyes and palate. All the excursions were engaging and local guides were interestingly knowledgeable and intuitive. Twice we were led into shops that prepared delicious food tastings for us. Looking back on our 2,000 photos makes my heart skip a beat thinking about the experiences I had in Puglia. … I never expected to have such a fabulous trip, and I never will forget it.” Photo and review by Club Go Trailblazer Patricia S. “This trip was an amazing experience with our wonderful Tour Director Carla. She was attentive to everyone and helped us from answering questions to arranging special meals. We had 20 in our group and that made the tour size perfect. There is so much to see and do on this tour that you have to see it all. From Matera, Lecce, and Aberobello you walk back in history and quaint towns. … Our driver Pasquale was wonderful and did some amazing driving. This trip should be on everyone’s bucket list. …” What’s one of your favorite travel memories? Tell us in the comments, and keep your eyes peeled for next month’s highlight reel of traveler reviews!