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Planners Talk Back: Exotic Group Trips

Travel Planners respond to our query, “What is the most exotic group trip you’ve taken?”


Vickie Bennett

First Bank and Trust Lubbock

Lubbock, Texas

I loved Baddeck in Nova Scotia. We attended the Baddeck Gathering Ceilidhs both nights we were there. The experience was so interesting. You don’t clap your hands, but stomp your feet.

Everything is so clean there with no litter, and the colors are so vivid and beautiful. The entire trip was fantastic.


Kay Estep

F&M Trust Company | Go Club

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

My most exotic trip was definitely the “Spectacular South Africa” tour. I loved going on a safari, as well as a jeep ride into the wild. The culture there is made up of haves and have-nots, which made me thankful for my life in the U.S.A.



Melinda Hughey

The RH Factor

Pulaski, Tennessee

That would be a toss-up among Croatia, Turkey and Russia. All of them were visited by my groups on separate European cruise itineraries, and all were stark reminders that we “weren’t in Kansas anymore.”

Making our way through the bazaar in Kusadasi, Turkey, was quite the adventure as we dodged the very aggressive vendors. On a more positive note, the opportunity to visit Ephesus and soak in history of biblical proportions was unforgettable.



Rhonda Winters

United Bank and Trust  |  Premier Members

Georgetown, Kentucky

It was a Greek islands cruise. The food on the cruise ship was definitely different. When announcements were made, English was the last language you would hear. I definitely was not accustomed to that.

The islands we visited were beautiful Santorini, with the white buildings and blue roofs, then Mykonos and Rhodes. The final destination was Dubrovnick, Croatia, with the 1,000-year-old protective wall.


Kevin Butler

American National Bank  | Eagle Travel Club

Ardmore, Oklahoma

Costa Rica would be my answer. The country is so diverse, from rain forest to the ocean, but all within a very manageable travel time. Our group ziplined above the rain forest canopy and snorkeled while on a catamaran sunset cruise.

I’ve found as long as we are somewhat educated in the differences of any foreign culture, then we can adapt so it is an enjoyable experience. Costa Rica is a beautiful country full of very welcoming, friendly people.