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Planners Talk Back: Hot Travel Trends

Brenda Hudkins 

Kent State University Alumni Association

Kent, Ohio 

Many of  our travelers are first-time travelers and prefer Europe, not only because the price is right, but because they consider the countries in Europe safe destinations.


Mary Beth Kurasek

Busey Bank  |  Busey Pillar Club

Champaign, Illinois

We have such success in ethnic neighborhood tours. We have access to Chicago, where the German, Irish, Chinese, Swedish, Greek and Polish neighborhoods offer terrific opportunities to experience food and culture. In St. Louis, we had a terrific tour of The Hill, their little Italy, and experienced a food demonstration and lunch and an organ recital at a church where a man sang in Italian.


Sandra McComb 

Glenwood State Bank  |  Heritage Club

Glenwood, Iowa

I just sold two different two-day mystery trips back-to-back. Each had 50 travelers, and both trips had waiting lists.

For us, mystery trips just continue to get more popular all the time, and I think that is because there is always something a little unusual and crazy involved, from touring a mousetrap factory to visiting a town where the Maharishi people build their homes facing east.

While we usually have a great show and perhaps casino time involved, it’s those hometown experiences and people, even from towns not so far away, that make these mystery trips fascinating and fun.