Dimensions of Luxury Travel that every educational center of excellence should know

06 · Jun · 2022

The Transformational Travel Council, founded in 2016, defines ‘transformational’ travel as a way of «traveling with the purpose of learning and growing in new ways of being and engaging with the world». Have you ever stopped to think how the students feel  about offering them the same type of trip? You wonder how you can change that significantly by giving them a better chance?

Quality does not matter, quantity prevails. The steps to supervise procedures and the execution of the trip often become a tedious job that takes away time and effort that you could dedicate to other tasks more aligned with your skill.

I find a very visual way of approaching the relationships that exist between travel, luxury and the positive transformation of the  people who do it, using the idea of the three worlds of Karl Popper  (Austro-British philosopher, 1978).

If you transfer these worlds to the universe of luxury travel as a positive transformation of the people who do it:

  • World 1 would be the luxury, the goods and services that are enjoyed during the trip;
  • In World 2 there would be individual emotions and thoughts, needs, desires, perceptions;
  • World 3 would be knowledge, the change that  is experienced in contact with another culture, with the social, the  learning that we acquire.
In this blog post we will talk about the first material dimension of the journey

MATERIAL DIMENSION OF TRAVEL: HOW TO ORGANIZE A MAXIMUM SUCCESSFUL TRIP

Luxury is often associated with high prices, this post aims to help you understand luxury as relevant and exclusive experiences, ultimately quality and not price. The first thing is to eliminate the limiting beliefs for example:

LUXURY IS FOR WEALTHY ENTREPRENEURS

LUXURY IS NOT ACCESSIBLE TO FAMILIES

YOU CAN HAVE LUXURY PACKAGED

To be honest, the most important pillar of luxury is excellence that allows you to experience, live and feel  destinations in a different way. The pursuit of excellence is what makes something luxurious regardless of its value, thus demystifying the idea that luxury is always the most expensive and is only for the few.

LUXURY = EXCELLENCE

THE BIG LIE ABOUT LUXURY TRAVELFOR EDUCATIONAL CENTERS IS:

That The Student Is Not The Right Traveler For This Sector Because “Luxury Is Expensive And They Will Not Know How To Appreciate It”

Two trails opened in the forest and I…

I took the one less traveled by.

And that has made all the difference…

Robert Frost, American poet, wrote in his poem «The Road Not Token»

We know what it takes to organize a trip with attention to detail.

Organizing a trip for a group of excited and expectant students can make you feel overwhelmed with so much information and management to do.

If you have decided the destination, it is possible that there is a lot of information about the country that you do not know and that is key when  organizing the trip, such as:

  • The best time to live the experience you are looking for in that country.
  • The process to manage necessary documentation in official organizations (immigration, visas, insurance, specific requests in establishments, etc.)
  • How to make reservations for transport, shows, restaurants and select the ones that best suit the group.
  • Having a network of local contacts to get special  services.
  • Have knowledge of the terrain: things to do, where to go,  what to visit, aspects of cultural intermediation, how to move, how to select the appropriate hotel establishment, hours, currency, etc.

All of this can make us feel frustrated and overwhelmed by the whole range of possibilities. No matter how much time you dedicate, there may be a lot of insecurity in the planning of the itinerary, in the scheduling of activities…This causes great uncertainty and an overwhelming  feeling in the face of the many steps that need to be done and the time that this implies.

We want to give you 5 REASONS why we advise you to delegate a personalized design of the trip you are looking for to trusted local experts:

  1. You will reduce your stress and free yourself from a heavy workload. The key is not to complicate your life if you don’t have to.

  1. You will improve the well-being of your students and personalize the trip 100%. You will offer a luxury and exclusive trip that will respond to individual expectations.

  1. You will offer a luxury and exclusive trip that will respond to individual expectations.

  1. You will make your time profitable by delegating the management of  the process in local expert hands, achieving greater peace of mind.

  1. You will improve the image of your educational center, creating with these trips a distinctive seal.

It is important that you remember this:

SIMPLIFIES

ENJOY YOUR TIME

DIFFERENTIATE YOURSELF, YOU ARE NOT THE OTHER ONE


WHY YOU SHOULD AVOID PACKAGED TRIPS

Because we don’t all like fish, right? Look for a team of experts in luxury travel for educational centers that knows how to organize experiences adapted to the philosophy of your center, to the personal characteristics of each person in the group such as food intolerances, disabilities or psychophysical limitations, phobias, etc. and the motivational and thematic particularities for which it is decided to have this experience: soccer sports stage; literary trip; language trip; cultural/academic trip; leisure trip; etc. The trip should be built according to its thematic purpose. At all times the group must be accompanied by a collaborator who helps in any aspect or circumstance  of the process. That is excellence, that is exclusivity, that is luxury, flee from ready-made trips and select something of more value and sophistication.

WHY THE KEY IS IN TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEYS

The trip must be constructed so that it is an experience of positive personal transformation for the students, beyond the “tourist consumption”, something that they are wanting to tell and relive. A different opportunity for learning and improvement, getting the best version of themselves, because the opposite. 

WHY MAKE SURE YOU HAVE CLEAR AND CONTINUOUS COMMUNICATION WITH THE TRIP ORGANIZERS

It is very important that the head of the center is aware of the entire design and management process before and during the trip to make sure that everything is being carried out according to the proposals  that have been made and to be able to modify things in the planning if desired.

WHY LOOK FOR THE BEST OPTION FOR THE GROUP TO STRENGTHEN  BONDS OF BROTHERHOOD BETWEEN THEM, THEIR FAMILIES AND DURING THE TRIP

Because the trip must go beyond a group without more. One value when selecting who will design a trip for you would be to offer parents to join the experience of their children, thus giving them the opportunity to reinforce family ties through the center’s travel proposals.

It is important to remember that the total value of the trip is determined using the four elements:

PERSONALIZATION, EXCLUSIVITY, PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION AND FAMILY

In a world oversaturated with objects, luxury is related to the intangible: time and experiences. The experiences in this type of trip are highly personalized and become unique and special, reflecting that great value. Above all, they are proposals that offer maximum comfort so that the person who enjoys them does not have the slightest problem.

Individuality, lived from your experiential perspective, tells us that being knowledgeable is more important than having money. It is a way of seeing things and understanding the product, not of what it costs. Memories of those experiences are more valuable than objects.

The transformational journey must change perspectives, unleash imagination, inspire understanding, and cultivate empathy. «Personal transformation results in global transformation».

Educational centers that are aware of these advantages offer their students the possibility of changing their lives through this type of international travel, also providing them with a plus of excellence and personalization. You have to adapt to the times, even go further, always innovating and improving existing proposals, offering something more and better.


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