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The Groups Today Blog includes unique personal perspectives on a multitude of topics relevant to group travel industry leaders, business owners and planners.

I am an extrovert. I like meeting new people and often make a point to do so while traveling, while out to dinner or even in the elevator. Meeting and talking with new people is, honestly, a favorite thing of mine. So gearing up for my first formal networking event, I put on my new black pumps and suit dress, made up my hair and makeup, and felt ready.

Maybe you're traveling and don't know what to pack. Maybe you're headed into the office, and don't know what to wear. Either way, having it all in your wardrobe doesn't require owning it all.

Delayed flights, cancellations, lost baggage ... While air travel is notorious for unpredictability, United States airlines canceled fewer flights and lost fewer bags in November 2016 than in any month in more than two decades.

Let's talk about the weather ... but this ain't no small talk! Weather is one of the unpredictable legs of a trip, and according to weather.com, the globe has been experiencing five weather events atypical for this time of year. From Mississippi Valley flooding to record-low snowfall and low-pressure centers off the southeast U.S. coast, the normally unpredictable weather has also been uncharacteristic.

After eight years in the White House, we all know that Barack Obama and Joe Biden are BFFs (best friends foreva!). Theirs is a bromance unlike any other. And now that these two are off the clock, there's no better time for some quality bonding on vacation. Here are prime brocation destinations for our former leaders.

Recent Blogs

What's on the Horizon? Generation Z Travel Trends

Millennials better make some room in that plane, train or automobile: Generation Z is beginning to enter the travel scene. Consisting of people born in the late 1990s to 2010s, they have grown up in a connected and instantaneous environment. They're adaptive and technologically savvy global citizens with aspirations to change the world.

And they want to see the world, too.

Natural Disasters and Tourism

The recent hurricanes in the United States and the Caribbean, the earthquake in Mexico, and floods occurring in parts of Europe ought to serve once again to remind us that much of the tourism industry is dependent on Mother Nature. Although we tend to focus tourism security more on human actions such as terrorism or crime, these acts of nature are as or often even more deadly than acts perpetrated by humans.

It’s Getting Hot in Here: Brand Activism in Diverse Political Climates

West Michigan was unseasonably warm last month.

I was beginning to think sweating was my new way of life.

The weather certainly seems to be symbolic of where we are as a country right now—chaotic, confused and heated.