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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.

Tuesday, November 8, is Election Day. Will you be traveling? If you won't be able to make it to the polls on Election Day because of a tour or business trip, many states allow voters to vote in person before Election Day.

Believe it or not, your smartphone may be your best tool for planning, organizing and executing a fantastic group tour. From planning your itinerary to planning for the weather, here are six ways you could use your smartphone in group travel.

Small, specialized group tours—such as tours in the adventure tourism, ecotourism, ethnotourism and other niches—are a quickly emerging market. Travelers are searching for group experiences that are more sustainable, social, affordable and fundamentally transformative. Small group tours in this market offer several benefits for the traveler and the community he or she visits.

When traveling, it's likely that you'll hit a lot of restaurants, convenience and grocery stories, or fast-food places. All great options, but they tend to offer larger portions. When eating away from home, it's easy to eat or drink too many calories—and larger helpings could increase your intake of saturated fat, sodium and added sugars. Here are a few options for making healthier choices while traveling.

With long hours in transit, cramped cabins and drastic temperature changes, dressing for travel isn't always easy. Here are five essential items to make your travel more comfortable and convenient.

Recent Blogs

This Wouldn't Look Better as a Lake

"Wouldn't this look better as a lake?"

I was staring out into Yosemite Valley. Half Dome and El Capitan loomed in the distance—two natural landmarks accomplishing what I thought impossible: Make the giant sequoias gathered below look small.

"What?" I turned to the man standing next to me.

"A joke," he said. "Someone once thought this valley would make a great lake."

Get Your Kicks on ... Route 50?

Route 66 sure gets a lot of hype, but have you sent groups along U.S. Route 50 lately? Probably not. In July 1986, Life magazine dubbed the Nevada portion, "The Loneliest Road in America." And yet, from rural mountain ranges to desolate deserts and miles upon miles of rich farmland, Route 50 stretches across 3,073 miles from Ocean City, Maryland to Sacramento, California. It spans 12 states and links four state capitals—offering the most complete cross-sectional journey along the United States midriff.

OMG Experiences (a.k.a. Millennial Travel Trends)

Millennials are one of the largest generations in history (larger, even, than the baby boomers)—and they're entering their prime spending years. Born between 1982 and 1999, millennials were raised on the Internet, fostering a global awareness and an inherent interest in travel. But what are these young travelers looking for? The Millennial Traveler Report conducted by Expedia and Future Foundation discovered a few key generational characteristics.