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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.

United Kingdom citizens—despite their love for America as a tourist destination—lack general knowledge about the United States. A recent survey discovered that 61 percent of people from Southampton thought Washington, D.C., was the capital of Washington. A quarter of Cambridge thought Kim Kardashian's father was a former president of the United States. A quarter of citizens under the age of 25 credited the Declaration of Independence to John F. Kennedy.

My first venture out to New York City as one of the newest additions to the Groups Today family was a lovely, eventful and sweaty time. After enduring an excruciatingly hot summer in Manhattan a few years ago, I jokingly (but seriously) said that I would never go back to New York City during the month of July ever again. I guess the joke is on me! All kidding aside, New York has always held a very special place in my heart, so I was beyond thrilled to learn that the territory I was taking over for Tim Compton included The Big Apple.

INSIGHT WANTED: Groups Today seeks your input for our upcoming Travel Trends report. What trends are you seeing in the group travel industry? Where are you headed—and how are you getting there? What's making an impression on your clients and your business? Tell us what's on the group travel horizon, and how it's motivating you!

The American Bus Association recently published an article on autonomous buses in ABA Insider. "Recently we all watched as Daimler Buses put its autonomous city bus into a real-time traffic loop—driving a 12-plus mile route in Amsterdam," Melanie Hinton writes.

As exciting as traveling is, sometimes the only way to get to a destination is on a 10-hour, 14-hour, 16-hour flight. With no escape, planes can sometimes feel nothing short of captivity. The bad news? There's usually a return trip, too. Here are five tips for surviving long-haul flights.

Recent Blogs

In Defense of Emojis

I may be a mid-20s milliennial, but I think I jumped on the emoji bandwagon a little later than most humans my age. I'm a writer, so my gut feelings toward anything destroying the written word aren't exactly warm and fuzzy. The Oxford English Dictionary named "emoji" 2015's word of the year, and that wasn't cool.

5 Tips to Make Networking Less Scary and More Successful

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.

Build Your Capsule Wardrobe

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.