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I think 10xTravel was in business for all of 3 days before we were asked about putting together international trips exclusively for our readers.
This question used to appear in my inbox at least once a month. Then as 10xT continued to grow I started seeing it once a week, then once a day, and then almost hourly.
Believe me, the interest is mutual. 10xTravel has wanted to host international trips for our readers for a long time too.
It’s one thing to host Reader Meetups across the country or our annual weekend bash in Vegas. Just ask anyone who has ever attended one, they’re an absolute blast.
But to take a multi-day international trip with a group of people who share your passion for travel & points would take things to an entirely different level.
Amazing travel experiences will be had. New friends will be introduced. Lifelong memories made.
And all of this will happen without the usual time and stress that goes into planning a major international getaway with a group of friends.
You’ve asked, we’ve listened, and today we are thrilled to announce that 10xTravel Trips are finally happening.
We have teamed up with TrovaTrip to offer 5 trips exclusively to 10xT Readers over the next 18 months. Here are the details:
- Greece – August 21 – 28, 2021
- Bali – September 13- 20, 2021
- Iceland – January 15-21, 2022
- New Zealand – February 4-12, 2022
- The Galapagos – May 7-15, 2022
These locations and dates were chosen based on the results of last month’s survey, which received an overwhelmingly positive response from thousands of our readers (a big thanks to all who participated!).
Each trip is ~7-8 days long, not including travel time, and can accommodate approximately 10-20 people. All travelers must be 18 years of age or older.
Specific details for each trip itinerary will be released when reservations open on Friday at 2pm EST.
Feel free to book with friends or travel solo if you like. Meeting others while on the trip is part of the fun!
The cost of each trip varies by location and reservations will be offered on a first come, first served basis.
All trips will open for reservations on Friday, November 13th, at 2pm EST.
One flat price covers almost everything you’ll need, other than international airfare (which you’ll probably book using points & miles anyway).
Each trip includes accommodations, ground transportation, daily activities, a local guide, a handful of meals, and more.
All you have to do is show up at the airport and we will take care of the rest.
Included accommodations are two travelers per room with private bathrooms, but you may also request your own room if you like (small additional charge may apply). You can also choose your roommates if you happen to be traveling with friends.
While I would have loved to build these itineraries around hotels that can be booked with points, it just wasn’t realistic given the length of the trip and the desired locations. Award stays are cool, but not when they require you to alter an otherwise great travel itinerary.
You can read more about what’s included by visiting the FAQ page.
Each itinerary is operated by certified tour operators and includes a guide for the entire trip.
The itineraries vary by location, but are all designed to have a good balance between structured activities and free time to travel and explore at your own pace. Giving you the ability to choose your own level of activity and socialization throughout the trip.
10xTravel will help connect you with everyone on your trip prior to departure so you can get to know each other before you depart. We also will be putting together “swag boxes” for all trip participants filled with gear and goodies to help you get ready for your trip.
Oh, and you can expect at least one member of the 10xT team to join you on each of these itineraries. We wouldn’t want to miss out on the fun!
The pricing for these trips can be found below:
- Greece – $3,995 (Early Bird Price: $3,895)
- Bali – $1,895 (Early Bird Price: $1,795)
- Iceland – $3,195 (Early Bird Price: $3,095)
- New Zealand – $3,095 (Early Bird Price: $2,995)
- The Galapagos – $3,595 (Early Bird Price: $3,495)
The early bird price applies to the first 8 reservations made for each trip (First 10 for the New Zealand trip).
A down payment of 25% of the price of the trip is required at booking. This down payment is refundable until your spot is confirmed, at which point the payment becomes non-refundable (though there are some additional considerations related to COVID-19, more details below).
The remaining balance will be charged 60 days prior to trip departure. If you book within 60 days of departure the entire amount will be charged upon booking.
All payments become 100% non refundable within 60 days of departure.
What About COVID-19?
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room, COVID-19.
Our hope is that the impact of COVID-19 on the travel world will be significantly diminished by the time these trips occur (remember, the first one is not until next August) but we are taking every precaution just in case.
All trips are evaluated 120 days prior to departure. If it is determined that a trip must be canceled due to Covid-19, we will work to reschedule and provide new trip dates at least 90 days prior to departure (before the trip balance is due).
If the rescheduled dates don’t work for you, we can provide a credit for the total amount paid to be used on a future departure through 2022.
If you already paid your total balance, we can offer a refund of your balance payment and a credit for your down payment to be used on a future departure through 2022.
Lastly, if a trip is still on as planned but you don’t feel comfortable traveling due to COVID-19, we can offer a credit for your down payment minus $100 that can be used on any future trip through 2022.
Who is TrovaTrip?
TrovaTrip is a travel platform based in Portland, Oregon and they help put together trips for communities like 10xTravel. They are experts at what they do, having organized dozens of trips similar to the ones being offered to 10xT Readers.
TrovaTrip will be handling the “back end” aspects of the trips including booking, payment processing, cancellation, customer service, pre-trip communications, etc.
So it’s not as if you are venmoing money to your friend for your portion of the trip and hoping they don’t lose it. You can relax knowing that everything is being handled by professionals.
When Can I Book?
We will be accepting reservations for all 5 trips beginning on Friday, November 13th, at 2pm EST.
Reservations are first come, first served and can be made by visiting the booking page of the trip you wish to take (which will be made available when reservations open for booking).
If a trip sells out you can join the waitlist to be notified if a spot opens.
This is the first time that we have put together trips like this so we have no idea what to expect. Some might sell out quickly, others might not.
The only way you can guarantee your spot is to complete your reservation and make your down payment before the trip sells out. And of course you will save $100 on the itinerary if you are one of the first 8-10 people to do so for a particular trip.
We at 10xT are absolutely thrilled to finally be able to offer these trips to our readers, and even more excited to take these trips with you!
Hope to see you in Greece, Bali, Iceland, New Zealand, or The Galapagos!
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