|George Baggott |
Canyonlands National Park
We had the best time! Having now done a couple of successful trips, I was thinking that people might benefit from my top 5 tips for destination event planning.
1. Pick a place that is easy for your guests to reach. Find places that are centrally located, that you can travel to by car, a place close to home or close to airports. The more remote the location, the higher the hurdle for your invited guests to join you. When I chose Moab, I knew that its location would make it more difficult for my friends to join. I tried to make traveling there easier by pairing up people who had similar travel dates, helping them to reserve airfare, and by reserving rental cars and organizing the drive with people arriving at the airport at the same time. One central person helping with the travel arrangements made a big difference for the folks who were attending.
|On the road to Moab, Utah|
3. Chose a location that has a large array of accommodations. Some people want something cheap and some people are going to want something high end with a hot tub. Everyone needs something different and so having a location that has different accommodations within the same area or complex is perfect.
|Miguel's Baja Grill|
5. Start planning early! Destination events take a long time to arrange. If you are planning to be at a location during its peak season, start planning one (1) year out. Start with reserving accommodations because those tend to be harder to secure than any of the other details. Keep good records of who has paid you. Keeping the money portion easy for your guests will make this trip easy to attend.
Let me know where you end up going with these tips, and if you are planning a destination event in Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto or Redwood City, please go to EventCounselor.com for more information on where to stay and where to eat.