On The Road | Glenn Abbott

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About Glenn

Glenn retired from teaching World History for over 30 years at Seneca High School in Oconee County in 2006.  He always had a passion for travel.  Glenn decided to share his passion withhis students, and in 1986, started organizing trips for his students to New York City.

 "It was amazing to see them experience the wonder of a big city for the first time. "

Highlights included The World Trade Center, a Broadway Play, the Statue of Liberty, guided tours from SoHo to Central Park as well as Art and History museums. For many students, experiencing a Broadway play was the highlight of the trip.  After 9/11, our school quit doing student tours, and I began using Good News Travels where he was able to continue managing trips.  When Glenn decided to retire John Tribble, owner of GOOD NEWS TRAVELS approached Glenn about the opportunity to manage tours for GNT. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity.  

"This job has allowed me the opportunity to share experiences with other teachers and students. "

We chatted with Glenn about his experience as a Good News Travels Tour manager...

Best Trip

I never tire of going to New York City. It is the one destination that everyone should experience.  Washington DC is also a favorite destination. I have also managed some adult groups on a Circle Tour of Michigan, the Colorado Trains Tour,  and a tour to San Antonio. Other student destinations have included Chicago, Chattanooga, and Charleston, SC.  Each tour is unique. I enjoy the challenges of the expected and the unexpected.  I have always viewed travel as an adventure and an experience not to be missed.  

Travel Musts

I cannot travel without my cell phone, my tour manager notebook (when managing trips), a comfortable pair of shoes, and rain gear. 

Gettysburg | Remember and Reflect

The Battle of Gettysburg is often described as being the turning point of the Civil War. It was also the battle involving the largest number of casualties during the war. So many men died fighting for what they believed was right. Today, the town of Gettysburg honors these fallen soldiers while educating visitors on the history of the site. Check out these three attractions on your visit to this historic place:

  • Gettysburg National Military Park: Tour the battlefield and discover the significant sites of this dramatic event! Take part in an evening campfire or a specialized battle walk, and reflect on the sacrifice made by so many Americans at the “Friend to Friend” Memorial. The Military Park is an awesome way to not only learn about the history of Gettysburg, but to earn a greater respect for those who helped to shape our nation into what it is today.
  • Gettysburg Museum of History: The Gettysburg Museum of History, the most famous in Gettysburg, is home to over 4,000 artifacts. With exhibits on the Civil War, both World Wars, JFK, and Elvis, there’s sure to be something there that will interest you. It has even been featured on shows such as American Pickers for its rich display of American history.
  • Gettysburg National Cemetery: The cemetery is a beautiful memorial to those who have lost their lives defending our freedoms as Americans. Some graves hold a number of unidentified soldiers, while others are marked with names. There are numerous other monuments, including the New York Monument, as well as the monument to Lincoln’s Address.

If American history is of any interest to you, and even if it isn’t, Gettysburg is sure to leave you in awe. Make a point to visit some of these sites on your next visit to Pennsylvania! 

Travel Technology | What's New?

Most people are aware of how simple it has become to book flights and reserve hotel rooms online or how many apps are out there to make travel easier. Travel and technology seem to go hand in hand these days. Here are four emerging technologies you may not have heard of that are sure to revolutionize the way everyone travels:

  • Wearable Translators: Language barriers don’t have to be an issue anymore! Wearable translators allow instant communication between you and anyone you encounter. While they are still relatively new to the market, costing a few hundred dollars on average, they are becoming more and more common. Mobile apps require Wi-Fi or cellular data , but wearable translators come preprogrammed to translate everyday conversations without any sort of connection.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Artificial intelligence has slowly been making its way onto the scene for several years now – the most notable development being personal assistants such as Siri, Okay Google, and Alexa. You ask a question, and they respond. The same is being done in the travel industry. Online “chatbots” talk to you, discover your preferences, and help to make your travel planning go smoothly.

Smart Luggage: New developments in luggage make travel safer and more convenient. Smart Luggage Locks allow you to lock your suitcase from a mobile app. Losing the key is no longer a worry. Smart locks such as these are approved by the TSA, who are able to unlock your suitcase without having to break it open. New suitcases and backpacks have also begun installing batteries within the luggage, allowing users to charge their mobile device from anywhere!

  • RFID Protective Wallets: As more card readers begin to implement “tap-to-use” technology, it becomes increasingly common for identity thieves to steal your card information while the card is still in your wallet or purse. RFID protectors prevent this from taking place and keep your information safe from others. 

The future of travel is happening now, and each day we are progressing even more. It’s never been easier to experience the world! Why wait?

Before You Explore | Top 5 Things To Do

Between 48 to 72 hours before departure most of the planning has ended and packing is done. So, what can you do in the meantime? Here are five tips for a trip with less stress, and a smooth return.

1. Pay your monthly bills. | Depending on where you are going, internet access can be limited or non-existent. Pay your bills in advance, and have something less to worry about.

2. Check for outlet compatibility.  |  You remembered to pack all your gadgets and chargers....now what?  They don't fit? You can get a universal travel adapter online prior to departure, they will be much less expensive.

3. Call your bank and credit cards to let them know you are traveling. | Most credit cards have been upgraded to "chip technology." and you may not need to contact them.  If you don't have the chip yet, it is always helpful for them to know so your funds aren't frozen en route.

4. Make a copy of your passport and other identification documents.  |  Life is unpredictable. Because of that, you should make a copy of your passport, driver's license, and other relevant travel documents. Keep a set in your home, and one in the safe of your hotel room

5. Check if your phone will work where you are going.  |   Not all phones work at the same frequency ranges.  Get in contact with your cell phone provider and confirm your phone will work where you are going. If it does, ask about any roaming charges. { calls made over Wi-Fi can also be charged roaming fees}.  Also ask about a SIM card for that location.

Check-in for your flight and GO!    Some airlines will automatically check you in for your flight "x" hours before it's departure. Others will let you take care of it. If you check-in at home it might save you time at the airport (especially if you are only taking a carry-on).  Safe Travels!

 

Students Send Happy Birthday Wishes!

HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY Georgia Sea Turtle Center!

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Another GNT student field trip a success!  Students are visiting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center where they are having a "wonderful day!' June 2017 commemorates the Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s 10th year in operation and they are hosting a party free to the public on Saturday, June 10: 2-5 p.m.  Center admission will be waived from 2-5pm, there will be a community birthday card to sign, cupcakes and the center will be“decorated,” showcasing ways you can reduce plastics. The afternoon will include creature features, live music, and a special “Dunk the Doc” fundraiser. 

 

Travel Teaches How To Prepare Students For Life!

Student travel helps build self-esteem, independence, tolerance and cultural awareness, while breaking down barriers to a child’s personal, educational and social development. Patterns and habits embraced when traveling at an early age are known to influence future.  I am interested in a field trip!

"Respondents of all types confirm that students who travel are more motivated to seek further education, progress in their social competences and improvement of a wide array of abilities."


According to The SYTA (Student Youth Travel Association) in their recent study of the Student Travel market, research confirmed the importance of travel in the life of a child.  Most importantly, teachers state that student travel prompts a transformation, through which students grow their ambitions to know, learn and explore.  In addition to improved intellectual motivation and curiosity, teachers highlight increased individual self-esteem, better self-expression, teamwork skills and adaptability. After participating in a trip, students wish to travel more, which naturally starts a new cycle of learning opportunities as a part of their future tours.  Finally, familiarization with new cultures increases young peoples’ tolerance and respectfulness.  When experienced at an early
age, this has the potential to positively influence them throughout their life.  Content and Research SYTA.org.
 

Amazing Grace Debut's in Washington!

 WASHINGTON D.C. – As the first stop on its upcoming national tour, AMAZING GRACE, the inspirational Broadway musical will be the first production – of any kind – to christen the new, state-of-the-art World Stage Theater at Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. The production is slated for an eight-week run with opening night scheduled for November 18th 2017. www.museumofthebible.org/amazinggrace

The World Stage Theater at Museum of the Bible is a world-class, performing arts theater located inside the forthcoming 430,000-square-foot museum. Located just two blocks from the National Mall, the 472-seat venue will showcase a first-of-its-kind, digital mapping system that will transform the theater space into a virtual canvas, surrounding the audience with an environment that enhances what they see on stage.

Running Down the Hill

 

“When Clemson players rub that Rock and run down the Hill, it’s the most exciting 25 seconds in college football.”
Brent Musburger, ABC Sports 

Tradition at Clemson University isn't something that is taken lightly. From tiger rag, to singing the alma mater, to rubbing the rock Clemson has traditions that will last a life time. The most exciting 25 seconds of college football is a tradition which started out of convenience in the beginning, but now has turned into something bigger. Since 1942 the football team has been running down the hill to enter Death Valley at the start of each game. The dressing room for the football players was at the Fike Field House, which was closes to the east end zone. Because of the location it made more sense for the players to run down the hill to get into the stadium. For some people rubbing a rock and running down a hill seems insignificant, but to the Clemson Tigers it's a tradition.

Disney's Pandora: The World of Avatar

Photo Courtesy of Walt Disney World & Groups Daily

Photo Courtesy of Walt Disney World & Groups Daily

SUMMER of 2017, Disney Parks and Resorts, will go live with a new expansion to Disney's Animal Kingdom: Pandora—The World of Avatar.

In collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment, Disney is bringing the mythical world of Pandora to life. The expansion will feature two new signature attractions for guests to explore the world of Pandora. Guests could fly over the jungles of Pandora on a Mountain Banshee on Avatar Flight of Passage, or enjoy a family-friendly boat ride through the bioluminescent forests on Na'vi River Journey.

Visit Groups Daily and The World of Avatar

Gullah Culture...Savannah

Day Clean Journey tour guide Amir Jamal Toure is known for his engaging style and thorough knowledge. — Photo courtesy of Day Clean Soul

Day Clean Journey tour guide Amir Jamal Toure is known for his engaging style and thorough knowledge. — Photo courtesy of Day Clean Soul

Savannah is known for its eclectic heritage and Southern charm.  From its antebellum mansions and mossy, tree-lined streets to the fountains and statures scattered throughout the city, the city is filled with attractions and historical hotspots.

The Pin Point Heritage Museum offers informational and interactive programs designed to capture Gullah/Geechee culture firsthand.  Located in an old oyster and crab factory on the banks of the Moon River, the museum tells the story of an African -American community that thrived in isolation for nearly 100 years and was founded by first generation freedmen. In addition, some of the museum exhibits explore the lives of former residents such as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Another great way to learn about Gullah culture in Savannah is to take the Gullah/Geeche tour offered by Day Clean Journeys. The name Day Clean itself is a Gullah phrase meaning “new day” or “dawn.” Led by tour guide and historian Amir Jamal Toure, the two-hour tour takes guests to several spots around Savannah, including the First African Baptist Church, one of the first black churches in North America and a stop on the Underground Railroad, and Factors Walk, an area near River Street that once was the center of the city’s slave trade. The tour also visits the Garden of Eden restaurant, which specializes in soul food and Southern fare.

Beyond Winning

In 1981, John Tribble, penciled in The Orange Bowl event on his calendar for the weekend of January 1 and 2, 1982.  That same year he started GOOD NEWS TRAVELS so that he could lead groups on unique tours in and around the United States.  GOOD NEWS TRAVELS will once again offer an unforgettable TIGER ROAD TRIP experience, 2016 style!

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“I don’t have time to plan a trip

or spend time with friends!” 

The truth is, you’ll be busy whether you take a vacation or not. A vacation restores your mind, body and spirit so that when you return you can tackle your workload, improve your productivity in the long run. The seemingly limitless destination possibilities on the Web can feel overwhelming. Here are 3 ways to streamline travel and connect with friends.  By definition, we all need to VACATE.  va·cate /ˈvāˌkāt/verb 1. leave (a place that one previously occupied):

1. Travel Professional Connect with a local travel company or one online like www.goodnewstravels.com and embark on a pre-planned excursion with friends (yes, they still exist) and tell the expert your vacation goals, preferences, timing, and budget. You'll receive several amazing vacation options right away or by email if you wish. Decide and go!

2. Take a Cruise. Cruising has become one of the most popular ways of taking vacations for good reasons. Each cruise has a fixed itinerary with onboard activities scheduled from day to night plus tours you can take during stops at ports-of-call. It's a floating vacation that you can book in an instant.

3. Consider Holiday Packages. Booking a vacation that combines flights, hotel, and activities will save you time and money. On a booking site or through your favorite airline or hotel, they will lead to to many options driven by price not experience.  We can help you book confident in your destination.

Strike Gold Out of the Office

Photo Courtesy of: asilomar.com

Photo Courtesy of: asilomar.com

VISIT THE GOLDEN STATE.  Long known for its beautiful beaches, the Golden State is the perfect place for a seaside getaway for a corporate getaway, incentive travel or team building excursion. Known for picturesque scenery, rich history and incredible examples of early twentieth century architecture, this area is also home to some of the state’s more amazing beaches and beachfront properties. 

BUILD A GOLDEN TEAM at Asilomar Conference Grounds situated along the Monterey Penninsula. Asilomar partnered with Adventures by the Sea and can facilitate competitive and cooperative team building programs out on the beach or inside the grounds. Year-round, you can take part in a vast array of outdoor activities including cycling along miles of beautiful shore or gathering your group for a game of beach volleyball. You may even find yourself following a trail through the dunes or taking in views of crashing surf and turquoise-colored ocean water.

Team Building Activities Include:

  • Kayak, bike and hiking adventures
  • Scenic Scavenger Hunts
  • Beach Olympics
  • "Challenge by the Sea" Group Problem Solving
  • The "Minute to Win It" Challenge
  • Creative Custom Experiences

Asilomar's rich history dates back to its origins as a YWCA Leadership Camp built in 1913. Known as Monterey Peninsula's "Refuge by the Sea," the state park is located on 107 acres of state beach and conference grounds, within the quaint and scenic town of Pacific Grove. Asilomar is celebrated for its restored dune ecosystem and architectural significance, with cozy, historic structures designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan between 1913 and 1928.

Two by Two they went...

Photo Courtesy of arkencounter.com

Photo Courtesy of arkencounter.com

...and a flood covered the earth. 

Then the Flood began. The fountains of the deep broke open, and the windows of heaven were opened. Rain poured for forty days and forty nights. The waters rose until every high hill on the earth was covered. Everything that lived on land perished in the raging floodwaters (Genesis 7:17–24).

Meet the Ark Encounter. a world-class theme park featuring the most authentic full-size replica of Noah’s Ark in the world offers an opportunity to travel back in time.  While you are there, take a wild adventure and soar across gorgeous valleys on a zip line tour or relax with your friends and family at their casual two-story restaurant.

Ark Encounter features a full-size Noah’s Ark, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible. Spanning 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, this modern engineering marvel amazes visitors young and old. Ark Encounter is situated in the beautiful Williamstown, Kentucky, halfway between Cincinnati and Lexington on I-75. From the moment you turn the corner and the towering Ark comes into view, to the friendly animals in the zoo, to the jaw-dropping exhibits inside the Ark, you’ll experience the pages of the Bible like never before.

 

 

Just Because...

Photo Courtesy of HOMEWOODBAT.COM

Photo Courtesy of HOMEWOODBAT.COM

BECAUSE THIS IS A BASEBALL TOWN

November 5-7, in partnership with the Chicago Southland CVB, GNT will travel with area teachers to experience Chicago and surrounding areas first hand in search of art, science, manufacturing experiences that add value to the deep roots of the city.  One of our stops along the way is Homewood Bats.  Located only 20 miles south of Chicago, this hometown company was built on a passion for baseball, the manufacturing process and people. With two Professional teams, Chicago is a baseball town and this locally grown company loves baseball as much as the region it calls home.

BECAUSE THIS IS OUR DREAM

Creating bats in a plant where visitors can see that process and customize their bat has been a dream many years in the making. Patience and prayer have made that dream a reality. The quality of each Homewood Bat show their commitment to creating a lasting product and we will experience the vision, engineering technology, and passion that brings every bat to life.

BECAUSE BASEBALL BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER

For generations families, neighbors, and friends alike, have gathered in their local park, in Grandma's back yard, and in professional stadiums to enjoy a game of baseball...Homewood Bats continues the story as they craft each bat with you in mind.

Nova Scotia Road Trip!

Villa Rica Georgia- Custom Group Tour, Nova Scotia Fall, 2016

Villa Rica Georgia- Custom Group Tour, Nova Scotia Fall, 2016

From this view at Peggy's Cove to Dinner on the Northumberland Ferry, serving up "the best scallops I have ever had," our church group experienced an unforgettable journey through Nova Scotia and beyond.  Can't wait for the next adventure!

GNT Nova Scotia group tours embrace the spirit of the perfect road trip!  Located in eastern Canada and almost completely surrounded by ocean, the province of Nova Scotia is a place where you can fall in sync with the rhythm of the sea and immerse yourself in culture that ranges from traditional to avant-garde, from bagpipes to world-class golf. 

Road Trip Nova Scotia! These are just a few of the fabulous adventures that are waiting for you to discover! Visit Featured Road Trips Nova Scotia.com