Welcome to the VBT Community
Meet a world of like-minded friends, bound by a love of travel
There’s a large and loyal community of VBTers who help spread the word about our unique brand of travel. Thanks to their word-of-mouth, we can keep our advertising costs to a minimum — and your value to a maximum. Since we promote an easygoing, experiential style of travel, the folks we attract tend to be more interested in making connections than just adding another notch to their travel belts. When not traveling they love talking travel — at the gatherings we host around the country, at their own reunions, online, and here in this catalog. But the best way to check out the VBT community is to join it — on the trip of a lifetime.
The experiences of a lifetime, friends for life
When you first meet your fellow travelers on your first VBT trip, you might be surprised to learn that most of them have been on multiple VBT trips – up into the double digits! But by the end of your journey, you’ll understand perfectly what keeps them coming back. There’s a special spirit of camaraderie that makes every day carefree, positive, and just plain fun. Conversations flow more freely when you have common points of reference – how you felt gliding downhill over the magnificent Cimabanche Pass … what your favorite tapas dish was in that Seville bar … just why you were laughing so hard during the provençal cooking class. And there’s something else: an awareness that these are special moments to be lived to the fullest. You might meet your long-lost soulmate – or someone from a fascinating walk of life that you might otherwise never have crossed paths with. After the trip, you may very likely stay in touch…. In fact, it’s very common for VBT travelers to meet lifelong friends and future travel partners on their trips with us.
VBT Community Events – Coming to your area
Here’s our schedule so far – visit our website (and keep your eye on your inbox) as we add new dates and locations:
- New York Wine Expo - March 1-3, 2013
Earn Rewards as a VBT Community Representative
You already talk about your travels to your friends, why not get rewarded for it? We are launching a new program that helps you gather a group of newcomers to learn about VBT and the latest travel deals we offer. We’ll provide the support and materials, and if any of your guests book their first VBT trip as a result of your referral, you’ll earn credits – and cash. See our Refer a Friend program
, or contact Caroline Jalbert
for information about being a VBT Community representative.
The word on the street: travel more
Here, in their own words, a few of members of our community share their thoughts on recent VBT experiences:
“We loved everything about the trip: the rides, the rooms, the food, the incredible vistas, and especially our trip leaders. We’ve been taking tours for almost 40 years and this one was at the top of our list!”
Jimmy is not the only one to have this trip at the top of his list. Tuscany by the Sea
is the #1 choice for our first-time travelers in 2012.
We did the Tuscan Coast for our first trip. We absolutely loved it! The guides were great. The scenery beautiful. The
trip featured three different lodgings – a family agriturismo, a 5-star hotel on the sea, and an upscale agriturismo. We especially liked the lunch at the olive oil mill. We will be doing the Dolomites in two weeks so we can compare trips after that!”
“I think the biggest surprise to me were the people on the trip including the guides. I was traveling alone for the first time and figured I would be doing things solo. Our group just jelled together and it was almost a team event. I was actually depressed when the bus started back to the airport. I did not want to say goodbye. This was hands-down the best vacation I have ever had. Good food, great hotels, beautiful countryside, tasty wine, and getting to know some new friends.”