S-Trip! Lunch Club!

#ThisIsLunchClub #LunchOfALifetime

This month’s lunch club was S-Trip! themed, getting everyone excited and ready for trip season! We take thousands of students away each year for March Break, so we always feel like it’s extra important to make sure everyone has the information they need and the tools to CRUSH IT! We filled everyone’s bellies with delicious “build your own” tacos/burritos and filled their minds with knowledge!! Here at I Love Travel, we are constantly working together to improve and better our trips! We are passionate about safety and inclusivity while creating the #TripOfALifetime!

We have adjusted our grad gala to be more of a standing award ceremony, thanking the students and organizers for all of their hard work/planning and traveling with us! We have also introduced new roles to help run and execute seamless events and activities! We’ve added the role of “Experience Coordinator”, who will work closely with our emcee, ensuring all the events, excursions and activities are as EPIC as possible! Last but certainly not least, we continue to work on our volunteer projects! We take great pride in giving back to the country or community we are visiting; from fixing schools to building community centres, we know how important (and rewarding!!!) it is to be able to share this experience with our travelers.

After getting hyped for trip season and stuffing our tacos to the brim, we held our very own cake cutting ceremony, ending the meeting with a delicious S-Trip! branded Tres Leches cake! The perfect way to end our Mexican S-Trip! fiesta! We look forward to our 300+ destination staff executing the best experience for our travelers, focusing on safety, seamless operations, inclusivity and excitement. Follow our S-Trip! March Break programs on social media! Instagram / Snapchat: studenttrip / Facebook

We Love our #ilovetravelbag

We love to travel. We love to travel light. So, we surprised our staff with the PERFECT Travel Bag! 

When traveling light you need the perfect travel bag! After years of looking our CEO and founder Alex Handa found the perfect travel bag (this specific bag has been discontinued from MEC).

Alex Handa, Ibo Island, Mozambique, Africa December 2016

Alex Handa, Ibo Island, Mozambique, Africa

December 2016

At our Winter Academy our staff was surprised with the perfect #ilovetravelbag. The goal for this bag is to accompany all of us on our work and personal adventures. We have taken the pledge to travel light and be conscious of our travel footprint and this means packing only a carry-on whenever possible.

In conjunction with our other #LeaveOnlyFootprints pledge we will continue to travel with our SIGG reusable water bottle and JOCO Travel Cup! We want to reduce the amount of waste and reuse whenever possible on all our travels. We hope to inspire all the youth and young adults we travel to reuse, recycle, travel often and travel light!

James Ragudo, Mount Fuji, Japan February 2017

James Ragudo, Mount Fuji, Japan

February 2017

We want to share the journey and our #ilovetravelbag with friends and family and see how far this bag can go. We love this bag and all that it represents.

Justin VanCamp, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada January 2017

Justin VanCamp, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

January 2017

We will continue to share photos of how far and wide this bag will travel by sharing the hashtag #ilovetravelbag. So far the bag has traveled to:

  • Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
  • Nashville, Tennesse, USA
  • Puerto Escondido, Mexico
  • Holquin, Cuba
  • Hamberg, Germany
  • Mount Fuji, Japan
  • Ibo Island, Mozambique, Africa
Pierre Beaucamp, Hamburg, Germany January 2016

Pierre Beaucamp, Hamburg, Germany

January 2016

So, Travel Light. Travel often (& #LeaveOnlyFootprints)

Published by Sierra Webster, Marketing Coordinator & Full-Time Staff at I Love Travel

Serbian Lunch Club & Eugene's Birthday!

Serbian food, awards and birthday celebrations!

Our #1 passion is Travel but food is a close second. We feel that sharing a meal, ethnic eats and diverse dishes is such an amazing way to come together as a company, which is why, for years we’ve been hosting lunch clubs. Our Lunch Club this month was in honour of Eugene accepting an award for “Best Youth Tour Operator 2016” on I Love Travel’s behalf at the  Global Youth Travel Awards held in Belgrade, Serbia this year! These awards  are all about celebrating excellence in youth, student and educational travel. It’s always been our focus and passion to create exciting and memorable trips so winning this award means a lot to us here at I Love Travel! This Lunch Club was also extra special because we celebrated our fearless leader, Eugene’s birthday! We all got a taste of true Serbian cuisine like, Ćepavi, Prebranac, Shopska Salad and of course chowed down on birthday cake! Eugene talked about the electric vibe, what it was like being there and accepting the award with Toby Paramor from Stoke Travel. We even had a Serbian native, Vlad, attend the Lunch Club, who gave his stamp of approval on the food! (He also verified our “25 Serbian facts” presentation.. Luckily they were all legit--phew!) We had Eugene’s friends and family join us for the celebration; everyone was in great spirits and left our Lunch Club happy, full and able to answer trivia questions about Serbia--go ahead, ask me who’s the largest raspberry exporter in the world! It’s Serbia! Producing over 30% of the total! You can check out the yummy eats, award and celebration in the photos below! Make sure you’re following us at @JobofaLifetime so you never miss a moment!


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Après Ski Bring The Fun O'Clock

For years we’ve been having monthly Bring the Fun O’Clocks but last Friday at I Love Travel, our goal was to kick it up a notch! Bring The Fun O’Clock (BTFO for short) is all about creating that “I already love what I do but this is awesome I can’t believe this is my job and I get to work with these awesome people everyday” atmosphere. Normally, we order yummy pizza and have a couple drinks after work, which is already totally sweet. But in order to spice it up it meant, picking an awesome theme and running with it. This month our theme was SnowJam Apres Ski (think previous SnowJam themes like, Lumber Jack & Jill, Yeti Sleepover, Snow Pants or No Pants and Campus Pride) and general “after ski” attire. That being said, we couldn’t have an awesome themed party without some delicious themed food! Plenty of fruit and veg, we try to eat healthy whenever possible, fresh meats and cheese (lots of cheese--think cheese fondue heaven) and of course, chocolate fondue for dessert! All the staff in the office put on their snow suit, onesies or Snow Jam gear, grabbed their #LeaveOnlyFootprints reusable mugs and welcomed the weekend Apres Ski style! We saw killer Yeti Sleepover pyjamas (lookin’ at you Luigi Dubria), people who know how to accessorize to the max (Jay Hamilton ft. a REAL snowboard) and some real tight (pun intended) ski onesies (Eugene Winer)! Our SnowJam team is heading into their third weekend of trips across Canada including Tremblant, Whistler and Panorama so it’s only natural we held a BTFO in their honour. For more great pictures and videos from SnowJam, check out SnowJam Facebook  and follow us on Instagram @JobofaLifetime & @CVSnowJam! 

I Love Travel Holiday Party 2016

Time To Celebrate!

After a busy fall spent organizing and planning the #TripofaLifetime for thousands of students across North America, I Love Travel staff finally got to celebrate at our Festive AF Themed Holiday Party at the Berkeley Bicycle Club.

The partners! From Left to Right: Meraj Delavari, Alexander Handa, Eugene Winer, Arlene Dizon, Justin Van Camp, & Jeremey Arseneau

The partners! From Left to Right: Meraj Delavari, Alexander Handa, Eugene Winer, Arlene Dizon, Justin Van Camp, & Jeremey Arseneau

The requirements were simple: come dressed to impress in your best ugly holiday sweater or better. In true I Love Travel fashion, all our staff and their beloved plus-ones pulled out all the stops. Some dusting off their ugly snowman sweaters, matching beer pong sweaters, full holiday suits and everything in between. Our holiday party is all about spending time together outside of the office, sharing a glass of bubbly with your coworker's loved ones and celebrating the holidays.

Piper in her DIY Festive AF sweater!

Piper in her DIY Festive AF sweater!

We had a “carol-karaoke” booth set-up where groups could sing their favourite holiday tunes while others opted for 90’s classics. We always like there to be some type of activity that allows new people to meet one another and share hilarious memories.



We decided this year our food and beverage service would include a perogie station with sour cream, caramelized onion and optional bacon as well as pulled pork sliders to satisfy everyone's midnight cravings. To #LeaveOnlyFootprints, we opted for glassware as opposed to the disposable “red solo cups” that would have really made it feel like a house party. However, we always try to be considerate of the amount of waste created during these types of events and as small as it is reusing wine glasses and serving beers directly from the can really goes a long way.

Our crew tore up the dance floor until the early hours of the morning including a special choreographed performance by an unexpected duo, Trip Planner Luigi Durbia and Destination Operations Coordinator, Lindsay Morris. They had the whole audience captivated as they moved in sync to a holiday and caribbean mash up. Our resident I Love Travel DJ, Julian Lowkey played bangers all night and had the whole company busting it on the dance floor. We topped the surprised off with a slippery, firework filled, minty Jungle Juice ceremony hosted by our wild Campus Vacations Team.

Akim and Kirk from our Vancouver Office! 

Akim and Kirk from our Vancouver Office! 

If there is anyone who knows how to party it is I Love Travel staff and as we should, we throw parties & events for a living. It's a combination of the vibe, the decor, the venue, the food, the beverages but mostly our staff’s sheer enthusiasm for getting dressed up in the wildest outfits and going all out that makes our parties one of a kind. It’s all about our passion.

Published by Robyn Cooper - Talent Manager & Full-Time I Love Travel Staff