The ilovetravel Mantra

Guiding team player behaviour and company decisions.

The ilovetravel Mantra has undergone several drafts and revisions, as we’ve grown our team, our brands and ilovetravel.

The Mantra represents who we are every day and the values that define what matters most to our team members.

We’ll continue the process of updating and editing our mantras with the helpful involvement of our staff and the constant feedback that is received from the entire company.

Spring Academy 2017. We focussed on Big Wins, the importance of preperation and celebrated on Big Wins. 

Spring Academy 2017. We focussed on Big Wins, the importance of preperation and celebrated on Big Wins. 

OUR MISSION is to Celebrate Life
&
OUR PASSION is Youth Travel

What are Our Mantras?!

We define our Mantra as 7 key pillars. 

Ownership

"You Got This"

We hold ourselves and each other accountable to finish what we start..We don’t pass things off. We get things done. We take responsibility for all aspects of managing a trip, group or project.

Our Team from Punta Cana Organized a Community Beach Clean Up and Restoration day. 

Our Team from Punta Cana Organized a Community Beach Clean Up and Restoration day. 

Passion

We LOVE LOVE LOVE our trips!

It’s in our name - ilovetravel. Our passion for our trips and exploring this earth and experiencing what it has to offer drives us to impact lives, create special experiences and build relationships.

We are constantly striving to make our trips better and share that passion with our travelers, suppliers and staff. 

We are constantly striving to make our trips better and share that passion with our travelers, suppliers and staff. 

Care

We are Committed to Youth

We really care about youth. Every day we dedicate ourselves to creating special experiences that enable and empower the lives of young people.

Our Future lies in the youth of today. We focus on all our opportunities to interact with our community. 

Our Future lies in the youth of today. We focus on all our opportunities to interact with our community. 

Mentorship

Guidance is Key

We believe that everyone is capable of achieving greatness and the key ingredient is guidance and support. Since our beginnings teaching has been at our core. We take time to share experiences and help guide those less experienced.

Summer Academy 2016! We love taking the opportunity to mentor new company leaders. 

Summer Academy 2016! We love taking the opportunity to mentor new company leaders. 

Integrity

Do what you say

We believe you are what you do not what you say. We are honest, trustworthy and always deliver on the expectations we set.

Each of our Staff works with integrity in all things they do. This is what separates us from other travel companies and makes us an industry leader.

Each of our Staff works with integrity in all things they do. This is what separates us from other travel companies and makes us an industry leader.

Hustle

Today not Tomorrow

We work with urgency and believe that moving fast is vital to our success. We approach every task with tenacity and focus driving relentlessly towards the end result. It is our hustle that sets us apart.

We focus on getting it done! We grind for small and big wins. 

We focus on getting it done! We grind for small and big wins. 

Positivity

Daily Optimists

We believe in the power of positivity and optimism. That anything is possible when you approach it with the right mindset. When faced with a challenge we remain calm and poised.

We start and end everyday with a positive outlook. We spread this positivity with every interaction!

We start and end everyday with a positive outlook. We spread this positivity with every interaction!

Does this sound like you? Our unique culture makes us who we are as a company. We say what we mean, we push each other to be the best, and support each other to overcome challenges. Work with us and find your #Jobofalifetime! 

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Read our last post from our Spring Academy 2017

Written by: Sierra Webster, Marketing Coordinator

ilovetravel and S-Trip! Macao Beach Clean Up!

Our S-Trip! team in Punta Cana organized a epic volunteer initiative at one of our favourite local Dominican Republic beaches, Macao Beach! 

Our amazing team at Macao Beach, DR. 

Our amazing team at Macao Beach, DR. 

Macao Beach has been home to our team and our travelers for years so when our team saw that it needed some help they brought their cause to Facebook! Friends, family and community members met at Macao Beach for a full day of collecting garbage and sorting recyclables on the beach.

S-Trip! volunteer efforts

Our pledge to #LeaveOnlyFootprints propelled us to collect over 15 bags of garbage and plastic waste that has washed up on the Macao Beach. It is important to us that we use reusable water bottles and mugs (see more on our #LeaveOnlyFootprints here). It is important to reuse to prevent more pollution and littering of our beaches and planet. 

Each an every one of our Grad Trips with S-Trip! have an included Volunteer Abroad Excursion. Many of our Travelers on destination will volunteer with the community to clean beach fronts, build schools or assist at local food banks. 

We are proud of all the effort our team and volunteers put in at Macao Beach! The results are amazing! We are already looking forward to the next Volunteer Project! 

Make a difference on your Grad Trip and attend the included Volunteer Abroad excursion. See the difference we've been making in the local communities here.

ilovetravel Spring Academy 2017

Team building. Team bonding.

Each season, ilovetravel has what we call an “Academy.” This is an all-day event where we learn about the company, future growth and things that matter to us! We spent the day at the YMCA where we participated in seminars, group activities and all things team building. We started our morning with a delicious breakfast spread to help boost everyone’s energy! We had coffee and tea (crucial) that everyone drank out of their #LeaveOnlyFootprints reusable mug, build your own yogurt energy bowls, equipped with chia seeds, granola, coconut clusters and lots of fruit! Our first activity was human bingo! This is an activity where each square has a different question in it and the goal is to find someone who fills the requirement! For example, if the square reads, “Someone who can speak 2+ languages” you need to find someone who speaks two or more languages. You win the game when every square is filled in with a different name! This was an awesome activity to start with because it allowed everyone to meet and mingle with the rest of the team! We’re all about getting to know one another. Team bonding is another important focus, for us! Once everyone was well-acquainted and BINGO was shouted, we began our day!

We started our day with some awesome seminars where staff talked about everything from

our past trip season(s) and how we can improve on making things safe, seamless and epic, to future growth and our vision for the next 5 years! We heard updates from all our brands (S-Trip!, Breakaway Tours and Campus Vacations) and heard some amazing Happy Traveler stories from our winter trip season. Our presenters gave it their all, sharing their experience and knowledge of We <3 Reviews Project, Committed to Youth Initiative and Our S-Trip! Myths page. It’s always so important for us come together outside of the office and hear about what each team is up to and how it contributes to the overall growth of the company. Thanks to all our presenters and leaders for crushing their sections.

After filling our brains with awesomness, we had a delicious meatless and wheatless lunch from Kupfert & Kim! Going meatless and wheatless allowed everyone to enjoy the meal provided, without any restrictions. We are all about #inclusivity! After refueling, we headed to the gym to get our hearts pumping! We think it’s important to incorporate physical activity into the day to keep everyone's minds sharp! We broke into three teams, red, blue and yellow and everyone played soccer, hockey and basketball and finished the activity off with an obstacle course! Team leads from each team had to compete both physically and mentally, answering word problems, scoring goals and making baskets. After team yellow reigned victorious, we continued with several break out sessions where everyone was grouped into teams and learned about different areas of the company and things that are important to us; learning about how reviews change and impact a company, how to better time-manage and organize your day, and and issues committed to youth. We are very team-oriented at I Love Travel and we think it’s important to put a focus on working and growing together. Teamwork makes the dreamwork!

Check out some awesome photos from our academy!

You can also see what it’s like to work with us by following our social media!

Instagram: @jobofalifetime / Facebook

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