June was a busy month at Audley Travel in Boston. Two large events – the annual Pride Parade and our office Fourth of July party – were the highlights of the staff’s social calendar, while a client event celebrating the launch of our UK and Ireland trips saw Audley travelers participating in the fun as well.
On June 10th, Audley participated in Boston’s annual Pride Parade for the second year in a row. Two staff members – Andrew George, Program Manager of the Africa team and Emma Webster, Content Manager – took on the role of acting as group leaders for the group of Audley’s participants. Shirts were designed and distributed in every color of the rainbow with Audley’s name printed in large letters across the back, and a large bus painted with the Boston skyline was rented for the day of the parade. That Saturday, about thirty volunteer staff arrived at the start of the parade route, where they were met with a bus decorated with Audley Travel banners and plenty of face glitter and Audley Travel branded bracelets to hand out to the crowds. After marching the full 2.8 miles of the parade route with a large banner in tow and thousands of starbursts thrown into the crowds, the participants reached the end of the parade. The day wasn’t over for the Audley staff, though. Those remaining were treated to an hour long, music and beer filled bus ride around the city, as a thank you for their work. Audley is proud to participate in this parade every year and to support LGBTQ rights in our local community.
Fourth of July Celebration
At the end of the month, the social committee planned a large Fourth of July party. The party was held the Thursday before the holiday, in hopes that the majority of the staff would be able to attend. And attend they did – with the highest turnout at a social event since the beginning of the year. The 9th floor kitchen was decorated from floor to ceiling with red, white, and blue decorations. An antique-style snow-come machine made some tasty rose and cherry flavored ice treats for the staff, while a hot dog machine broiled 80 hot dogs at a time. The highlight of the night was the pie eating contest that saw 5 contestants facing off to see who could finish almost half an apple pie in the shortest amount of time. The competition was close, but after about two minutes and lots of cheering, a winner was crowned. The rest of the night featured a make-shift photobooth with themed props, pasta salad, chips, dips, and many more snack, and plenty of beer and wine to go around.
UK and Ireland Launch Event
In June, we launched the UK and Ireland as the newest destinations on offer from our ever-expanding Europe department. About thirty clients visited our office in the North End and were greeted with traditional live Irish music. Beer and wine local to the countries were served, from Guinness to Scottish whiskey. There was an even a whiskey tasting station, where a professional bartender educated guests on the different types of whiskey. The mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres included Scottish salmon on crudité. The crowd favorite were the Shepard’s’ pie spring rolls and mini-beef wellington balls. A short video introducing the countries was presented, and visitors spent the rest of the night chatting to our expert specialists about trips to our newest areas of the world.