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Our consultants turn Crusaders, raising £63,000 for charity during a wild car rally through Europe

It’s been an epic, crazy weekend for our franchisees.

While we were all at home watching the general election results unfold and lamenting over the weather, it was all laughs for 18 teams from the travel industry as they tooted and waved their way across six European countries all in fancy dress.

At one stage we had Willy Wonka up the Alps, we had Scooby Doo in a helicopter and human bumble bees posing for shots when they became the latest tourist attraction.

Clocking up almost 2,000 miles, they drove in their decorated cars along autobahns of Germany, up winding mountain slopes of Switzerland and through Medieval villages of France. The event concluded with a few high-speed rounds of the Dutch F1 circuit in Zandvoort.

And while they were at it they completed wacky challenges en route. Making sand castles and paragliding were just some of the hijinks the teams got up to.

Why? Charity, of course.

Even before they started out on this epic adventure, all the teams had collectively raised £58,000 – somewhat smashing the £35,000 target to say the least!

And as they crossed the finish line that total had risen to £63,000!

Not Just Travel was super proud to be one of the headline sponsors for what is the fifth Travel Trade Crusade. This infamous event has been described as “the most fun charity event in the travel industry”.

NJT entered eight teams and we’re pleased to say they all lived to tell the tale – just!

“It’s been an absolute blast,” said consultant David (aka Scooby Doo). “Our little team has had so many laughs along the way. We’re tired, sick of crisps (I never thought I would ever say that!) but extremely grateful for all those who have donated.”

Our cruise guru Gemma Outram – who happens to have been shortlisted as a Finalist for UK & Ireland Travel Agent Of the Year at the 2024 Agent Achievement Awards (yes- really!) – said:

“My feet are swollen, the bags under my eyes wouldn’t fit in a Ryanair overhead and I’m not sure what day of the week it is! But it’s been such a fun experience making memories and friends for life.”

And travel consultant Cath, who has only just recovered from traversing Switzerland dressed as a ‘golden ticket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, said she’d had “the time of her life”.

“We camped on one of the nights,” she said. “We pitched our tent beside Lake Thun in Switzerland and sitting beside the shore in the sun looking at the snow-capped mountains was just magical. It’s been an exhilarating, hilarious weekend and I’m so proud having raised money for much-needed charities.”

David and his team of ‘crusaders’ raised almost £4,000 for their chosen charity: Just a Drop – working to provide access to clean drinking water in communities across the globe.

Meanwhile, Becky and Philippa raised £5,500 for the MND Association despite loosing their pilot Dale who couldn’t attend due to Covid at the last minute. Says Philippa: “My personal highlights were hijacking a pedalo and jumping in fully clothed and then spontaneously going paragliding over Interlaken in Switzerland – BREATHTAKING!”

But the largest amount, £11k, was raised by Kelly, Mia and Libby, in aid of Caitlin, a 10-year-old girl diagnosed with Juvenile Onset CLN3, also known as Batten Disease.

Co-founder Steve Witt sdaid: “We’re so proud to have sponsored this year’s Travel Trade Crusade. Our NJT consultants are all so full of life and fun and they well and truly threw themselves into this event. The spirit of this event is right up our street.”

If you’re passionate about travel and want to launch your own travel consultancy with the support of a fun-loving, go-getting team of colleagues, then join us.

Find out more here by watching our Discovery videos.

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