The Team Building Barometer

Our team building barometer below is a tool to help you decide on what team building activity is most suitable for your team! The barometer ranges from Soft to Hard activities. Soft Team Building Experiences are of a less formal approach where discussions and simulated networking opportunities naturally leads to improved communication and increased morale. Hard Team Building Experiences have more extensive and detailed debriefs to evaluate individual or group performance as well as pinpoint areas for development. To the right you can also see the key outcomes of the activity.

 

All of our  team building incentives can be custom made and adapted to your specific requirements and wishes. We are also happy to incorporate your company’s brand, as well as CSR elements if you wish.

 

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RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCE


KEY OUTCOMES


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Private Boat Party   The Travel Out There Boat Party is a great way to see the city, complete with snacks, drinks and entertainment the River Boat Party will give your guests or employees a chance to relax and take in the sights on offer…
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • MOTIVATION
  • NETWORKING

 

Creative Team ChallengesFor those clients who want to develop themselves in creative way the Travel Out There team can tailor a creative team development program to get your juices flowing! In many of our team building programs we will use creative experiential learning methodology. That means …
  • CREATIVITY
  • COMMUNICATION
  • FUN

 

Culinary Team Building
Travel Out There’s Gastronomic Tours take the interactive cooking club itinerary one step further, by allowing the clients to join the chef on a tour of the local market while foraging and haggling with vendors and learning first hand about …
  • ENJOYMENT
  • TEAM DYNAMICS
  • MANAGING CHANGE

 

 

Company Olympics
Let your colleagues become a part of the “Dream Team” and discover a champion within themselves. Fun sumo challenges, sports spirit and the power of victory will lead your team to success. The group can be split into teams and …
  • COMPETITIVENESS
  • NETWORKING
  • UNITING TEAMS

 

CSR Programmes
Engaging your company in a CSR project that has a mutual benefit to the company and local community is not only a fun, rewarding and memorable experience but also energizes employee engagement, encourages team building and enhances your company’s reputation. Studies has also shown that …
  • ENGAGEMENT
  • CROSS FUNCTIONAL
    CO-OPERATION
  • MOTIVATION

 

Make Your Own Film
The Make Your Own Film event is a prime example of multi-sensory, experience learning.  An example on how we could align this experience to the preceding Leadership Development course would be to focus on The E’s and P of Leadership…
  • COMMUNICATION
  • PROJECT PLANNING
  • CREATIVITY

 

Interactive City Games
Come and join the E-City Code Game for an interactive and enlightening insight into your chosen City. Searching for clues and some hidden treasures in race against time to beat your adversaries, the E-City Code Game is both fun and exciting giving you the opportunity to discover the secrets and myths behind your City…
  • EDUCATE
  • RISK MANAGEMENT
  • PRACTICAL
    LEADERSHIP

 

The Social Experiment
A teambuilding activity that will not only bring a smile to your colleagues but also many passers-by. You can decide on the nature of your flashmob – whether it be a singing, dancing, community enhancing or even simply a smilemob…
  • EMPOWERMENT
  • TEAM DYNAMICS
  • COMMUNICATION

 

Company Retreats
If you have a project that’s too big to fit into a two-hour meeting slot, a retreat might be just the tool you need to hash it out. Your company retreat is individually designed closely in conjunction with your management team and is flexible enough to respond to issues as they arise…
  • TEAM INTEGRATION
  • DEVELOPMENT OF
    TRUST
  • PRACTICAL
    LEADERSHIP

 

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Warsaw Meetings and Incentives Guide

 The Ultimate Warsaw Meetings and Incentives Guide

– All you need for a successful event –

The captivating Polish capital is sometimes referred to as the Phoenix city, referring to how many times it has been destroyed and rebuilt. There is no place quite like Warsaw, a city that offers a intriguing mix of old and new, fascinating history and vibrant modernity.

We have put together the ultimate Meetings and Incentives Guide, containing everything you need for a successful conference, gala dinner or corporate event in Warsaw.

Click on the links for more info about venues and activities.

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 Meeting Venues

Palace Jablonna

Palace Jablonna

Meeting and Event venues in Warsaw

For 20 attendees: Palace Jablonna

For 50 attendees
: Concept 13

For 100 attendees: Hotel Sheraton

For 200 attendees
: ATM Studio

For  500 attendees
: National Stadium

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 Hotels

Mazurkas Hotel

Mazurkas Conference Centre & Hotel

Conference Hotels in Warsaw

1)
 Mamaison Hotel Le Regina
Reason: 
Excellent 5-star hotel located in the beautiful Old Town

2) Mazurkas Conference Centre & Hotel
Reason: With 35 conference rooms and 3500 m2 exhibition space Mazurkas is an excellent choice for corporate travelers.

3)
 Hotel Narvil
Reason: Exclusive Conference and Spa Hotel located about 30 km from Warsaw on a beautiful location close to the artificial lake Zegrze

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Restaurants

Qchnia Artystyczna

Qchnia Artystyczna

Restaurants in Warsaw

1)
 Bistro Warszawa
Reason: 
Offers great Polish food with a twist. Situated on the beautiful UNESCO-listed Old Town square

2)
 Qchnia Artystyczna at Ujazdowski Castle
Reason: Modern and experimental cuisine with an exceptional terrace view

3) Browarmia
Reason: A cosy place located on the Royal Route with its own brewery

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Banquet Venues

Endorfina Foksal

Endorfina Foksal

Banqueting venues in Warsaw

1) Moonsfera restaurant
Reason: Modern place with a panoramic view of Warsaw and and an exquisite cuisine

2) Forteca
Reason: Offers an unique and mystical ambiance in a 19th century fort

3) Endorfina Foksal
Reason: Top-class cuisine in a beautiful, stylish 18th century palace

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Must See’s

National Stadium

National Stadium

3 must see’s in Warsaw

1)
 Chopin Museum
Reason: An interactive museum where you can touch, see and hear the music of Warsaw’s best known resident

2)
 National Stadium
Reason: This impressive building is Poland’s largest fotball arena and is also a great place to host an event

3)
 Lazienki Park and/or Wilanow Park – residences of Polish kings in the past
Reason: Beautiful parks with a lot of happenings year around.

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Incentive Ideas

Culinary teambuilding

Culinary Teambuilding

Warsaw incentive ideas

1)
 Painting session on the highest floor of Palace of Culture and Science
Reason: Creative activity in nice surroundings

2)
 JAN III SOBIESKI – Baroque cultural event programme at Wilanów Palace
Reason:Great way to get to know more about Polish history and experience the beauty of the splendid palace

3)
 Culinary Team Building
Reason: Enjoy a superb meal and learn more about the local cuisine and ingredients in this creative and challenging team experience that brings so much joy and at the same time benefits your team and personal development of each member.

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Gift Ideas

The Warsaw mermaid

The Warsaw mermaid

Example small souvenirs / giveaways

1) 
A figure of the legendary Warsaw mermaid

2)
 A Wedel coffee cup or Wedel chocolate

3) Figures of Warsaw monuments

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If you want more ideas and tips or want to book a corporate event in Warsaw, don’t hesitate to  contact Piotr, Travel Out There’s local event manager in Warsaw.

 

 

 

 

Belgrade Meetings and Incentives Guide

 The Ultimate Belgrade Meetings and Incentives Guide

– All you need for a successful event –

Belgrade needs no introduction; the history of this capital is as chequered as they come but that is what gives this place its raw vibe. Expect friendly people, amazing food and superb value for your money. In recent years Belgrade has also seen a big upswing in business related travels and it is quickly becoming a popular destination for conferences and corporate events.

We have put together the ultimate Belgrade Meetings and Incentives guide containing everything you need for a successful conference, gala dinner or corporate event in Belgrade.

Click on the links for more info about venues and activities.

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 Meeting Venues

Usce

Ušće tower

Meeting and Event venues in Belgrade

For 20 attendees: Townhouse 27

For 50 attendees
: Guarnerius Art Center

For 100 attendees: Hotel Moskva

For 200 attendees
: Ušće Tower

For  500 attendees
: Madlenianum Opera

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 Hotels

Square Nine Hotel

Square Nine Hotel

Conference Hotels in Belgrade

1)
 Life Design Hotel
Reason: Located in the center of Belgrade, reasonably priced and luxurious

2) Square Nine
Reason: 
Great location in the center of the city, top level service, excellent food and the hotel rates as one of the most luxurious in Belgrade.

3)
 Hyatt Hotel
Reason:  
5 star hotel, first class service, big conference halls and one of the best hotels in Belgrade.

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Restaurants

Kalemegdan Terrace

Kalemegdan Terrace

Restaurants in Belgrade suitable for a gala dinner

1)
 Tri Šešira
Reason: 
 
Located in Skadarlija, Belgrade’s charming bohemian quarter. Serbian traditional cuisine, live music and great atmosphere

2)
 Cantina de Frida
Reason: 
Amazing view right on the Danube river, great Argentinian cuisine, live music. The most popular restaurant in Belgrade

3) Kalemegdan Terrace
Reason: Situated on the Belgrade Fortress, central downtown location, spacious 5 star restaurant that can accommodate big groups

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Must See’s

View from Kalemegdan

View from Kalemegdan

3 must see’s in Belgrade

1)
 Belgrade fortress and the Kalemegdan park
Reason: The Fortress is over 1500 year old and the surrounding park is one of the biggest and most beautiful in Belgrade, from where you have a great view of the confluence of the Sava and the Danube river

2)
 Saint Sava Temple
Reason: The biggest orthodox temple in Eastern Europe.

3)
 House of Flowers
Reason: The tomb of Tito, former president of Yugoslavia.

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Incentive Ideas

Cruise the Danube river

Experience Belgrade from the water

Belgrade incentive ideas

1)
 Interactive Sightseeing with Ipads
Reason: A unique, interactive and fun game and the perfect way to discover the city.

2)
 Bohemian Belgrade and Rakija tour
Reason: Discover the authentic charm of Belgrade and its bohemian atmosphere and try Rakija (local brandy made from fruit)

3)
 Cruising the Danube
Reason: Enjoy the beautiful view of Belgrade from the river. It is also possible to arrange dinners or parties on the boat.

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Gift Ideas

opancici

Opancici souvenir

Example small souvenirs / giveaways

1)
 Miniature bottles of “Rakija” (Serbian traditional drink)

2)
 A “Opancici” key ring. (Serbian traditional shoes)

3) A small Winner statue souvenir, the symbol of Belgrade

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If you want more ideas and tips or want to book a corporate event in Belgrade, don’t hesitate to contact  Travel Out There’s local event manager in Belgrade, Nikos Alexic

Travel Out There Tip 8

This week Austin has handed over the mantle to someone a lot more experienced and knowledgeable – Dr Ichak Adizes, one of the world leading experts in improving the performance of companies through fundamental change.

Below clip is more than a two minute tip, but it is a video worth watching for every organisation!

When you’re company is facing a problem or a change, it is crucial to have a look at, and redefine the mission: Who are we? What are we trying to do and where are we going?

And how do you do that? Here are some tips from Adisez:

1. Block out a day in your calendar every month where you invite the top management people in your company. Make sure to make it the SAME DAY every month. You need everyone to be committed to this meetings- it is not about finding time, it is about making time! Same day every month and everyone needs to be there!

2. Rule number one of the meeting: Do not have an agenda. Have a topic that you are going to discuss. An agenda will turn it into a committing meeting where all the points needs to be discussed, analyzed and evaluated. This is not what you are trying to achieve with these meetings. Which brings us to rule number two: Do not make any decision! Just talk! Where are we going? What is the competition doing? Share ideas! But don’t make any decisions.

3. Dream Sessions. Every human need to dream! Dreams relieve the fears of the past and instigate hopes of the future. You need to have periodic dreaming to keep the company moving. Where are we going? What do we want? What are the possibilities? Dreaming as a team, rather than dreaming as an individual entrepreneur will it even more effective.

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We are working with Adizes and should any one want to attend a Riga seminar on 6-7 of November please contact us on info@traveloutthere.com. The topic of the seminar is Breakthrough to Prime -Methods from the Adizes Methodology For Managing Accelerated Change.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Ichak Adizes.

How To Make Your Mobile Battery Last Longer While Traveling

Never be out of reach again!

 

Being in a line of work that gets you traveling and going places can be a double-edged sword: on the one hand, the experience of seeing the world (or at least the country) can be extremely rewarding; on the other, it can bring you copious amounts of stress, especially when you need to manage your work while on the road. Thanks to the smartphone, traveling for work has become much easier, but what are some ways to make sure that your smartphone lasts as long as you do while out on the road?

Gadget Choice

Sometimes, the simplest solutions are the most obvious, and when it comes to getting your phone to last longer on your business trips, right in the core is the phone itself. When choosing a smartphone to use for business, always consider its expected battery life. Sometimes, it’s not enough to just get the latest smartphone, as many users of the newly released iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have revealed. After encountering crippling battery life problems with their phones running on the latest version of iOS, various websites have come out with solutions – small “hacks” that can help extend the futuristic phone’s battery life.

Some phones are also better-equipped for travel than others. According to O2, the latest instalment of Samsung’s flagship series, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, comes equipped with a Fast Charging feature that charges a phone’s battery life from 0% to 50% within half an hour. This feature is perfect for those trips when you only have a few minutes at each location, and can’t afford to spend a lot of time charging your phone.

It’s important to note that just because larger phones pack larger batteries, it doesn’t mean that they will last longer. They also use up more juice, and often, the extra features also contribute to the shorter battery life. Which brings us to…

Gadget Use

The way you use your smartphone obviously impacts how long the battery will last. If you’re always making calls or also use your business phone for recreation (those long plane rides can be quite boring!), then you’re bound to drain your battery faster than someone who only uses it for checking emails. There are, however, some small things you can do to help ease the consumption of your battery:

1. Turn the Brightness Down

Most people don’t pay attention to this feature of their phone, but you can actually set the brightness levels on your phone’s screen manually. Adjusting it to a lower setting helps cut down on power consumption, and it lessens the strain on your eyes too, so you can use your phone for longer periods without worrying about straining your eyes!

2. Shut Off Your Apps

Just because you’ve swiped out of an app doesn’t mean it’s stopped running! Always check your Task Manager to see if there are any unwanted apps running in the background, as these continue to use up battery life, even if you’re not using them anymore! Remember, once those apps start piling up, not only will they eat away at your battery, they’ll also bog your phone down by eating away at its memory! It helps to install an app like the DU Battery Saver, which keeps track of these apps for you.

3. Always Update!

Every so often, your phone’s developers might release an update to their operating systems, and these updates aren’t always free. Sometimes, it depends on your wireless carrier, or your phone’s manufacturer, and you might have to go out of your way to get an update installed. Whether it costs you some of your hard-earned cash or a trip to your local service provider, always stay up to date on these, because they often contain bug fixes and system improvements that could help your phone last longer!

Do you use any other apps to help keep track of your battery usage, or do you have some life hacks of your own? Let us know in the comments!

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This is a guestpost by Sookie Lioncourt

“Sookie Lioncourt is a travel blogger who’s always updated with the current tech trends in globetrotting. During her free time, she visits the most reputable tech sites such as CNET and TechnoBuffalo for the latest mobile devices. She also considers traveling as a recreational routine, to break the monotony of everyday writing.”

Travel Out There Tip 7 – Take the day off!

Today’s TOT Tip is short as there is no video tip. Our CEO Austin has decided to take the day off to celebrate his son’s third birthday. And he’s encouraging you to the same. Whenever it’s you own, or your kids’ birthday – take the day off!

After all it’s just one day and when you think about it, how do you want to remember your own or your kids birthdays when you look back?

Spending all day at work (which as a matter of fact you probably won’t even remember, as it is the same as any other day), or taking the day off, spending time with your loved ones and creating memories that will last a life time?

For us the answer is simple.

3 Most Popular Team Building Activities

As a global company we get enquiries from all over the world and from various types of companies and groups. But no matter what type of group the enquiry comes from we have three activities that are definitely in the top choice for them all. Here are  our 3 most popular team building activities.

1. Culinary Team Building

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” said George Bernard Shaw and it really seems like he was on to something. The upswing and abundance of food cooking shows, celebrity chefs and cook books published just seem to increase every year.

In our Culinary Team Building you get to play your own Top Chef. There are a various ways in which this activity can be formed. A popular alternative is to start the day by going to a local market and buying the ingredients yourself or by having a ingredient scavenger hunt, where you compete against each other to see who can finish the shopping list first.

Once in the kitchen the group is divided into teams and guided by a professional chef, you will learn the secret tips and tricks to preparing a real gourmet dinner. It is also a perfect way to get to know the local food culture and cuisine as you can choose to prepare a national dish. For the really sweet loving ones we have the Willy Wonka Challenge, where you get to create, package and market your own delicious chocolate treat. [Read more]

2. Graffiti Workshop

Berlin Graffiti Workshop

Graffiti has existed sine the beginning of civilization. Even the Ancient Egyptians and Romans were scribbling words and drawings on their walls. Some see it as a pure art form, other as vandalism, but no matter what your stand point is, it is a great way to express yourself and let your creativity flow freely.

In our graffiti workshops you get the guidance, material and equipment needed to create your own art piece. You start with a pencil outline that will act as a guide for the finished graffiti. Besides having a lot of fun and exploring your drawing skills you will also get an original art piece to take home and hang in the office that will also work as an constant reminder of your great day together. [Read more]

 

3. City Code Game

This is one of our favorite activities! Why do we love it? Because it’s it the perfect combination of sightseeing, learning and team work with just the right amount of strategy and competition to it. Equipped with a tablet and an interactive map you and your team will set out into the city on a quest, where you need to visit the marked places on the map, as the questions will not be visible until you are at the exact spot.

This game can be shaped in many different ways. It can be a simple quiz, where you get to explore the city while answering questions and completing various tasks. It can also be turned into a real life board game, like Snakes and Ladder, where the board is exchanged for the city and the games pieces replaced with you and your colleagues. [Read more]

To book any of these activities, just click the above links, choose your destination and send an inquiry!

Choosing Team Building activity for your Company Off-Site

What to ask yourself when trying to choose the right team building activity

Choosing team building activity for your team building day or company off-site can be tricky. Just like humans, every company and team is different, face different challenges and have different needs. This is why there cannot be any one-solution or package deal when it comes to team building activities.

Of course you want your employees and colleagues to have fun and enjoy the team building activity. But at the same time you want your team to learn something, become stronger as a team and hopefully take some new valuable knowledge and skills with them back to the office.

A sea of choices

If you google team building activities, you get a sea of different offers including everything from advanced management courses to children games and ice breaker activities. Even we at Travel Out There offer many different types of team building exercises, which is why it is beneficial, and even crucial, that you go think it through a bit before choose what to go for.

Questions to help your decision

Let’s start with obvious ones like:

  • How many people will participate? (some activities require a bigger group while some other simply does not work with larger groups)
  • When and where do you want the event be held? (Dates od the event is of course crucial, where as the venue or place can be left for the event manager to fix. But if you have any ideas or wishes it is important to write them down.)
  • How long is the event going to last? (a few hours, half a day, a day or maybe even several days)

Next questions to ask yourself is:

  • What are your key objectives with the activity? What do you wish to accomplish with the team building? Is it to get the team to get to know each other? To improve communication? To strengthen the team,or maybe to completely incorporate a new way of working or evoke a behavior change?
  • What is the budget per person? Will it be an all-exclusive weekend at a company retreat, or a half day workshop at the office? The budget is very important to have set already at the beginning.
  • What is the most important focus of the event? Should it for example be fun, relaxing, creative or adrenaline filled? Or should the focus be on personal development, team bonding and developing skills?
  • What are the 3 must have element of the event? A famous guest speaker? Live music? Outdoor venue? What ever it is that you absolutely must have it is very good to have it written down already at the start.
  • What are the 3 things you don’t want at the event? Almost as important as the above question. Did you do some activty last year that you don’t want to repeat? Do you maybe want the activity to be alcohol free or why not internet free?

By answering this questions within the company it will facilitate you in choosing what kind of activity is best for your precise team. It can of course also be used as a guideline for us to put together an exciting and suitable program for you.

As I mentioned in the beginning of the post, at Travel Out There we don’t believe in selling bespoke packages or ready made products. Each client is unique and so should their event be, no matter budget or wishes.

Travel Out There Tip 6 – In Deep

This week we talk about being in the deep

We have all been there –  started a project, task or business which at first was an enjoyable and rewarding experience, but once in knees deep, turned in to an arduous and overly demanding chore. This is how to deal with it.

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In deep
We have all been there –  started a project, task or business which at first was an enjoyable and rewarding experience, but once in knees deep, turned in to an arduous and overly demanding chore!

Walking in to holocaust memorial in Berlin, near Brandenburg gate, mirrored these sensations….before you knew it you were lost in a labyrinth of oppressing, dark, grey pillars that from the outset appeared to be the same size as the ones on the perimeter. One’s that you could easily navigate around and oversee. I guess this was my interpretation of monument – an period in history where the world completely lost its way and meaning.

Having a Strategy Map in place helps you manage and navigate you through times when you find yourself in those dark places – it acts as compass and defence mechanism at the same time when the going gets tough.

Jim Collins in the book ‘Good to Great’ talks about managing your business as if you were a hedgehog rather than a fox.  Rather than running round the maze desperately seeking new opportunities and ways to escape, develop a slow but steady route that will get you to the other side in half the time and with a lot less energy. It may, even, require you to roll up as a ball and simply wait for the danger to pass and the light to shine.

Click here to read top 10 books.