AndyGiles wrote:If I was running it, I would put all people who have already been on a trip in the lottery and not the other way around.
It simply means that these trips will become "cliquey" and newcomers will feel like outsiders.
Whew - As a UK participant, I'm glad you are not running it.
Keep in mind that 2006 was one trip (50 spots), this year there are 3 trips (150 spots). I don't think anyone from the UK Trip is planning to go on all 3, maybe Jeff or Derek who frequently travel with R&E anyway and help out.
Most of us took a chance spending between $3,000-$4,000 a per person putting our faith in an unproven system.
As far as being cliquey R&E had a core of 5-6 people they knew beforehand on the UK trip and many of us newbies to traveling with R&E had similar concerns. R&E did a great thing in creating the exclusive UK Trip message boards and most people got a chance to learn the personalities and quirks of others before the trip.
What's to stop a trip from being cliquey if it is all newcomers and in signing up there are ten friends from California, and four mates from the UK, and three couples who know each other from Chicago.