Traveling with a big group of friends or family can either be the most fun you’ve ever had- or the most draining- depending on how well you’re prepared for it. Avoid possible personality clashes and disagreements, and still get to all the stops you have planned with the help of these group traveling tips.
Plan, Plan, Plan
This one might seem like a no-brainer since most vacations require planning. But this is especially true for group vacations because you have to think about every little detail.
Are you driving or flying? Should you chip in on a rental vehicle? How is everyone getting to and from the airport? What are your lodging options? Are their group rates? Should you make dinner reservations or tour reservations in advance?
Use Individual Strengths
Avoid giving one person in the group all of the decision making power. Or else you risk creating a control freak situation.
Plus, you want everyone to feel useful and valued because it’s their trip too, right? So, assign everyone in the group a job.
As you get underway, you will figure out who is right for what. You will need someone who is map savvy to navigate, someone who is comfortable approaching strangers and asking for directions or suggestions, someone who loves math and can handle the money, etc.
Be Patient and Flexible
Again, this is a group trip, and chances are, you won’t always be able to please everyone 100% of the time. The best approach is to be patient and flexible. Tell yourself early on that you might not get your way on everything. And that’s okay.
Have the group take votes, and let the majority rule.
Plan for Separate Activites Too
But it’s also okay to have a day where the group agrees to split up and do their own thing. That way, if you get voted out of an activity you really have your heart set on, you’re still able to do it. Don’t travel all those miles, and spend all of that money just to miss out on the one thing you want to see or do.
Or maybe you just need some quiet time to yourself. Not everyone wants to be in a group setting at all times. Take a few hours or even a whole day to explore by yourself.
Plan for Downtime
You don’t have to have the entire trip mapped out from start to finish. Some groups are overly ambitious and burn out real quick. Vacation shouldn’t be stressful.
Plan early on for downtime. Maybe agree to only do one big outing per day, and then make room for naps or lounging by the pool before you regroup for dinner.
Use An App For Splitting Expenses
Collecting everyone’s cash can get messy and confusing. You will need to split transportation, hotels, and outings. What about meals? Do you divide the cost evenly or itemize everyone’s meals and drinks. And what if someone only has their card on them?
Before the trip, search for different money apps, agree on one and have everyone download it. That way the calculating is all taken care of, and it’s one less thing to worry about.