If your dreams of travelling are with your family or close friends, yet you lack the travel planning knowledge to make the trip as seamless as possible, you have come to the right place.
This guide will share with you all of the best tips to make your next big group holiday as stress-free as it can possibly be.
🤍 Choose the perfect accommodation
When you are travelling in a group, the accommodation and transportation can be the most challenging things to organise and book.
On the topic of accommodation, you will want to find a place that will cater to all needs and allow you to spend quality time together without it feeling too intense and claustrophobic.
Should you be someone that is looking at renting entire homes for their holidays, then there is no better place than a sunny destination. Florida, Miami, Greece, Spain, and other destinations have incredible homes to cater for entire families. Choosing a sunny destination will allow you to enjoy the outside as much as the inside. Should you have to stay inside all day, then sharing a home might feel a bit claustrophobic or less spacious. Therefore, choosing a sunny destination will ensure that you get a lot of use out of the accommodation while feeling free with your friends and family.
Furthermore, if you are travelling to a cooler destination or a city, then you will likely need to find a hotel. To do so, ensure that the hotel has enough rooms to accommodate your group size. If there is a large group and all are in couples, then you will need to ensure that the hotel has enough rooms available to cater for everyone.
Making sure it is in a good location will ensure that you do not have to travel via public transport too often too, which will make the trip much easier so that you can walk everywhere and not travel in huge groups every day.
🤍 Book your transport in advance
For transportation, this is something that you will need to do lots of planning for too. Booking it way ahead of time will ensure that everyone has a seat and their details in place so that everyone knows where to go and is responsible for their own ticket.
If you are travelling with children, then make sure to choose one responsible adult to look after the tickets. Allowing one person to have the responsibility of looking after the tickets will make sure that they are all in place and ready to go.
Booking transportation in advance should also help you save money and not pay extortionate prices. For large groups, it is sometimes asked that a deposit is paid. Hence, booking it in advance will ensure that the booker and payer will collect everyone’s money and not be out of pocket.
🤍 Group transfer
Once you arrive at your destination (by train or plane), you will need to find a way to get from A to B. It will be cheaper and more organised to sort a group transfer. A large bus or minivan will ensure that everyone can arrive at the accommodation together and not get left behind.
Organising multiple taxis or cars is an option too. Yet, it can cause a lot of stress.
🤍 Build a daily schedule
When you are travelling in a group, it is challenging to have a fulfilling time with a lack of itinerary. Therefore, to make group travel stress-free and to fulfil, it is a smart idea to build a daily schedule.
A daily schedule will allow you to organise the activities and ensure that the trip will be satisfactory for everyone. It is a good idea to allow only one or two people to organise the schedule. Otherwise, things could get complicated. Yet, do make sure to ask others for their opinion.
Ahead of time, it is a good idea to ask everyone what they would like to do. This will allow you to build a satisfactory schedule so that nobody feels left out or disappointed.
🤍 Consider everyone’s budget
When you are travelling in a group, especially if it involves more adults than children, you need to consider everyone’s budget. Although everyone might have comfortably paid for the transport and accommodation, they might not have a lot left for food and activities.
Before you travel, it can be a wise idea to ask everyone how much they can afford to spend. The last thing you will want to do is book activities that some people cannot afford, which would result in everyone losing out on their booking money or leaving a few people out.
If there are some people with much smaller budgets, it can be a good idea to ask if they are okay to be left out. Or, find cheaper alternatives so that everyone can be involved.
Likewise, when various budgets are taken into consideration, you will need to find food spots that can cater for all. Again, it wouldn’t be fair to book luxury restaurants if there are some people that can only afford a small amount to spend on food every day.
🤍 Look for companies that offer group discounts
There are a fair few travel companies that can offer discounts for groups. Therefore, it is a smart idea to keep a lookout for those. Should you be able to attain a discount by choosing one company over another, then it would make financial sense to do so.
Should you want to book an activity or an accommodation that doesn’t show a group discount, then there is no harm in asking. You might be surprised and find that they offer you a decent discount simply because you asked. This could even persuade them to offer future discounts for your next destinations, which means you can continue to enjoy stress-free group travel and save money. Saving money will cause everyone less stress, as it means they can save money or use it for other activities to enhance their trip.