No matter how great a group vacation with family and/or friends might appear to be, it certainly isn’t for everyone. Ideally, lots of rest and relaxation in a wonderful new setting will bring everyone together in wonderful ways, but sometimes, it can do the opposite.
The last thing that anyone wants is to be stuck on the trip from hell that results in disappointments, arguments and maybe even sadly severed relationships. But it does not have to be that way. Here are a few tips to consider when planning a group vacation.
Don’t Just Assume Everyone Can Afford the Same Things
When planning a group vacation, you need to keep all parties involved in mind at all times. As great as that swanky five-star resort on an exotic island someplace might sound, it might not be feasible for all traveling. If that seems to be the case – and you will have to be tactful here – try to brainstorm a destination that will work for everyone without anyone having to feel embarrassed about the state of their finances.
Don’t Do Group Vacation IOU’s
As the group leader, you may be in a position to charge the trip yourself and then agree to take IOU’s and promises to pay later, just so everything can be sorted out quickly. The best advice? Do not even think about it.
This idea, while generous and perhaps even practical, is extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, some might take advantage of your kindness, and not pay. Therefore, leaving you out-of-pocket and possibly arguing with someone you may be close to. Which is even worse.
Do Look for Those Great Group Rates
Wherever you will be travelling as a group there is an excellent chance that you will be able to score group discounts and perks. These discounts often don’t just apply to room rates but also to things like food and drink, activities, local transportation and more. Why settle for paying full price when there is likely to be money out there to save?
Do Make Your Fun A Priority
Group trips can be great, but this is your vacation. Make sure that you don’t get so wrapped up in being the leader, and worrying about everyone else, that you forget to have fun yourself.
Maybe there will be one or two members of your party who don’t feel like going along with everyone else today. That’s OK, let them do their thing while you do yours, everybody does not have to be in each other’s pockets for the whole trip. In fact, it’s often better when they are not.
Don’t Go It Alone
Something else to seriously consider is working with a third-party expert travel agent who can make planning less of a hassle. Yes you have to pay a little for their expertise, but in the end, it is often worth the money for the hassle they save and the extras and perks they can score for you.