Traveling with your friends is one of the best experiences you will ever have, as you spend quality time together and make fun memories that are sure to last a lifetime. However, if you have never been on vacation with a group before, you may be in need of some help and advice on how to make the experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
While it is normal to feel a sense of excitement for the upcoming trip, you might also feel apprehension in the hope that it all goes to plan. In this guide, we’re going to take a look at how you can make your first group vacation with friends an experience you’ll never forget, and for all the right reasons!
Agree on a budget
Before planning any group vacation, it’s important you sit down with one another and work out a suitable budget that you’re happy with. This will determine how much you can all afford to spend on the accommodation, flights, and activities once you arrive, so no-one is left short of cash. You may need to cut back on a few ideas if people in the group are looking to spend less, which is why a group planning session beforehand is crucial.
Find a holiday destination
Another key step to the planning of a group vacation would be determining the best destination to suit your interests. Depending on how long you want your trip to be, you may be happy with a short city break, a relaxing trip to the country or perhaps a multi-stop trip, where you’ll be traveling from place to place for several weeks. It may also all depend on the occasion too. For example, if you have the job of planning a hen party for someone in your group, you will need to think about the ideal getaway where you can spend quality time together. There are plenty of hen party houses for rent that you can choose from, where up to ten guests can be accommodated, allowing for plenty of space for your celebrations, while having the element of total relaxation due to the remote location.
Create a group message
Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to stay in touch with one than one person, thanks to social media. Therefore, it would be a good idea to keep everyone up to date on news and updates by creating a group message on the likes of WhatsApp or Facebook. This way, you can instantly discuss everything from the flights to the accommodation and the itinerary, without having to wait for your next meeting. If someone is happy to take the lead with the planning, assign a group leader to oversee all the steps and ultimately, take charge. They may even decide to delegate tasks to each person, in the group so that it doesn’t fall on one person’s shoulders.
Start saving the spare coins
One way to cut down the costs once you arrive at your destination would be to start saving spare coins to add to a pot, which can be used to purchase food and drinks once you arrive. This should only be spent when the whole of the group is in attendance and makes sure that everyone contributes fairly. If this won’t necessarily work, think of other ways you can share expenses.