Travel Tips For Large Groups

travel large groupsTraveling with large groups can be both fun and stressful at the same time.  There is nothing better than sharing memorable experiences with ones that you care deeply about.  However, sometimes too much of one thing can be a bad thing.  Stress begins to set in when a large group of people spend too much time together.

Often times people are not prepared for possible outcomes that can sour the fun filled trip.  If you consider our tips on traveling with large groups, then your next vacation with your friends or family will be a success. These tips are intended to relieve the stress and make for a worry free vacation with people you love.

Travel With People Who Share Similar Interests

When planning a vacation for a large group of people, you’ll want to surround yourself with people who share common interests.  This may be difficult depending upon the amount of people on the trip, but when everyone shares similar interests it makes for a rather easy going vacation.  When the group has common interests, it will be easy to decide what to do, where to eat, and how you will spend your time on the trip.

Schedule Time For Setbacks

When flying with a large group, the best advice is to plan your itinerary 30-60 minutes ahead of the desired time, just in case there are any hiccups with arriving to the airport, checking luggage, and getting through security.  Traveling with a large number of people increases your chances for things to go wrong.  If you don’t foresee possible mistakes that can alter your plans, then you might run the risk of missing the flight

It’s Okay To Separate

If you’ve ever traveled before with a group of people, then you might have felt like you always had to do everything together.  This is not the case! It’s okay to break off in smaller groups if people are wanting to do different things.  It’s important to have at least one or two days where everyone has their own time for themselves.  Sometimes spending too much time together can ruin what’s suppose to be a fun trip.  There’s no need to feel guilty if you need some space and want to venture off on your own or with other people.

Budget Correctly and Pay Accordingly

One thing that will definitely tarnish a vacation is arguing over money.  Before you go, you’ll want to create a budget for everything that’s on the itinerary.  Money should be discussed up front and prior to the trip, that way no one feels like they are being taken advantage of.  Rather than paying others with cash or writing checks, you can electronically pay others via pay-pal or Venmo.  This is especially helpful for dinner and drinks as it can be extremely difficult to separate the checks.  Have one person pay with their card, and everyone else at the table can pay them back with just one tap on their mobile phone.

Have Help Ready

This tip doesn’t apply if you are staying in a resort, because you will have help on site for problems that may occur at your place.  For those who decide to stay at an AirBnB, cabin, relative’s or friend’s house, you’ll want to have phone numbers of local businesses like in case you experience a problem with plumbing, damage to the home, electrical issues, or anything else that may go wrong during your stay.  These business owners will save you money in the long run by avoiding fees for damages that may have occurred during your stay.