If this is your first time to travel with your group of friends, you might want to read this first.
Planning a trip with your friends will probably be one of the most exciting parts of your vacation because you know you are spending a time with some of the best people you know. So you are expecting that there will be no shortage of ridiculous and laugh-out-loud moments. However, it does not exactly play out that way. Stress is inevitable while planning a trip where there are different interests involved. You all have to make sure that each one is not just getting along with the plan. Remember, this isn’t just your vacation, so you need to consider what places or activities your friends want to visit.
Fortunately, there are ways to avoid arguments and tensions rising during planning. Here are tips on how you can make your first group travel out of the country is the most memorable trip you will have.
Agree on a budget range
We all know travel involves a significant amount of money, so it is best to get it out of the way. Some people would say to pick a destination first, but given that this is your first group travel, it would be best if you decide on how much each is willing to spend for an out-of-the-country trip. Remember that there are countries that require you to purchase visas and travel insurance like Australia, Japan, Korea, and Europe. This means extra expenses on top of flight tickets, travel tax, accommodation, food, and other miscellaneous fees. This budget range will function as your parameters, a money total that you are all targeting to save up for.
You can set up a travel fund where expenses for minimal fees like cab rides or amusement park fees can be taken from. What you do is put in an agreed upon amount before and during your trip. If you have saved enough for the travel fund, you can even use it to pay for the travel tax.
Pick a destination
Before anything else, consider the size of the group. If there are more than 10 people in the group and you will only be gone for a week, you can be sure that not everyone’s interests will be given equal time. To remedy this, you can decide on the type of destination you want first. Is it a tropical beach destination or a ski destination? Afterwards, have each person name one activity or attraction they want to do and then vote for it. Activities that have the majority votes will be included in the itinerary. If you find that there is still room to squeeze in one or two more, you may choose from the ones that did not make the cut.
Make sure there is time to relax
A little downtime will do everyone good, so make sure it is included in the itinerary. You will be out and about early in the morning because you want to squeeze in as many activities, which means that by the end of the day, everyone might not have the energy to spend actual bonding time with each other. So make sure that you have included a plan to just lounge around, whether it is in a cafe, the beach, the swimming pool, or even just in the rooms. You can order lots of food and play lots of parlour games.
The last thing you want to do is nominate a travel leader who will make sure everything you need for this trip has been prepared. It will have to be someone who can work under pressure since there will be a lot of you they need to think about other than them. But make it easy for your friend by following your plans and ensuring travel documents and gear are packed and ready.
Follow these tips and you will surely avoid awkward travels with your friends. Enjoy!