A group vacation can either be amazing fun or your worst nightmare.
It can be a great friendship test and you’ll hopefully come back with even stronger bonds – but it can also go the other way around.
Don’t leave everything to chance! Here are a few tips that will ensure all will go as smoothly as possible.
Spread the duties evenly.
Not only is it fairer to have one person in charge of a different thing, it is also more efficient and less tiring for the main planner. Communication is key to make sure people’s responsibilities aren’t overlapping and everyone is on the same page.
But don’t make plans too rigid.
Allow for some wiggle room and spontaneous decisions – it’s a vacation, there’s no need for excessive pressure.
Make sure there plenty of activities for the whole group to enjoy together, but remember that it’s also important to let individuals do their own thing.
Some people like to party all night, others lay by the pool the whole day and some prefer to go sightseeing – and there’s nothing wrong with that!
Share the info.
If you’re the main planner it’s important to let everyone know about every step of the process. You don’t want to risk people getting there and being surprised by something you decided without consulting everyone else.
Even if some members don’t always reply to your updates at least you’ll know that you did everything to keep people in the loop.
Try to stay in an apartment/house instead of hotel rooms.
If you get an apartment everyone gets to hangout together, which is way more fun. You also get more freedom and flexibility when it comes to things like food and drinks.
Now you have the option of staying in and saving some money or just taking the party home if all the bars are closed.
You can usually get pretty good deals for apartments and houses on sites like Airbnb. You can save money and make a more convenient and comfortable choice.
Set budgets and manage money wisely.
It’s important to talk to everyone about their budget expectations. If half of the group wants to go to the most luxurious restaurants while the other half is looking for the cheapest café in town, some problems may arise.
Talk about everyone’s goals and, once that’s all clear, consider having a shared money pot. Things like taxis, groceries and other shared expenses can be taken out of the shared amount (which can be easily topped up at any time).
This also avoids the unpleasantness of people ending up owing each other money.
Avoid controversial topics.
Sometimes it’s best to keep things light when too many egos are stuck under the same roof.
Religion and politics are two obvious topics that might get problematic, but even simpler stuff, like hashing out an old group disagreement in front of everyone, might be better left unspoken.
Be considerate of others.
Everyone has annoying traits – even you. So, if one of your friends is getting on your nerves, try to be patient. Understand everyone’s point of view – it’s better for the group morale and for your own peace of mind.
And finally: Know your limits.
Just because everyone else is leaping off a bridge it doesn’t mean you have to do it as well. Don’t jump on the bandwagon for someone else’s sake and don’t put yourself in situations where you’re uncomfortable.
Likewise, be mindful of other people’s limits and don’t force anyone to do something they don’t want to do.