When vacationing with family, parents often find themselves doing more work than they do in their everyday lives; the responsibilities that come along with vacationing with your family can turn a relaxing time into something that feels like a full-time job. Modern-day parents realize this, and they are starting to put a unique spin on their vacation plans. They are inviting friends and family along, and they are traveling as a large group.
Traveling with friends, family and all of their children may seem like a hassle, but when you break down your itinerary, you’ll see that this type of travel has a lot of advantages. You get group discounts, your children have playmates, you can share planning duties and you always have someone there to watch your children; this gives you the leisure time that you need to enjoy your trip.
Planning a group trip can be difficult, but when you follow these tips, it won’t be any harder than planning a trip for your immediate family:
You may have a lot in common with your friends, but if you have different vacationing styles, it tends to make your group vacation uncomfortable. Before you commit to a group vacation, talk to the other people who you are planning on going with. If you think you may be compatible, take a day-trip together; if you get along, you may want to consider a group trip, but if you butt heads, you want to avoid taking an extended vacation with them.
Pick a Person to be in Charge
When planning a group vacation, it makes sense to leave one or two people in charge of planning; this is less confusing, and it makes conflict less likely. The people in charge should coordinate activities, book rooms and buy tickets. If you spread responsibilities out too much, it gets confusing, and most of the time, nothing gets done.
Get a Group Discount
It’s easy to get great rates when you travel as a large group. For example, there are lots of London hotels that will give you a discount when you book many rooms at one time; you simply need to call them up and ask them what their group rates are. You get to enjoy an expensive room at a discount, and you get tons of space for your group when all of your rooms are located near each other.
If your group is large enough, you can even book a whole small bed-and-breakfast, so it’s like having a hotel just for your group. When doing this, make sure to work with a manager; regular staff may not have the ability to book that many rooms in one block. This also works for amusement parks and activities, so it never hurts to call ahead and ask.
Choose a Good Destination
When booking a group trip, it’s important to consider everyone’s likes and dislikes before choosing your destination. You need to remember that this trip is for everyone, so you don’t want to book one solely on your personal interests. Make compromises, and make sure to discuss your destination with everyone involved.
Booking a group vacation is a great way to save money, and when you go on one, you have tons of friends with you, so it makes your vacation that much better. Family vacations are fun, but when you start going on group trips, the sense of friends and family surrounding you makes it hard to go back to the lonely and stressful vacations that you used to take.