There are pros and cons involved in travelling as a Group. Some will prefer group travel to travel by yourself, in a country where you don’t speak the language, but you must clearly understand before deciding to travel with a group, that the freedom to change your route will be limited and more planning should be done.
Here are some tips on planning group travel….
When it comes to group travel, what can be expected is obvious. If there are 12 people and vacations is for 5 days, there’s a chance that not everyone will get to do what they want to do. The easiest way to solve this is by voting. Have everyone choose one “must-see” item or one “must-do” activity and then vote on what should take place.
Don’t over do
Managing the itinerary for a large group, particularly one with children is tiring and the last thing you want to add to your vacation is a lot of stress and unhappiness. Instead of trying to cover so many places in one day, limit big outings or activities to one per day.
Have rest period
Similarly , make sure there’s time for resting during each day. Most people in the group will appreciate the chance to do their own thing whether it’s resting in bed or reading by the pool, but make sure everyone join up for dinner. But don’t plan anything for the afternoon. Your fellow travelers will appreciate it.
Make sure you make your plans as early as possible. Hotel Reservations need to be done without waiting for the last moment. Also, consider making reservations for your group at a local attraction or historical site and set up a guided tour, hopefully with a group discount rate.
Communication is the key to a successful trip. Make sure everyone in the party has the full itinerary. Make sure they all know the name of the hotel and have a plan if the group is separated by choice or by accident. Consider setting up a group text or go old school and write up a phone list or some other means of ensuring that the group can stay in touch with each other.