3 Tips for Having Fun While Travelling In a Group
Travelling : Those people who love travelling, mixing things up by travelling in a large group may seem like a great way to add another level of adventure to your trip. However, when planning group travel, keep in mind that you may have to go about things much differently than when planning to travel by yourself or with a small group of people.
Because group travel brings up many different challenges than travelling with less people, here are three tips to help save your sanity while still enjoying your trip to the max.
Clear The Distinction Between Vacationing and Travelling
As Megan Douglas of Orbitz.com explains, there is a big difference between vacationing and travelling, and if you haven’t clearly defined what your trip is meant for within your group, there could be a lot of miscommunication and hurt feelings while on your trip. To make sure there is no question about the point of your trip, be sure to sit down with your group before you leave in order to get your goals defined.
If you’re vacationing, your main objective is to relax at your destination. This means that your schedule is likely to be more fluid and there isn’t a high priority set on seeing or experiencing certain things. On the other hand, traveling usually entails getting a bigger sense of the area’s culture, activities and food, necessitating a slightly more regimented timeline and itinerary. While both plans are great, it’s good to know what you’re getting yourself into with your group before you get to your destination.
Create Your Own Travel Bucket List
Because it’s very hard to please everyone in a large group, it’s good for each member of your group to have their own list of things they’d like to see or experience on your trip. By having your own “bucket list” of activities or sights, you can ensure that you get the most out of your trip. Don’t be afraid to split off from the group every now and then to make sure you get to take advantage of the trip.
While this is a great tip, sometimes it just can’t be done. There will be times where you just can’t fit in all you want to do while you’re traveling with a group. Because this is a possibility, Ed Hewitt of Independent Traveler recommends for people to plan multiple trips to the same location if they have an extensive list of things they’d like to accomplish there. This will make it easier for you to enjoy the trip and the group you’re traveling with without feeling stressed about your schedule and timeline.
Choose Destinations That Are Group-Friendly
To have the most successful experience in your group travel, strive to pick a destination that easily lends itself to group travel. While this can be a specific destination city or country, Jason La of the LA Times suggests considering using your group travel experience as a chance to go on a specific tour or take a cruise. Because this form of traveling is frequently all-inclusive and scheduled out for you, the chances of there being fights over how to spend your time are greatly decreased, making for a smoother and more fun traveling experience.
Traveling is a great way to get to know an area and culture better, and this trip can be even more fun when you take it with people you love. So to make the most of your group travel, use the tips mentioned above to avoid potential problems while on the road.