Going on a vacation with your family is not the same as going on a vacation with your significant other and is way different from traveling with your school, college, or work colleagues. Let’s focus our attention on traveling with the group. What do you need to know?
First of all, it is important to make your voice heard regarding your priorities on the trip, but it is even more important to really listen to what others want to do. Do you want to spend the vacation in the clubs or on the beach? Are you interested in seeing the sites? How many of you would like to go shopping?
The point is to come up with a plan that will please everyone. That sounds downright impossible, doesn’t it? It is achievable, though. If the whole group wants to go to a museum and you want to sleep in, there is no reason for you to go there, provided you can take care of yourself until you meet again. Discuss your options and try to respect everyone’s input.
In a bigger group, it is astoundingly easy to lose a traveler or two. It is important to have a friend that will always be with you in case you get lost. This is important as it will become easier for the group to locate you if you’re in a pair rather than alone. Also, the potential perils of traveling are less likely to happen to someone if they are not alone.
Having a travel buddy also helps you out as it helps you better organize your resources until help arrives. See how much food, drink, and money you have, as well as whether one of you can contact the group or speak the local language.
Don’t Get too Ambitious
The thing with group travel is that you depend on the group. In other words, you will probably not be able to get up at five, see three galleries and four museums, have a slice of pizza for lunch, and pop on over to the neighboring country in an attempt to do the same there in the limited amount of time you have at your disposal.
It is far more likely that you will need, or have to account for, a lot of downtime. People get tired easily and, whether you are chaperoning a group of your own or are just trying to get by with your agenda, you must recognize the fact that vacation means different things for different people.
Always have a bit of extra money for emergencies. That being said, clear with the group who pays for what in terms of clubbing, museums, transportation, and so on. If you are close with your group, you can leave out the expenses until the end of the trip, but that is reserved for your friends and family, not someone you don’t know from Adam.
You could also try saving money and planning your tour by hiring an agency or a guide to plan out your tours for you. Who knows – there might be some group discounts involved.