Vacations are glamorized to no end, and while they’re necessary and a welcome break from our daily routine, for the one whose planning things out, it’s nothing short of a nightmare. Whether you’re jetting off to the Bahamas or heading over to Orlando for a luxury vacation, a little planning and strategizing goes a long way.
It’s even trickier if you’re in charge of planning a large group vacation, such as a family trip that is multi-generational. Or you’re planning a trip with some friends and have to consider everyone’s needs, budgetary restrictions and more.
When planning a trip together, keep in mind the following tips:
1. Research everything you need to know
You’ve decided on a place and a general idea of when this trip fits into everyone’s schedule, but now comes the hard part. You should research everything you can, from the general climate and the weather when you plan to go to the main attractions and tourist sites. Find out about major events happening in the city, in case there’s something that interests you, and what the must-try food places are.
Learn about commuting around town, especially if you’re a large group, and look into private transport options. It’s better to be over-prepared than to be under-prepared.
2. Set a budget that everyone is comfortable with
Now that you have a location and dates decided, a fair idea of the things you plan to do and other potential costs, draw up a budget. The biggest advantage of traveling as a group is that there is power in numbers and you can enjoy that in the form of shared transport, accommodation, group discounts, food offers, and more. If you’re traveling as families, go over the cost each family will incur depending on size, for instance, or split everything equally.
3. Book ahead of time for everything
Booking ahead of time is crucial to saving cash and securing the best deals. Whether these are airline tickets or tickets to events, prices tend to go up the longer you wait. This also includes making reservations at your accommodation.
4. Don’t compromise on accommodation
Speaking of accommodation, it’s hard to find the perfect place to stay when you’re with various people, which is why you should get a vacation home. Perfect for larger groups, these homes come packed with amenities, entertainment, privacy, and space, all the while making coordination easier.
5. Let everyone contribute to the itinerary but keep room for alone time
This is very important; multi-generational trips or group travels in general mean you should cater to what everyone wants to do. Maybe in addition to a trip to Disney, you can also schedule in a ball game or museum tours, or cross off food joints from your list. Let everyone, including the teens, kids, and elderly have a say.
While a general itinerary is good to have, it’s alright to let loose too. Maybe someone wants a little alone time to go out and explore the city; the couples might want a romantic getaway; grandma and grandpa may want to relax on their own; the teens may want to go out and party a little. Be open, and you’re guaranteed a stress-free time.
Plan but don’t micromanage—make this your motto, and it’ll all be alright! It’s your vacation, too, so you deserve to have fun.