Travelling In Groups: Advice
Travelling and seeing different parts of this world in all their glory is a dream and a fantasy for many of us. But as much as we have nomadic instincts kicking inside of us from back in the day, we are also social animals, and too much solo travelling can easily leave one lonely and longing for companionship on a deeper level.
Why not get the best of both worlds, and plan a trip with a bunch of people you admire and esteem? The bigger the better, the more the merrier, right?
Travelling in groups can truly be indeed the best of both worlds, if it’s done right. Here are some tips to make the absolute best out of your upcoming group trip or trips:
Get Your Accomodations Straight:
Accomodations can be a bigger problem the bigger the group size gets. Whereas the solo traveler can sort out his or her lodging situation in a matter of even just a few minutes, bigger groups require a little more planning, and this gets exponentially more complicated the more the group moves around.
Entities such as party houses specialize in all aspects of what is large group accommodation. They are also good at helping you get around in groups (pro tip: ordering multiple Ubers from the middle of nowhere isn’t going to cut it!)
It’s also a good idea to designate one or two people in your group who will be trusted to handle these matters properly. If you try to book accomodations for dozens of people doing it democratically, you will never even get off the ground !
Choose The Right Group:
This is a very common and potentially serious error when travelling in groups. It’s very important to select a group of people who have very similar preferences and mindsets regarding a lot of things. A friend who may be a great friend to hang out with may not be the best person to travel with. It’s amazing sometimes how little we know about each other and how these issues become critical when travelling. Here are some points to remember:
-You will be eating out a lot together and you don’t want the group constantly fragmenting because of eating preferences. Make sure everybody’s eating habits are at least similar.
-Schedule is another big issue. If you are a real morning person, for example, don’t plan a trip with a bunch of people who like to sleep in to noon when you are going to be wanting to do those tours that start an early hour!
–Budget is another key issue. Make sure people are all on the same page with how much things are going to cost. It’s incredibly frustrating to have someone not want to go downmarket on lodgings or food etc, or on the other hand have someone roped into paying for what they can’t really afford.