Group holidays are great fun, whether you are two young families planning on going away together, or a group of friends looking to spend a week or two hanging out and exploring a new place. The saying goes ‘the more the merrier’ and this is true to holidaying as a group. What’s better than being around your friends and family, than having them all there to make special memories with you? Modern day life can make catching up a challenge, getting everyone in one place, at one time can seem all too rare. Which is why a group holiday is the perfect answer, a week-long, stress-free get together, for making memories that will last a lifetime.
Group holidays take much more organisation than a last-minute break away for two. Everyone needs to be on the same page. Before any planning begins, the date you’re thinking of going and whether attendees can get the same time off work is one of the first things to arrange, once the time has been agreed, the rest of the planning can commence. An agreement on the accommodation type is also something that needs to be deliberated early as if someone has the expectation of a camping holiday, yet another thinks they’re going to stay in a hotel, a few problems may arise.
All too often, group activities are left up to one member. Usually, this is because they are perceived to the rest of the group to be the most organised and productive. Try not to let this happen to your group; the organisation shouldn’t be left to one person, as that individual has just as much right to relax and look forward to the holiday as the rest of the team. Planning can be stressful, and it can take a lot of time. If the tasks are split and allocated to various people in the group, the list of things to organise gets much smaller, and no individual is left with a mountain of tasks. One person could oversee organising the car hire, while another could oversee booking places to eat and so on.
Regular meetings are required during the planning stages to ensure everyone feels as though they are being kept in the loop and that they aren’t missing out. By making sure everyone feels part of the process and are contributing something to the team, they are more likely to get enjoyment out of the organisation and planning stages.
If you can’t regularly meet up in person, group chats on social media are a fantastic way to stay on top of what is happening within the group. It makes communication much easier and can be done instantly. Photographs and links can be shared too, this is especially useful when the group are trying to agree on activities, as it allows everyone the access to the resources, so they can make much more informed and fair decisions about how they would like to spend their time.
Try not to let anyone in the group dominate the decisions or dictate what the rest of the group will do while they’re away. Each decision should be unanimous, something that everyone has carefully considered together and have all come to an agreement on. This will ensure that each person feels they have had their say and that their ideas have been heard.
A great way to choose which attractions to go for is to all select two day trips or activities they would like to do while they’re away. Once all the ideas have been collected, individuals can cast a vote on which activities they would like to do the most. The activities with the highest number of people who have chosen them will win, and those will be the activities that will be booked for the holiday. This way, the majority vote wins, making it much easier to plan your days away, knowing that everyone has had a say and agreed upon what they’d like to do.
Things to consider:
Everyone has a different budget, which can make holidaying together a little tricky. Although difficulties can be avoided if an agreed spending limit is decided. A spending limit could be applied to how much you’re going to pay for the accommodation, how much you will pay for an evening meal at a restaurant or how much for a day trip. By doing so, no one needs to be embarrassed when the bill comes out.
Not everyone needs to be together every minute, every hour of the holiday. It’s likely that there will be days where the group separates, whether that’s for some alone time, or for a sub group to do an activity that other members of the group aren’t keen on. These types of compromises ensure that each person within the group remains happy, as they also get to do their own thing, as well as being involved in the group activities. For example, if some of the members of the group fancied a spa day, but others wanted to go and play golf, the group could split for a few hours and meet back together in the evening.
Do you have any group holiday planning tips that you can share with us? We’d love to hear your advice on making the process as smooth and enjoyable as possible, let us know via our social media channels. If a group holiday is set to become a regular thing, why not take a look at our variety of Wales caravans for sale? Providing you all with the perfect base, with all your home comforts to hand.