Is there a secret in how to travel with a group of people??

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Maybe before it gets too late, you can make a rough itinerary of what you are planing to do? Unless both you and your Aunt go to the same place, people might have to get their own car anyway because that is a lot of people who are going to be traveling.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Earlybride:  

I don’t think there’s a “secret,” but I’ve traveled with groups of friends many times over the years and I do think it’s important to just be flexible.  Let everyone do whatever they want and have certain points that you can plan on everyone meeting up together.  There’ve been many times on trips I’ve taken that a few people have gone zip-lining while a few others have gone to the beach or shopping or sightseeing for example.   

Once you know who exactly is going with you, send out a group email asking everyone for suggestions on what they would like to do.  In that same email, throw out the the ideas you have and tell them what your plans are.  Just say “DH and I would really like to go to X, Y, and Z, if anyone is interested in joining us.”  The key is setting the mood for a flexible, relaxed trip before you even get there–that way there is no expectation of 24/7 together time and no one will wind up disappointed or angry if your schedules don’t always line up exactly.  

Another thing that always works well is to have dinner reservations most nights already set up.  That way the group can split up during the day, everyone can do their own thing, but by dinner time everyone knows where to be.  That way you get to spend your evening with your family/friends and catching up on all the events of the day.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I recently went on a cruise with 9 other people – me, my FI, four friends, and the parents/brother/sister of one of the friends.  We met/emailed several times before the trip to discuss what we wanted to do.  All of us did some research so we’d have a nice variety of options to choose from, and as a group we just decided what we’d do on all 10 days.  It worked really well – knowing what we were doing in advance helped us relax and enjoy ourselves.  

So, start by emailing everybody who’s thinking about going.  It’s OK for you to take charge, because you’re the ones who planned the trip in the first place.  Make a list of all of the things the two of you want to do, as well as the days you’d do them, and ask who would like to join in on which activities.  This will help you figure out if somebody else needs to rent a car so people can do different things.  You can also start making reservations for activities like the swamp boats and parasailing once you have a body count.

As for activities within the park, make sure everybody has a cell phone so you can keep in touch if you split up.  Set up designated times and places to meet throughout the day so you didn’t lose track of each other if people go off to do their own thing.

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