A group holiday can be a make or break occasion for friends and family. If you’ve got one planned or are thinking about organising one this year there are some golden rules you need to follow. Group trips can and should be fun experiences, so here are some tips to ensure you and your friends make the most of your time together.
- Allow Yourself Some Time Alone
If your holiday destination is one of the many luxury villas in the Balearic Islands,you’ve got the perfect opportunity to comply with this rule. Villa holidays are perfect because there’s always plenty of space for people to enjoy some time alone if they want to. There are no set meal times, and the schedule is always going to be flexible.
- Managing Money
It’s all too easy for an argument to start over money when you’re on holiday together as a group. Part of the holiday planning should include sitting down and agreeing on how big the budget is. It stops one member of the group dining out on champagne dinners while everyone else is making dinner at the holiday villa. It’s also going to help if you all pay your way and split any bills evenly.
- Be Prepared to Compromise
There are going to be times when you’re not up for a walk around the local market or craft shops. You might prefer to spend a day hiking in the mountains rather than chilling on the beach. There’s little point in sticking your heels in and expecting everyone else to change their plans. Sometimes it’s better to go with the flow, hoping that you’ll get to do what you want later in the trip.
- Assign Responsibilities
The best way to organise a group holiday is to assign responsibilities from the very beginning. If you’re flying to your holiday destination, one person can be responsible for looking after everything to do with the flights, such as airport transfers and making the booking. Another person can be responsible for all the accommodation aspects. Organising the itinerary is a bit of a big task for one person, but you could split it up and allocate a day per person. That way, everyone will get at least one day when they get to do what they want.
- Be Considerate
When you’re holidaying as a group, there’s no room for anyone who only thinks about themselves. A group holiday is for exploring and doing things together. If there’s an itinerary do your best to stick to it and not keep everyone waiting around because you forgot to set your alarm. If you’re sharing villa accommodation, clean up after yourself and keep the noise down when the kids have gone to bed. Hanging out together can be great fun but only when you’re considerate of each other.
One last tip is to be flexible and adaptable whenever it’s required. While you might have an itinerary that has been agreed to, unforeseen events can occur. If everyone is open-minded and are prepared to go with the flow when required, there will be less upset.