Group travels are more fun and tedious. Know why!
Be it family holidays or a weekend getaway with friends; you need to prepare yourself for it mentally. It cannot be compared to a solo trip in the wild because many factors are there which do not come up when all you have to deal with is your desires and requirements. Some of these factors are mentioned below:
- Travel and accommodation
- Attractions and activities
- Availability on specific dates
- Overall budget
- Choice of destinations
And many more.
Apart from the itinerary, your mindset needs to accept the fact that you need to consider the suggestions and feelings of others as well. Some incredible tips to mentally prepare yourself are mentioned below:
- Be patient
Just like any get-together, being patient is something that you need to learn. Travelling with your loved ones can be devastating because not everyone has the same opinions as yours. Arguments, fights and even stupid questions can provoke you to lose your temper. However, it is advisable to be patient with them. As the trip planner, you need to be prepared for such situations and know how to handle them with care.
- Be open-minded
If you are going for hen weekends or ordinary stressbuster getaways with your loved ones, then you need to be open-minded about their opinions as well. Not everyone would want to go to the strip dance or some specific adventure activity. In cases like these, you have to put aside your ego and consider their choices. This will reduce the possible arguments among you all.
The primary step of communication is to listen to the other person. Period! Don’t be a know-it-all when you are planning a group trip because that is not the correct way to go about it. You have to keep your ears open at all times, i.e. listen to what others have to say about the destinations that you have picked or the sites that are being chosen. Not everyone desires to go for a Marbella hen do; some of you may wish to visit Amsterdam instead.
- Don’t make it a one-man show
It is not just about you and your choice; try to understand that. You need to divide the responsibilities among each other to make sure everything gets taken care of with ease. Apart from being a convenient option, this also makes them feel valued and a part of the planning process. Don’t make the group a one-man show because not only will it stress you out, but will also make others angry if there is an error in the trip.
- Be flexible
You need to be flexible with the planning of the trip, i.e. not everyone can be free on a particular date or ready for a specific destination. No matter what their reason is, you can only discuss with them, but not force them with anything. Discussing the plan with them from the starting will avoid such errors; even so, if in the future, something happens which affect your itinerary, then don’t hold it against them. Everyone needs to be an equal part of the trip; you cannot demean anyone just because you were the trip planner. Your mindset and itinerary need to be flexible to ensure all your loved ones have excellent travel experience.
Be prepared to offer them value because only then will they enjoy the vacation to the fullest. No one likes a dictator ever! Period!
Naturally, you are planning a vacation to shed off stress in the best way possible. Such group travels also improve your bond with one another. Don’t feel bad about the criticism that precedes such holidays; pick yourself up and travel far away with your loved ones. It will be an incredible experience, once you are mentally ready for it. More people means more fun, more adventure and more options for food, drinks, games and parties. Make the most of your getaway!
Communicate! Decide! Enjoy!