Most people nowadays keep in touch with friends only through social networks. After all, the daily rush is so great that there is little time left to fraternize and make group trips. But, who knows, now is not the time to get this project off paper?
When going on vacation with loved ones, it’s possible to relax, have fun and rescue the bond of friendship, so important for our lives. However, for everything to happen smoothly, it is necessary to have a lot of dialogue and organization.
Thinking about it, we have prepared this post with some tips that you can’t help but consider when making group trips. Taking some care, it is much easier to make the most of the attractions, enjoy nature and return home with recharged energy and great memories. Keep up!
What to take into account when making group trips
No matter how well you get along with the people you choose to travel with, some day-to-day details can end up generating stress. Division of costs, tour options, choice of restaurants and even room sharing at the time of staying can generate some confusion, if the organization is not done in the open.
Check below what you can’t help but do when organizing group trips.
- Set a goal for the trip
When it comes to the group, what cannot be missing is negotiation. And that’s valid from the moment you define the purpose of the trip. This is because one person may be anxious to go on vacation just to relax and another may be counting the hours to make the most of all the adventure options or have the big dream of making a dive or float, for example.
In order not to generate false expectations in anyone, it is important that the objective of the trip be defined together, considering the available budget, physical preparation of each member of the group, characteristics of the chosen destination and the style of the class as a whole.
- Get to know the people
Group travel is a situation that requires a lot of tolerance in order to make the best use of holidays. Therefore, it is essential to know well the people you will travel with, their tastes and preferences, especially when it comes to a trip of ecotourism, where the options for fun are so varied.
Evaluate, still during the organization and planning, if the group is willing to negotiate and if the issues are solved in a calm and harmonious way. Because nobody wants to go on vacation and return with a broken friendship, right?
- Have a budget approved by everyone
The financial part of a group trip is one of the most delicate. The first step is to choose which person will be responsible for managing the budgets and costs of the trip. And it is essential that it is someone very organized and willing to do the task. The leader should also have the insight to negotiate discounts and study ways to share the costs, taking into account the particularities of the group.
- Diversify your routing options
In the case of a large and heterogeneous class, it is essential to vary the itinerary options, so that people can organize themselves in smaller groups and enjoy the trip the way they like best.
In this way, those who prefer adrenaline can take a risk in a zip line, others can take long walks and the more reflective can simply contemplate the landscape. The important thing is to research all the attractions of the destination well in advance, so that every day of the trip is used to the maximum, the way each one prefers.
- Divide the tasks
So that no one in the group is overwhelmed with the organization, a good practice is to divide the tasks during the trip into groups. If one person is going to be responsible for the financial part, choose another to take care of the transportation.
In the same way, another member can be in charge of shopping at the supermarket, another for preparing the daily food, a third for the children’s snack, and so on. It is also interesting that someone is responsible for checking if it is necessary to provide protective items and equipment for the outings, such as sunscreen, neoprene clothes and snorkel.
- Reserve your free time
When we go on holiday to a totally new place, it is normal to make a very extensive itinerary, with all the cultural options of leisure and adventure available. However, it is also interesting to leave some periods free, to be filled during the trip.
Acting this way, the group has the opportunity to make a great discovery through the information obtained with the local residents and can even extend a tour that has become much more pleasant than expected. After all, nobody wants to be forced to interrupt a pleasant activity in the middle because it is already time for the next tour.
As you’ve seen, it’s possible to make group trips that are very pleasant, fun and that become special for everyone involved. And the key to success is lots of negotiation, dialogue and transparency. Acting like this, surely your next vacation with friends will be unforgettable!