Group holidays are a fantastic idea, your friends or family all together in one place, at one time, which in today’s busy lifestyles can be a rarity. What could be better than spending a well-deserved break with your loved ones? The organisation of this many people can be a little tricky, so here is a helpful guide to help you avoid any disagreements or challenges when you begin to plan your time away, trying to keep everyone happy is key! Our beach view holiday park will make the perfect location.
Although it is easy to spot and know the most organised person in the group, don’t leave it to them to do all the work, the holiday is a chance for them to rest and enjoy their selves too. Try not to rely on their skills too much, spread the weight of the arranging throughout the group.
To avoid overloading one person with jobs, as we mentioned in tip one, it is a great idea to give each person in the group their own element to research and part to organise. Accommodating each individual interest and working to their strengths will give you the best experience possible. So, if you have a foodie amongst your group, why not let them choose the restaurants? If you have a keen walker, then let them choose the hiking routes you take. If you have a mechanic or motor enthusiast, let them arrange the car hire.
The planning stage is usually the most difficult, as everyone is likely to want to do something slightly different, but you have a limited number of days on holiday, so a final decision needs to be made before you go. Choices should be made democratically, have each person suggest up to three activities they would like to do and get them to provide and share as much information as possible on that activity so that everyone is equally informed. You can then collectively make a vote of which attractions you would all like to go to together.
When you have made the vital decisions, the booking stage comes next. Choose an evening you are all free and make a night of the process. Share a meal, maybe a drink and get booking. When you are all together in person, it makes organising appropriate dates and payments much easier. It removes the ‘I owe you’s.’
Everyone going on your group holiday is likely to have a different budget. It is important to consider that not everybody will be able to afford the same thing. If you don’t do this, some members maybe expecting lavish meals out, while others will be thinking more about the local café. A limit could be set on how much you are willing to pay for attractions or how much a main meal is in a restaurant. Obviously, if you happen to be out shopping or go off and do your own thing for a day, it is completely up to that individual how they spend.
Once you’ve agreed upon your itinerary, try to stick to it. When you’ve spent so long planning and budgeting to come to a collective agreement, your itinerary will have been designed to meet all members. Things can get confusing, and people can get annoyed when there is a change in a plan. It is also difficult to give a large group direction, or even get everybody out of the door at the same time; the plan will make these things much easier. Include in your itinerary a backup plan, ideas of what to do if it’s raining or taxi numbers of cars nearby to your attraction.
Group holidays are all about compromise. There might be times when you feel like you need some time alone, to stay at the accommodation to read a book or listen to music which fine if you don’t mind missing out on the agreed activity. Or if you’re off to the theme park, sitting down and having a coffee rather than going on the rides is great too! Sub groups are a great way to please more people if some of you want to head to the beach and others want to go shopping, split the group up and then you will all be happy.