Tips for Travelling with a Large Group

Traveling with a large group of people can be a very stressful situation.  You are likely to get group discounts if you have a large group and you always have others around to share in activities with you when you travel with a large group but there are also major disadvantages in this situation.  Some of these disadvantages include having to organize a large group before you head out to a restaurant or an entertainment venue.  You also have more people around which means there are more opinions about what the group should be doing.  This can all make for a very stressful trip but there are a few tips for making the most of travel with a large group.

Organizing a large group for any activity can be extremely difficult.  If you are traveling with several other people and plan to meet up for meals or other activities it is very likely that there will be a few stragglers who arrive late at each meeting time.  This can be very frustrating for those who are typically on time for meetings.  If it is the same individuals who are always late, you might consider giving them an early meeting time than everyone else to account for their lateness resulting in them arriving late for the time you told them but on time to meet with everyone else.  If the stragglers are not usually the same people, it may just be time to accept the fact that others will always be late and to try to be understanding of their situation.  You might also suggest meeting at the location of the restaurant so that those who are punctual can order drinks and appetizers while they are waiting for the others to arrive.  Or if you are going to an entertainment location together you can arrange to meet at the facility so that you can enjoy the entertainment while you wait for the rest of your group to arrive.

Another tip for traveling with a large group is to have a meeting beforehand to discuss the itineraries.  This will give everyone the opportunity to voice their opinions so that no one feels as though they didn’t have any say in the group activities.  Voting on what you will do each day or having each day be decided by a smaller group of the whole party is a fair way to decide on activities.

Arranging for time for the group to break into smaller groups or for individuals to enjoy their own activities is also important.  If you and the other members of your party spend the entire trip together you are likely to drive each other crazy.  For this reason it is important to schedule some downtime where there are no group activities. 

A large group is likely to consist of several age groups and this should be remembered when planning activities.  For example a group volleyball tournament may not be the best option if there are several elderly members of the group.  Likewise a trip to hear a symphony play may not be a great activity if there are very young children in the group.  Although they may enjoy the music initially it is highly unlikely that they will have the attention span to enjoy the entire show. 

Traveling with a large group can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be.  If you and the other members in the group plan well and are considerate of each other you may find that a group vacation can be very enjoyable. 

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