“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau
If you’ve ever been on a group trip for a wedding, leisure or business you know that it can be a trying time. Plan your next group trip with the following tips in mind which can help alleviate tension amongst group members and salvage relationships. Vacation is supposed to be an adventure and whether you know it or not, traveling in a group can be a wild ride!
1. Communicate and coordinate
If everyone has a general idea of where you are staying, how you are getting to your accommodations, and optional recreational activities things will go pretty smoothly. If you plan on sharing a rental car make your companions aware of your schedule and be considerate. If you plan on renting a house, make sure there is plenty of room to sprawl out.
2. Make a budget
Everyone has different expectations and different vacation habits. Some people plan to go out to eat everyday on vacation while others prefer eat in. Obviously there is nothing wrong with either! Be honest with yourself and your budget and don't get guilted into a night on the town when you aren't sure you can afford it.
3. Plan solo time
Regardless of if you've traveled with the members of the group before or not, traveling can have its tense and stressful moments. When one of these arises, remove yourself from the situation before you say or do something you may regret, remember you are an adult. Use this time to explore on your own, lounge by the pool, or take a walk. Sometimes alone time works everything out and you can return with a clear head focused on the future rather than the past.
4. Act like an adult
When money, expectations, and stress intersect it can be tough to not get into some deep conversations. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable conversation I recommend the no comment route regardless of if you agree or disagree with the speaker. Elaborating on the topic will continue the conversation when all you want to do is end it. Change the subject and keep on rocking in the free world.