There is nothing worse than waiting all year to go on the holiday you planned with your best friends, only to end up not speaking afterwards. Here are some tips on planning and traveling with friends to help you not to want to kill each other at the end.
Plan Early- This is key to any successful trip, no matter how big or small. Make a list of those you wish to invite on the trip and have everyone discuss places they wish to go to, and things everyone would like to do.
Get Organised- Choose someone to be the group leader. This person can be in charge of booking the accommodations and handling any of the important documents that go along with your trip. This way everything stays in one place and no one is left searching for who did what in the end. It´s okay to assign people certain tasks, but anything booked- such as accommodation or car hire- should be sent to the person in charge for safekeeping all in one place.
Set a Budget- This is very important and is best discussed when you are picking your destination. It is essential that everyone has realistic expectations for how much the trip will cost them. This will save everyone time and money in the end.
Be Honest- You know yourself better than anyone, so be upfront with your friends about your holiday pet-peeves, if you have any. Does singing in the car drive you mad? Well, you probably don't want to be stuck driving for 9 hours with the queen of karaoke! It's best to be u front, this way you and your friends know what to expect from each other during the holiday.
Split the Fun- Do you prefer to spend your day at the lake while everyone else is touring the city sights? Don't be afraid to split up, optimising the holiday for everyone. It's understandable that everyone isn't going to want to do the same things all the time. It's best not to make a fuss about it and just enjoy yourself and let your friends enjoy themselves as well.
I hope these tips help you get the most out of planning your holidays with friends. So tell us, where are you planning your next group trip?