5 Tips For Planning a Group Vacation

5 Tips For Planning a Group Vacation

I have been on several vacations with my family through the years and recently went on a group vacation with five other women to Thailand. I had doubts because we never traveled together, but we all had a great time and are planning other trips for 2017 and 2018. If you’re looking into planning a group vacation with friends or family, here are five tips to keep in mind. 

Know the People in Your Group

Are the people going on your group vacation adventure seekers? History buffs? Party Goers? Do they just want to stay by the pool all day? It’s good to know the type of people you’re going on vacation with so you can plan activities, dining arrangements and have an overall good vibe on your trip. If possible, set up a group chat or check in periodically to talk about trip plans.

Group Vacation by the pool

Plan in Advanced

One of the things that made my group trips so successful because we planned them in advanced. Some were months while others were years. Advanced plans help you search for affordable airfare, save extra money and put in for the vacation ahead of time.

Set a Budget

I highly suggest you set a budget for a group vacation. Everyone’s finances aren’t the same to work out a budget that the group is comfortable with. Some things to consider are airfare, hotel, food, transportation, excursions and tipping for services.

Group Vacation budget

Research Accommodations

Going along with planning and knowing your group, accommodation research is also important when it comes to group vacations. While looking up villa rentals for our family vacation, the house needed to have at least one master bedroom on the ground floor and enough rooms for kids and couples in attendance. Look up different places for your group and make sure the location, costs, and amenities work for the majority.

Do Activities for Everyone

Find activities and excursions that everyone can agree on. Part of a group vacation is making sure everyone feels included and has a great time. Be open to trying new things and make sure to take tons of pictures during the trip. You can always do what you want on your next solo trip.

5 Tips For Planning a Group Vacation

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14 thoughts on “5 Tips For Planning a Group Vacation

  1. Nia Langley

    Great post! I’ve only gone on a two group vacations, one of them was with 40 strangers.

    I’m hoping to take another group trip soon, so this is useful!



  2. Keanna

    Group travel can be stressful. Great tips!


  3. Shawn Bethea

    Awesome tips! I’ve been trying to go with my friends for years!

    Xxx MoreSpoons.com


  4. Becc Smith

    Thanks for the tips! I need to plan another vacation for my family and one for a group of friends. I always forget to budget and realize that can be inconsiderate for my friends.


  5. Mimi Green

    Great tips, I need to work on the budget part. I do all the others, I travel a good amount so planning is essential for us.


  6. Cynthia Williamston

    My first group trip was on a cruise and it was fantastic. I can’t wait to plan another one and increase our budget just a little.


  7. Shantel

    These tips will definitely come in handy when I plan my first group trip in late summer. All the ladies in the group are very different, so I want to make sure that we plan things that are fun for everyone!


  8. Shellz

    I have a travel crew and traveling with others can be a bit unsettling. I think you hit the major must do’s! Pinning


  9. LaShon Renee

    You definitely have to know who you’re traveling with because you may start out as friends and end up as enemies. Personally, I’m very picky so I don’t travel with everyone.


    1. Joanna E

      Same here. I took a chance this trip cuz I didn’t know two of the girls but we all had a wonderful time.


  10. Elle (CleverlyChanging)

    I love traveling with my girls. They are friends who are like family to me. I will definitely pass these tips on to them.


  11. Adeola Naomi

    Setting a fixed budget is so important! Great tips !


  12. Amber

    This blog post was so on time and necessary for me. I’m planning a girls trip for my birthday in July. Thanks for your amazing tips!


    1. Joanna E

      Awesome! Hope you have a great trip


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