Are you planning a trip with your friends in the near future? Make sure to follow the tips below so that you can make the most out of your trip.
Decide on a date as early as possible – If you are planning a trip with at least three or more people, it’s important to decide on when to do the trip as early as possible. This is to give them ample time to make arrangements with their work or the like. This should be the first concert as there are some who will need months in advance, especially if the trip you are planning is to another country.
Talk about the sites/activities that you guys enjoy – Once you have the date, you need to set aside some time to talk about what type of trip you would like to have. This can be a problem if some friends do not enjoy going to the beach, or some do not like going to museums. Figure out if your travel styles actually mesh well. Decide on what you want to get out of the trip so that you can plan the destination and activities.
Decide on a budget – Another thing that needs to be decided is how much everyone is willing to spend on the trip. This is not just the money spent before the actual trip, like flights, transportation, and accommodation. You need to figure out how you are going to split the bill for meals when you eat at restaurants. Maybe they would rather stay at a hotel, but your budget is more for a hostel. You may want a bus rental but they would rather take public transportation. Figure out a way to meet in the middle so that everyone can enjoy the trip.
Be flexible – It’s important to manage your expectations when planning a trip with friends. You may have had the perfect vacation or trip your mind but that may not be possible when traveling with people who have different wants and styles when it comes to travel. Be patient and learn to give and take. Learn to compromise and give in to some of their demands as long as they also give in to some of yours.
You may opt for different activities – Just because you are on a trip with friends does not mean that you have to do everything together all the time. There may be moments when you can form small groups and those who would like to do a particular activity or go to a different place can break away from the rest of the group, then you can just meet up at another place like a restaurant for dinner. This way, everyone will enjoy the trip.
Make sure to communicate well – They key here is to communicate with them. Don’t be quiet if you feel that only one friend is being heard or making demands about the trip. If one friend is demanding that you spend thousands of dollars on a trip while everyone else is uncomfortable spending so much, you will need to talk about it so it does not fester.