There’s nothing better than having fun in the sun or discovering a new city with your nearest and dearest mates. It’s these kinds of trips that cement your friendships and help you making long-lasting memories.
But planning a holiday that everyone’s happy with, and can afford, can be a little bit tricky sometimes. Here are our top tips for planning the perfect group holiday to make it easier for you.
1. Sometimes shorter trips are better
If you’ve never been on a group holiday before, it can be worth starting small. A weekend city break or five days in the sunshine would be perfect. Keeping your getaway short and sweet means maximum time together, without getting under each other’s feet.
2. Leave the planning to just a handful of people
If everyone wants to be involved in the planning process, the chances are nothing will get decided. Nominate a few members of your group to take the lead instead. They can narrow down the selection of hotels for the gang to pick from, make sure everyone’s paid and organise transport to the airport. Just remember to buy them a drink when you get there to say thanks!
3. Make sure everyone has all the information they need
If everyone isn’t involved in booking and planning every element of the trip, you need to make sure that they have all the information they need. This includes:
- Flight details
- Accommodation address
- Any payment dates and amounts
- Luggage allowance
4. Don’t be afraid to talk about money
Even among the friendliest of groups, discussing how much cash you’ve each got to splash can be a bit taboo. However, when it comes to planning a holiday, talking about the budget is essential.
First you need to work out how much everyone is willing to spend and then come up with a way of managing money while you’re away. Putting a set sum into a kitty at the start and using it to pay for any joint expenses like rounds of drinks, meals out and day trips can work really well and save you the headache of working out who owes what to who.
5. Remember you don’t have to do everything together
While you’ve chosen to go away on a group holiday, that doesn’t mean you have to be attached at the hip 24/7. Some of you may want to check out the nearby waterpark, while others would prefer to laze on the beach. Splitting off into groups to do different activities means everyone enjoys the break.
6. Discuss your itinerary in advance
Before you depart, it’s well worth having a chat about what you want to do on holiday to make sure you’re all on the same page. If you just want to party hard and recuperate by the pool every day and your mate wants to see all the local sights, one, or both, of you will be disappointed. A planning session means you all know what to expect - you can work through compromises to make sure everyone gets what they want out of the holiday.
Posted: 20th Nov 2018. Updated: 3rd Aug 2023.