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Group Vacation Planning 101

June 6, 2016 | Permalink

If you typically only travel for work, get stressed out at airports or don't remember the last time you saw your friends, it may be time to consider taking a group vacation! Not only do many hotels offer better rates for groups, but now planning a group vacation has never been easier. Check out some of our favorite group vacation ideas below, and get ready to enjoy traveling again.

Make a Group Vacation Checklist

Packing — and deciding on an itinerary — will be a lot easier if you divide responsibility between parties. If you've got a foodie friend, let them be in charge of where you're going to have your meals. Your friend with a Master's Degree in history can finally put their degree to use by picking out the best museums in your destination. Fitness buff in your group? Have them check out walking tours in the area. Instead of bringing eight separate hairdryers, bottles of shampoo, and, of course, bottles of champagne, assign each person an "area" (toiletries, wine, quick snacks) of shareable supplies to cover. Cut down on your baggage weight and your cost! Check out one of the many lifestyle magazines that offer their own checklist of essential items made in travel size for easy access!

The Devil's in the Details

If you're wondering how to plan a group vacation, there are a lot of moving pieces to consider. It's best to come up with a budget ahead of time and make sure that it's reasonable for everyone — the last thing you want is to make a friend feel uncomfortable by selecting activities that are out of their price range. Apps like Venmo, which allow you to send your friends money, can help to keep everything organized and can make payment a breeze. Pick activities that interest your party, and remember, a lot of group traveling is all about compromise. Try to do at least one of the "must-do" activities on every person in your party's list. When in doubt, the old "raise your hand if..." technique tends to work well. Be sure to remember that everyone has different sleeping habits and patterns, and take that into consideration. It's ok to break up a few days and have your friends go in separate, smaller groups to check off a few things on your list. That way, the "early risers" won't waste half their days waiting for the night owls to wake up, and the night owls will actually be pleasant to travel with if they've had enough sleep.

Group vacations are surprisingly easy to plan, lots of fun and a great way to see more of the country while saving on many expenses. So get that group text going and plan your vacation!

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