Need some advice before you book a trip with your friends? Here are some handy tips to make sure you and your pals have the trip of a lifetime.
Set a budget
We can all be guilty of checking out the fanciest 5-star hotels and swankiest villas you can find when looking to book that perfect holiday, but in reality, it’s much better to set realistic expectations and stick to them.
As a group you need to come up with a price point you are all happy and comfortable with. This will help you narrow down your choices and also make sure that everyone is on the same page. There’s so much you need to take into consideration – accommodation, destination, flights, spending money – so having this outlined at the start means you won’t come back from your holiday worrying about finances and can just go on your trip and enjoy every moment.
Pick your accommodation
The accommodation can make or break a holiday with your friends, so it’s important that you figure out what sort of place you want to stay and where you will be happiest.
Groups often prefer to stay in big hotels where you can meet lots of fellow travellers and enjoy lounging by the pool or enjoying drinks at the bars. If you are looking for a bit more privacy, why not consider a self-contained apartment somewhere like Mallorca or renting a villa in France. This way you can enjoy the luxury of having your own swimming pool or roof-top terrace, without the hustle and bustle of a larger hotel with lots of other guests.
Location is also key. If you are looking for nightlife, then staying somewhere in the town or city centre would be best, but if you are looking for a more relaxed holiday, try looking a bit further afield. You will be able to share taxi fares so the added cost won’t impact the fun you will have.
Plan your itinerary
If you are heading on a trip in a group, it’s always a good idea to make sure you have a couple of things pre-booked to avoid disappointment.
Whether it’s booking a table at a fancy restaurant, planning excursions on a boat or booking tickets to the club night you are all looking forward to, making sure you have these things arranged before you arrive means you don’t have to worry about your plans falling through at the last minute.
Don’t forget to document the memories
You want to make sure that this is the trip of a lifetime and one you will never forget. So, make sure you and your friends take lots of photos to be able to look back on. Once you get home having pictures to look back on will help with the post-holiday blues, and you can enjoy sharing your snaps in group messages and reminiscing about all the fun you had.