How to travel with a large group

There is a social benefit to travelling in numbers, but larger travel groups can quickly become a nightmare if you don’t plan ahead.

It doesn’t matter if the members of your travel party all want to go to the same destination, the things they do when they get there can differ with every individual. Some people want to go on organised tours, others to visit historical sites and museums, others want to explore freely, while some prefer to do the food trials and so on.

To avoid arguments and ensure everyone gets the most from the trip, you need to plan ahead and even have a group discussion before you depart. Here are some tips to help you.

Discuss preferences

Get everyone into one room and allow each person to share what they are looking for on the trip. Giving everyone a voice will ensure all preferences are aired and give the group a chance to discuss what’s possible.

Share your experience

If you’ve already been to the destination, share your knowledge with the others. Most of the group will have done some research, so you can all discuss options and create an itinerary.

Create your own must-see list

If you have your own bucket list of things to see or do, make sure you include it in your schedule. There’s no sense travelling all the way to another country and not seeing the reasons you chose the destination in the first place.

Don’t be too ambitious

Not everyone walks or browses at the same pace. If you try to do too much, everyone will get upset, either because they are being rushed or they are not getting to the destinations fast enough.

Split up to explore

Be comfortable creating small groups and splitting up to see the different things you like. You can then regather over a drink and share your day’s discoveries.

Look for group discounts

Many destinations, even hotels, will provide a discount for groups. Check with your travel agent or online and see what you can pre-purchase to save money.

Most of all have fun and enjoy yourself. After all, you’re on holiday, so make the most of it. If you’re travelling in a group of caravans here are some tips while here is some advice for organised group versus individual trekking.