Self-sufficient travel with family and friends is always the most anticipated thing of the year to connect people. A trip with a large group of people is a great choice to cool off and relax, as well as create great memories with loved ones.
To have a memorable trip with family and friends, don’t forget the following 5 simple steps to have the best preparation for your trip.
Step 1: Choose members and team leader
Choosing the right members to go with is the first important thing. If it is a group of close friends or a family that has understood each other, the trip will be much more comfortable and enjoyable.
Next, appoint a team leader. This will be the one to unify the opinions of the members and make a decision. The team leader needs to keep an eye on and care for each member on the trip, making sure everyone has a good time together and that everyone’s opinions are respected. With larger groups, the team leader must have a voice and know how to handle problems that arise.
Step 2: Determine the goals and expectations of the trip
This is a step that is easy to skip because you don’t research the destination in advance and set expectations for the trip. The lack of a specific expectation will leave you vulnerable when you get there.
Before you pack your bags and go, ask yourself what the purpose of this trip is. Do you want to explore the culture, understand more about the history and people of this land? Or do you want a trip to discover nature and places that still keep unspoiled beauty? Or a gentle relaxing vacation and virtual check-in?
Defining your goals will help the team to have a plan moving in the right direction.
Step 3: Make a detailed travel plan for the group
Place and time
The larger the group, the more differing opinions on choosing a destination, and the more important the role of the team leader is to make the best decision.
Season and weather are also two factors to pay attention to have the most complete trip. Consider whether the intended destination and time of arrival are compatible.
The next problem when traveling independently is determining the budget. You need to understand everyone’s ability to pay to establish a projected cost range that works best for your team. Besides, remember to set aside a backup budget in case of an emergency. You should take advantage of discount codes, coupons for services when traveling to save your budget.
If you’re the leader of the group, have a few interesting suggestions ready for everyone to discuss the journey. Such as a few choices of accommodation, local dishes to try, outstanding sights or emerging destinations less known, fun activities that bring the whole group, etc.
For transportation, consider renting a private vehicle if the cost per person is not too great. With the characteristics of self-sufficient travel in groups, this helps you to be proactive in your journey, avoiding dependence on public transport or taxis.
In addition, think and anticipate things that may deviate from the plan to have a backup plan. However, leave some room for free exploration. It is the unexpected things that happen unexpectedly that will leave an indelible mark on the trip.
Finally, agree with the group on how to communicate with each other and travel-assistance apps, such as maps, ride-hailing apps, and interpreter apps (if needed). Here, the team leader will be responsible for giving clear and accurate information to the members.
Step 4: Bookroom, air ticket, vehicle
The next step is to book travel services such as air tickets, accommodation, restaurant tables (if needed). You should book early to get cheap prices, especially if your group goes on peak tourist occasions.
Besides booking websites, you can consult local rental services, where you can get the latest information on resort properties. Take advantage of promotions, discount codes, coupons for airline tickets or room tickets, it will help you save a lot of money.
Step 5: Get ready with planning tips
What to prepare? Some things should be brought such as motion sickness medicine, stomach medicine for emergencies. As for clothes, bring just enough for the number of days of travel so that your luggage is light and gives you the flexibility to move.
With a beach trip, other items can be mentioned such as sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, swimwear, towel, etc.
In addition, you can bring 1 personal water bottle to limit the use of plastic in the journey. Let your travel be a green trip. The wallet is full of money, the phone is full of battery and let’s count down to the day the car rolls out!
Every self-sufficient trip, no matter how detailed the plan, still has unexpected things. Always keep a happy mood and look at them with positive eyes. To recall later, it will become an unforgettable funny memory of your trip. Wishing you happy and safe travels with your loved ones.