This holiday season, if you have plans to meet up with the rest of your family members and take a group vacation, it can be incredibly taxing to plan and execute without any problems. The more people to account for, the more difficult planning becomes. To help make your lives easier, we’ve compiled a few tips to help you out this winter.
- Always Look for Group Discounts
Either find a good travel agent to help you, or be very diligent when making reservations, but look for group discounts when booking airfare, car rentals, and hotels. Most companies will be willing to work with you if you are bringing a large amount of business to them. The real trick might be finding which companies offer the best discounts. Ask your travel agent their opinion or do some simple internet searching. You can also ask about rewards programs or point systems if you plan to be returning in the summer or next year.
- Try to Get Adjoining Rooms
When you travel as a family, having kids can be one of the most challenging parts. They are excited to be “on vacation” without any of the stress of organizing it or keeping it managed correctly. Once you arrive, chances are you’ll want at least a little peace and quiet. If it is within your budget, try getting adjoining rooms where you can safely have the kids stay in one room, yet have privacy for yourselves. If you are traveling only as adults, it is still nice to have adjoining rooms to open space up and allow for easier socializing.
- Make Sure Rental Cars Have Enough Space for Everybody and Everything
Although not as hard to manage as kids, traveling with elders can also be a challenge, especially if they have any physical disabilities. When making arrangements for rental cars or transportation be sure to mention any special needs like cargo room for walkers/wheelchairs, strollers, luggage. Surfboards, skis, etc. Sixt Rental cars has a wide variety of sizes and prices. You may be able to rent smaller vehicles for the duration of your vacation to save money and use a transport service for luggage and other big items.
If you have ever been on a vacation with any size group before, you already know how stressful it can be to plan excursions and activities that everyone will enjoy. Some people are more adventurous and want to take waterfall hikes, or go snowshoeing. Others prefer to relax on the beach or in the mountain lodge; it’s literally impossible to make all the people happy all the time, but you can make most of them happy some of the time. Ask each family, or family memeber if possible, what they are most looking forward to doing. If you hear the same response more than a few times, you’ll obviously need to schedule something. For the less popular responses, allow for flexibility so they don’t feel tied to the group. Simply allow them to go off and arrange a specific time and place to meet up later.