Tips for travelling in a group tour
A group tour has many advantages. You don’t have to worry about taking care of things like accommodation and meals, you have the benefit of a guide, you can meet new people in the group too. Here are a few tips for travelling in a group tour.
1.Look for good deals – call the airline office and ask them for group discounts. Do the same with hotels and transport services as well. If you’re travelling off-season, you’re sure to find some sweet deals for your group. Saving money this way will leave you with more for experiences and souvenirs. Airbnb has great options for large groups. If you’re looking at a long stay in a particular place, consider speaking to an all-inclusive resort with tons of activities and fun for everyone.
2. Consider a tour operator – it might be nice to organise something on your own, but for a more professional and thorough job, look around for a trusted, reputed tour operator. An operator acts essentially as an insider to help you get the most out of the travel.
3. Have a discussion – if it’s friends and family, the discussion can happen even before the trip. If it’s people you’ve met on the tour, it is still possible. Have a discussion to figure out where everyone is at, in terms of what they want to do and see. See if there are common elements in the wishes because it will help you organise the itinerary as well. This is vital to strike a rapport and to make everyone feel involved.
4. Ask people what they are good at – your tour will do well to have a leader and other people who can work with others to make the experience a smooth one. Maybe there’s someone who’s good at the local language, and someone who has a head for finances and can keep track of accounts. Maybe a member of the tour is good at talking to strangers and finding hidden treasures in the place you’re at. Spreading the workload amongst all members of the tour will give them a sense of ownership as well.
5. Use technology – there are many services that can help you with your group tour. Check out websites like Splitwise to divide expenses and planning sites like Group Travel, Triporama, TripHub and Triplt to really get down to the minute details of the trip.
6. Get some activities organised before the trip – there may be a need to preplan events at the resort or the amusement park, national parks and safaris. Make the phone your friend and call ahead. This will save you from disappointment.
7. Maintain notes – it’s very easy to lose track of who spent what, mileage on the vehicle, things seen and those that need to be. It’s important for you to keep track of what has gone on. An excel sheet is useful in this regard.
Keep some time for yourself in a group tour. At the same time, be mindful of others too. Basic etiquette and courtesy can go a long way in making a group tour good for everyone.