Off to a wonderland with the family again? Or planning a road trip or an adventurous jungle safari?If travel is what it is on your mind, a detailed plan of the itinerary will make this journey the best memory ever! Here are a few tips on how to go about it, that will come pretty handy.
Let’s start with understanding the composition of the group and then deciding upon the destination, accordingly.
If you are heading off to a far-away land with a big group, excitement is bound to be high. However, don’t let yourself forget all that you need to do. Check who all are coming and what the nature of the group is going to be. Someone who is an avid reader and a traveler and someone who is also good with organizational skills can take care of this.
If the group has youngsters, you could go in for destinations that provide a little action and adventure. Spice it up with some local sport and have the right gear on you to make the journey comfortable. If you have kids in the group, you should try to keep it low profile: tiring the little ones out will only increase your troubles and sour moods will ruin any holiday! Stick to children-friendly itineraries and locations that have fun-filled activities like games and less adventurous sports. A beach destination is ideal if you have slightly grown-up ones accompanying you.
Once you have set your eyes on where exactly to go, start reading up on the places in and around your travel destination.
If you are leaving your folks behind and travelling with friends, have options sorted out for cheap international calling as they are bound to get worried about your whereabouts, every now and then. Buy a local sim on arrival if you are on foreign land, turns out to be much cheaper. Have a phone with GSM facility as they work almost anywhere in the world.
Have one person carry a laptop that you can take turns lugging around, as making free calls is possible with an Internet hotspot pretty easy to find, these days. Use Skype or VoIP options to have a personal chat with folks once in a while as this will assure them of your safety – especially if you are traveling in a group of women.
Understanding a new culture is very important as gestures and body language can have different connotations in different countries. Read the Lonely Planet guides and other popular travel blogs on the net to get a hang of first-hand experiences. Learn from their mistakes and avoid “dangerous” neighborhoods.
It is the same as if you are travelling with your family: getting too adventurous can ruin a holiday!
Prepare an itinerary that has a special item for all the members of the group, Try and cater to everyone’s needs so that no one ends up feeling lonely or bored on the trip.
Have all your travel documents, insurance, first-aid, adventure gear and other creams and toiletries on you, at all times.
If you are booking plush hotels and going for something luxurious, they are most likely to take care of your travel needs, but consider a more “local” alternative: a common beach house or a chalet in the mountains where the whole family stays together for a real travel experience: fun for everyone AND it may cut down the cost of accommodation. It is certainly more exciting to do things in a big grou!
Share your itinerary and emergency numbers with all the members of the group. This will involve everyone and is also important for reasons of security.
Lastly, get hold of a good camera. With all your bookings and itinerary in place, you would want to capture these moments so you could take a look at it in later years and relive them, again and again!