5 travel pet peeves that could arise during a group trip and tips to work them out
Travelling is fun, exciting, and packed with benefits for the mind, body, and soul, but it can also be a lot of work, especially when done in a group. Everyone travels for their own unique purposes and with unique goals in mind. So it can be stressful trying to align your expectations with others’ vision of what a group trip should be. When it comes to travel pet peeves, our agents at Fayyaz Travels have heard it all. Here are the top five that are the most widely reported, plus what you can should you ever have to deal with them during a group vacation.
1. Last-minute planning
Travelling is a commitment, and as such, should be planned well ahead of time. If you’re naturally organised, you’d know that it can be very annoying to have a friend or family member stalling until the last minute to chip in their share of the group effort.
In order to avoid any dramas surrounding planning expectations, you and your travel partners should openly discuss your individual schedules and how much time should be spent on planning your group vacation. And because the travel itinerary will be shared, tasks should be evenly delegated, which means each person must be able to be responsible over an area or aspect of the planning. It should also be understood from the get-go that all discussions and planning activities should take place months before the actual travel dates.
2. Unclear budget
If there’s one thing that can unnecessarily add to the stress of planning for a group trip, it’s unclear expectations around budget and travel costs. Avoid awkwardness and grudges altogether by discussing your expected group budget in the early stage of planning. As a rule of thumb, each person should financially contribute an equal amount into group activities. No one wants to fork out extra money to keep that other penny-pinching person in the group from being left behind.
Any one-off pursuit that one or two members of the trip want to explore should not be included in the group budget, and should instead be individually paid. It would be wise to come up with a money pool that each member evenly contributes to early, and a rule that states all payments are done by agreed deadlines, and after each itinerary milestone is set in stone. This can ensure that all final payments can be made efficiently, without any imbalances that could result in later resentment. Why stress alone when you can count on an agent to plan your group trip for you? Reach out to us today to get us to do the work, so you don’t have.
Why stress alone when you can count on an agent to plan your group trip for you? Reach out to us today to get us to do the work, so you don’t have.
3. Clash of priorities
It’s actually okay to travel with people who you may not have anything in common. But it is highly important that you share the same core values with regards to your travel expectations and boundaries. Many travellers often make the mistake of not cross-checking their individual priorities ahead of their shared trip. Unsurprisingly, they would fall victim to the stress of mitigating different priorities on the trip itself and end up feeling resentment towards their travel partners.
Avoid all the travel dramas and meltdowns by making the effort to research your trip and letting others know what your expectations are, early on and well before your travel dates. They can be about anything, from hot spots you’d like to visit and restaurants you’d like to try, to unheard-of activities and even nap times. The point is to be transparent about your needs and foolproof the group itinerary from unnecessary disappointments later.
4. Overreliance on technology
This one can really bite a group trip, especially one that was planned in the shared desire to reconnect or deepen relationships. No one likes to feel unheard or shrugged off just because the other person is always too busy taking photos or answering their phone, and especially not when travelling for fun. So ensure that your trip takes place at a time where everyone in the group can truthfully afford to take time off from their work and other day-to-day commitments back home. If it’s really important to stay connected to your usual routines while you travel, just make sure you schedule phone calls and emails ahead of time. You don’t want to look back at group photos only to be reminded of how much fun you actually missed out on.
Want to plan an impeccable and stress-free group trip itinerary to celebrate your relationship milestones but don’t know where to start? Get all the help you need and more when you contact any of our agents at Fayyaz Travels today!