Many travelers will embark on their summer travel plans in the next few months. Some may be traveling solo, and others may be looking forward to extended group travel. Squaremouth has gathered tips from MH Ross and RoamRight on how best to travel in groups.
Communicate and Be Flexible
Traveling in groups is a great way to ensure personal safety while traveling, but an easy way to lose track of those you are traveling with. Communicating to one another and having designated meeting spots can help travelers to stay in touch with their group members. However, sometimes things don’t always go as planned. “When going on a group trip, there is no rule that says a group that starts the day together must finish the day (or trip) together. Some of the most successful group vacations start out with one big group that splits up throughout the day. If part of the group wants to visit an art gallery and the other want to explore the city, go ahead and split up (just make sure you have a meet-up place for the end of the day)” recommends MH Ross. Additionally, RoamRight states “When everyone has a voice and opinion, a lot of time can be wasted on the road when it comes to deciding what to do. Sorting out that in advance can help avoid a lot of conflict during precious travel time. That being said, it’s also important to remain flexible and open-minded on the road. Things don’t always go according to plan and everyone should be prepared for that.”
Honesty is the Best Policy
Often groups traveling together experience frequent stressors and bumps in the road during their scheduled activities. This can cause friction and irritation among group members. RoamRight states the importance of honesty among group members regarding group cohesion. “Maintaining a positive group dynamic while traveling can be very challenging, especially on long trips. That’s why being open and honest about any issue is very important. Don’t hold it in until it boils up and explodes, causing more problems. If something little is bothering you, or if you want to do something, speak up. It’s vital to be vocal when traveling in groups” says RoamRight.