Going away with a bunch of friends is a great idea for a holiday. Not only do you get some serious bonding time, but it works out well for the bank account, too. But, like all things in life, it takes a lot of planning to pull off. When you have different personalities and a mix of singletons, couples and families, things can go wrong in an instant.
Having been on a number of trips away with friends, I thought would share everything I have learned with you. With any luck, if you follow this advice you won’t fall into many of the traps we have in the past!
One of the trickiest parts of organising a trip away with friends is getting the money. When you first mention it, everyone will be interested, but, unfortunately, many will pull out before the time arrives. Of course, this could cause a problem if you have already made the financial commitment and booked everything. So, your best bet is to have a date in mind when everybody who wants to go has to give you the deposit. Once they have paid, you will find that most people will make an effort to commit.
There are plenty of options here, from hotels to campsites, and the choice is down to you and your group. However, the best trips away with friends I have ever been on have involved staying in a big house. With all of you clubbing together, you can stay in some magnificent places for half the price of a hotel. And, it’s a much more intimate environment when you know all of the guests. Take a look at what’s available on the HouseTrip accommodation pages of their website. As you will see, there’s plenty to choose from, and the only things you have to worry about are the number of rooms and the facilities.
The biggest thing you need when staying somewhere with friends is a big kitchen area. There will be a lot of cooking going on, and the more space you have, the better. If you’re going with families, then space is critical! Kids need to stretch their legs and a big garden will turn out to be a lifesaver, regardless of the weather. An indoor swimming pool is perfect, too. It will often become the focal point for the holiday and I don’t think there is a kid in the world who doesn’t love horsing around in the water. It should go without saying that you find somewhere with enough beds for everyone.
It’s always a good idea to have an itinerary when large groups are involved. Having meal plans drawn up before you go gives everyone a little responsibility, and makes mealtimes a lot easier. You can also think about making time for exploring your area and even throw in a few house events in there. A little competition for everyone to get involved in is a great way to enjoy a few hours and add some structure to the day. And, of course, you should also plan for a great party one night, at least.
And that’s all there is to it! I hope you have enjoyed my ideas and look forward to hearing about your amazing trip away with friends.