Simple tips to ensure you and your mates make beautiful memories instead of becoming enemies on a group break abroad.
- Agree on the type of holiday you’re having – Active? Retreat? Nocturnal?
- Decide on a destination together.
- Choose a “package level”: Are you going shoestring, or do you want to splurge on eating out every night?
- Schedule free time so you have a chance for independent adventures, or just some time to recoup.
- Each write a list of things to see and do and schedule an itinerary based on something from each person’s list.
- Nominate a group organiser for each individual adventure so the burden isn’t always on the “most organised” person in the group.
- Make sure daily plans fit with each other’s personal routine – early-risers and up-all-nighters may not want to do the same things at the same time!
- Give people permission to say “no”, and be willing to accept they may want to change plans or do something different.
- Embrace the power of the unreasonable request – maybe you have a bucket-list must-do and it requires your buddies to miss a night’s sleep so you can see it! (Don’t forget number 8!).
- Remember your manners. Being in close confines – even with those you like the most – can be exhausting, especially if you are on a longstay adventure. Remember your pleases, don’t forget to say thank you, and keep it in mind that a hug can go a long way.
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