Going on a holiday with friends is pretty exciting, especially if you are going with your closest peers. Planning can be fun as this will bring the whole group together, although it can get a little hectic at times.
Sharing accommodation, food, and transportation costs with your friends will save you a bunch of money, which is especially helpful if you are travelling on a budget. We have got some tips up our sleeves, and we think you would enjoy them.
Discuss What you Need and Want in a Rental
Everyone’s needs and wants must all be heard, and you all must agree on certain things. If someone wants an accommodation that’s near the CBD, and someone wants to get a long term airport parking before you leave, then so be it. You have to agree on terms wherein most, or at least some of the requests can be heard.
Not everyone’s requests can be accommodated, which is why you have to set their expectations. You should discuss everything with them even before leaving for the trip. Let them know where you are staying, who will take care of which, and what car hire you were able to get. Talking about your itinerary helps, too, especially if you are planning on going on the same tours.
Talk About the Budget
This is one of the most important things to discuss before deciding on a rental. Everyone’s budget might not be aligned and therefore, everything must be discussed well. Talk about the food, transportation, activities, and accommodation expenses, and ask your friends if they want to split it evenly or depending on each person’s need.
Make a Schedule
If you are travelling with a huge group, then it would pay to make a schedule for every little thing. Discuss about who gets to take a shower during the morning, afternoon, or evening. Decide who will cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner, especially if you are planning on dining in as much as you can.
Set Some Rules
Some people in the group might not agree on this and might think that this is too much hassle, but it has to be done. It is important to set boundaries, especially if you are included in a huge group. The first important thing to discuss is the quiet time. What time should the lights be turned off? Should you require a siesta or nap time in the afternoon? These are the types of questions that must be answered. Another thing to talk about is the key/s. You can always designate a person who will hold on to the key. That person should be easily accessible and contacted by other members of the group, in case they need the key. And lastly, designate someone who would agree to be the “runner”. This person will be the one to go grocery shopping, or will be tasked to buy something if ever the group runs out of some stuff. You can also assign different people for this task, to be fair with everyone else in the group.
Going on a trip is fun, especially if everything is organized. Make sure to follow our tips for a smoother trip! Enjoy and have tons of fun!