How to organise a group holiday – without the headache

There’s nothing better than going on holiday with a group of your closest friends. With that many people, however, getting everyone together to organise everything is no easy feat. It’s for this reason, we’ve written some handy hints for making sure your group holiday runs smoothly…

  1. Agree on a destination

What makes a friendship group great is little differences in everyone’s personalities and tastes. When booking a holiday, however, this can lead to disagreements on destination. Make it fair and all put your cases across for the destination you want. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a couple of destinations, put it to a vote.

  1. Set out a maximum budget from the start

Not everyone is going to be able to afford 5* luxury, so it’s best to agree on a budget before you even start looking to make sure people don’t feel pressured to spend more than they can afford. After all, going for a lesser star rating is preferable to having to leave one of your mates at home!

  1. Arrange a night in to holiday hunt

Holiday hunting should be fun, so have a night dedicated to finding the perfect place to spend your stay. This means that everyone gets a say and the responsibility isn’t just left to one person.

  1. Make sure people can afford the payments before you book

There’s nothing worse than getting into money issues with a friend, and when there’s a lot of you splitting the holiday cost, things can get tricky if people can’t make the payments. If the money is all coming out of one account, make sure the money is transferred before you book.

  1. Pack as a group

You may decide you don’t need a suitcase each and are happy to share, which can save you a fortune. It’s a good idea to work out what you all need and decide who’s bringing what – chances are you won’t need 12 hairdryers…

  1. Nominate one person to be in charge of paperwork

Expecting a large group of people to be organised enough to individually print their booking paperwork may not seem like a big ask, but there’s always at least one person who leaves it until the last minute. To avoid any last minute dashes to the library printers, pick the most sensible person in the group to print and look after any boarding passes.

  1. Work out what activities people want to do before you go

Instead of waiting until you arrive and arguing about what you all do each day, research what’s happening while you’re there and decide before you go who wants to do what. You don’t have to all do the same activities, splitting off into smaller groups means you can all do the things you want to.

Got any tips for organising group holidays? Let us know in the comments. Can’t decide where to go with your friends? Check out On the Beach deals here.

Written on 8th April 2015 by

Emily Whitehouse

Marketeer and blogger for On the Beach. Lover of all things beachy.

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