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5 Tips to Get the Trip Out of the Groupchat

5 Tips to Get the Trip Out of the Groupchat

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Planning a trip with your friends can be hard. It always feels like everyone has endless ideas on what a trip could be like, but then fails to actually bring those ideas to life. With summer just around the corner, we’ve rounded up five tips to help you get your friend group’s Pinterest-perfect trip ideas out of the groupchat and into your calendar. 

Share Your Availability

A common initial roadblock to getting a trip planned is trying to nail down everyone’s availability. It can be difficult to find a time that works for everyone amid all of life’s different responsibilities. Luckily, we live in a digital age where online tools can provide us with significant help in scheduling out all the important events in our lives, vacations included.

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You can create a shared Google Calendar, for example, to identify dates that you and your friends all have available. Websites like When2Meet or WhenIsGood are also created specifically to plan events at a time that is most convenient to all group members. 

Establish a Budget

It can be uncomfortable to talk about money, but it’s an important step in the planning process to establish a budget for your trip. By discussing the budget with the group early on, you can better understand what everyone’s spending expectations and limitations are for the trip. Determining a firm budget before booking any accommodation or activities can also help prevent future disagreements or someone backing out of the trip at the last minute due to unforeseen costs.

Know Yourself (And Your Friends)

Think about your typical role in the friend group; are you the person who initiates all the hang outs or books all the dinner reservations? Or do you tend to sit back, knowing someone else in the group has got it under control? 

It’s perfectly fine to be either, as long as you know the role you prefer. Assess your strengths (and your weaknesses) when deciding what role you want to take in the planning process. If you know you have no sense of direction, for example, it might not be a great idea to be the group’s designated navigator. But if you’re known for your 5-star restaurant picks, you may want to take on the role of choosing food spots during your vacation. 

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The same goes for your friends. If your friend has a knack for losing her passport before every flight, she might not be the best person to put in charge of holding everyone’s travel documents. Instead, suggest a role in the process that is best suited for each of your friends based on their personalities.

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Create An Itinerary 

Whether you’re preparing for a quiet beachside getaway or a wild week-long bender, it’s important to create an itinerary of some kind, especially when traveling with a large group. You can start by brainstorming every activity you might be interested in and then narrow down your list based on logistics. Websites like Tripadvisor and Kayak can provide reviews to help you determine what’s worth seeing during your stay. You can also turn to Pinterest, Instagram, and even TikTok for more inspiration on what sights to see depending on where your travels take you.

Make reservations ahead of time when you can to prevent disappointment or last-minute changes during your trip. By going into your trip with activities and restaurants booked, you set yourself up to have a seamless, stress-free experience.  

Remember, Travel Should Be Fun

As hectic as planning group travel can be, it’s important to remember why you wanted to travel with your friends in the first place. Group trips allow dedicated time to maintain and strengthen bonds with our friends, something that can be difficult to juggle with everyday responsibilities. Even if there are a few hiccups along the way, you can look forward to a group trip as an opportunity to connect with your friends, explore somewhere new, and make memories that will last a lifetime. 

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