Navigating the Do’s and Don’ts of your first group trip

Imagine the excitement in the air as plans for a group trip finally leave the group chat. There’s something truly special about traveling with friends or even strangers who share the same adventurous spirit. But, as fun as it sounds, group trips have their own challenges. If not navigated carefully, it could easily turn into a disaster, for many reasons but one could be because one person just isn’t acting right. The last thing any of us want is to become the person the group silently agrees they’d rather leave behind. 

So, the first step to avoiding this is to be prepared. We want to make sure we know all the details about the trip. This doesn’t just mean knowing the destination but understanding the specifics like accommodation arrangements (who’s rooming with whom?), expected activities, and even dress codes (is this a heels or sneakers kind of trip?). Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask questions if things aren’t clear. It might feel a bit awkward, but trust us, showing up clueless because you didn’t read the itinerary is way more uncomfortable.

Now, here’s the things we definitely should not do on a group trip. And believe us, steering clear of these actions will not only make the trip smooth but everyone involved will have a great experience

We don’t want to be too serious about scheduling things. As much as we like to stick to the program, keep in mind that plans change, and traveling with a group, it’s almost inevitable. So, if the group decides on an impromptu change that wasn’t in the original plan, embrace it. The beauty of travel sometimes lies in unexpected adventures.

Next thing we don’t want to do is argue about little things. It’s crazy how quickly a minor disagreement over where to eat can escalate. If you ever watched an episode of the Real Housewives of anywhere, you know that those women will be drinking wine one minute and throwing them across the room the next one. That’s exactly what we’re trying to avoid.

This next one might be tough but it’s possible—don’t take too long to get ready. We get it, looking good is important, but so is punctuality, especially in a group setting. So, a simple solution we can try and adopt is to set our alarm a bit earlier and get our glam done without the time crunch. In fact, make sure everyone starts getting ready on time. The goal is to make sure you’re not the one holding the group back.

An important thing not to do is saying no to new things or adventures. This one’s big. We think that being open to trying that strange local meal or a new activity (health and safety first, of course) could lead to some of the most exciting moments of your life. You might just surprise yourself with how adventurous you can be. 

Also, since we’ve established that some things won’t always go as planned. It’s important that we stay positive and not complain. These moments call for positive affirmations and gratitude rather than a list of grievances. Truthfully, this can make or break the trip’s vibe.

Lastly, please don’t be on your phone all the time. This is a big one. We understand the temptation to check in on the world or to scroll through social media, but remember to stay present. Embrace the here and now, enjoy yourself in the beauty and uniqueness of your surroundings, and share those snaps on the gram at the end of the day.

The essence of a group trip is to share experiences and create bonds along the way. So, pack your bags (lightly!), set your spirit of adventure free, and make that group trip one for the books. Safe travels!


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