A Guide to Group Travel – BONUS Episode 9 of Rants & Randomness

My peoples! We’re kicking off 2020 with a special bonus episode of Rants & Randomness!

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On this episode, I’m continuing the conversation on travel that started in my travel essentials bonus episode, but today we’re talking about how to plan an amazing group trip with friends or family, where people don’t end up hating each other. Because good group trips don’t just happen. They’re planned.

In the last couple of years, I’ve had at least 4 amazing group trips, where over 10 of us traveled together and spent days together in the same place

  • July 2018 – Family trip to New Orleans. 12 people. 4 days long.
  • December 2018 – Voltron trip to Nigeria and Ghana. 30 people. 2 weeks long
  • January 2018 – Woadies and Woes (friends) trip to Fenville, Michigan. 16 people. 3 days.
  • July 2019 – My bachelorette trip to Anguilla. 10 people, 6 days.

Those first 3 trips? We stayed in Airbnb houses. And I’m currently planning our annual family trip. It’ll be to Canada. 18 people. 5 days. I’ve already booked that house. This is why partnering with Airbnb on this episode. I stay on that platform for my vacays.

Designate a planner
Identify one or two people in your group as the designated planners of all activities, wrangling the people, collecting the money. Pick the most responsible, think-ahead-before-the-problem-comes-up, confident decision-maker in your group to be the designated planner.

Establish a Budget
Before you pick a location, before you pick how long you’re going to stay, you’ve got to figure out budget. You have to know how much money people are willing to spend on this trip. Make sure you’re taking into account all the activities and accommodations as well as travel taste. If you have a friend who’s the Best Western and you’re the Ritz-type travel based on what you can afford, your style, your preferences, whatever that is, you might also have to realize that there are some friends that you might not be able to actually travel with, and that’s okay. But it’s better to know all of that ahead of time.

Find a Great Place for Everyone to Stay and Connect
I’m partnering with Airbnb on this episode, because using Airbnb for any trip that is more than two people is the absolute way to go. It just makes sense for your budget, for your time together, for everything.

If you’ve never tried Airbnb, click here to get a discount on your first stay.

And if you live in a cool location and want to try making some extra money, Airbnb might be an amazing fit. Click here to learn more about hosting.

I’ve got some more tips and thoughts in the episode, so hit the links below to listen in.

Much love to Chicago Recording Company, where I record each episode!

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