What do you wish you knew before going on a group trip?
> Pack a laundry bag
Group travel often means a lot of outfit repeating, everyone knows you only have a select amount of clothes packed with you – but no one wants to see their roommate’s dirty clothes hanging about their bedroom. Getting a laundry bag means you can keep your unmentionables unmentioned, and when you go to get your laundry done it’s all there in one place. Also! It means you wont have your clean clothes mixed up with your dirty ones.
> Learn to deal with annoying people
In my experience, every tour has that one person that can drive you up a wall. It’s human nature, you can’t get along with every single person – but with group tours you just have to learn to deal with them. They aren’t going anywhere, and either are you so you can’t let every little thing get to you. You can avoid them even; it is your holiday after all – just do so in a way that isn’t going to make people uncomfortable.
> Set yourself a budget – but still be spontaneous!
Whether it comes to the tour activities, or how much to spend on food you should always try to set yourself a daily budget so that you can keep yourself in check. Research your tours optional activities beforehand and figure out what you would want to do and where you’d want to be a bit stricter on yourself – in saying that, there’ll always be those moments where your tour mate will come up with some amazing idea that costs a little extra – spontaneity will be one of your greatest memories, so don’t be too strict!
> Make a private Facebook group
Not only is creating a group a great way to stay in touch after your tour, but it also gives you all a space to keep up to date with what everyone’s doing/planning when you aren’t together. People can pitch ideas and see who’s interested and you can share all of the great pictures taken throughout the day. As a solo traveller I personally love sharing the pictures I take of other people and seeing the pictures people take of me, in the moment pics are the best kind!
> Keep your suitcase neatly packed
When you first start packing for your trip you should think about what it’s going to be like when you’re taking out an outfit for the day so that you wont have to dig around and completely unpack and re-pack every day. A clean roommate is a good roommate.
> Split the costs with others
There are a lot of things you can split the costs with your tour mates – laundry powder, washing machines, groceries, alcohol – everything has that possibility to be cheaper!
> Be patient
Not everyone you’re travelling with is going to be the best traveller. With so many new personalities to take on board you can’t be too short tempered with people.
> You’re going to get drunk
There’ll be at least one night where you and your tour mates will decide to get absolutely mortal, and why not?! It’ll be an amazing time and a great way to bond with all of these new strangers – just consider the possible repercussions, you don’t want a hangover ruining a day of travel.
> Give yourself some time alone when you need it
As an introverted person, I know that spending a lot of time with other people can be physically draining, so when you feel like you need some alone time just go for it. On some trips I’ve been on people chose to have a sleep in, a little Netflix time or just like to go on walks by themselves, and everyone gets it – we all need time to ourselves.
> Speak up
Yeah it’s a group trip, but it’s still your holiday. If there’s something you want to see or want to do make it known and don’t just follow whatever everyone else is doing. It’s more likely than not that someone else will want to do it too!
> You’re going to make amazing new friends
Spending so much time together in a short period of time, it’s impossible to leave without making some incredibly strong bonds with people from all around the world!
> You’ll get those post travel blues BAD
I get the post travel blues after pretty much every trip I take part in but group trips are something else. Suddenly all of your new best friends are gone, your roommate/s are gone, and there’s a lot of teary goodbyes. Take advantage of the travel bug that sticks with you here – get out and enjoy yourself!