travelling with (small) groups

When you travel with family, you know what you get. It has taken me to places I wouldn’t necessarily have made it on my own. Hiking in Cinque Terre. Riding the gondola in Venice. And eating cheese fondue in Gruyere, Switzerland.

It’s great when you find friends you can travel with too.

I just got back from an annual golf/no golf trip to Naples, Florida. I golf a little, but love the bird watching at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary so much more. And it works with this group.

I travel with another group of friends to cottages to work on our bridge technique and logging more hiking miles.

Here are a few things I’ve learned that make travelling in small groups work so well – with family or friends.

  • Talk about what everyone might want to do, before you go. Not to plan every second, but to have a basic idea of what might happen each day.
  • Pool the money. On most group trips I do, somebody pays for each expense (groceries, lunch, liquor store, car rental) and we add it all up at the end and divide evenly.
  • Know what you need. It’s taken me a long time to realize I need the first few days of my holiday to work on unwinding. I know I don’t want to be really busy, not every day. Figure out what will make your vacation a memorable one for you, and balance it with what the group is doing.
  • Keep the group small. Well, that’s just our preference. Multiples of four work well. And every new group of four usually means another rental car (depending on where you are).
And always leave time for impromptu activities…like sunset on the beach.
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CJR
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