As we all know, every individual has a personality unique to themselves molded by their backgrounds and personal experiences. Similarly, people also have specific travel personalities and when grouped together, often times these personalities tend to clash, creating-…you guessed it…drama-rama. So to ensure we don’t instigate World War 3 on this colossal group trip, here are a few tips to make your holiday run as smoothly as possible :)
1. Be Honest- The top thing to remember during a hectic vacation is to voice your opinion. If you try to be too agreeable throughout the trip just to avoid conflict, the tension will build up inside you and only lead to negative internal feelings.
2. Don’t Be Forceful- On the other side of the coin, it is important to understand that other people have opinions too and their opinions will most probably be dissimilar to yours. Coercing them into abiding by your plans is a sure way to cause commotion among you.
3. Do Your Own Thing- There is nothing worse than spending ‘x’ amount of money on a vacation and not experiencing the sights and sounds you envisioned yourself seeing. So stick to your guns, and even if the rest of the party is disinterested in your proposal, go do what makes you happy by yourself (given that it is safe to do so) for a couple of hours. Then meet back up with them later and enjoy some group bonding.
4. Let People Practice Their Strengths- Team work is the most efficient way to get anything done. If and when the group agrees on doing something together, motivate people to contribute according to their fortes. For example, if an individual is good at reading maps, dub them as navigator. If another excels at handling money, they’re in charge of the budget and conveying prices/tours that are reasonable and ones that aren’t. This way everyone feels good about themselves because each opinion is being heard and the responsibility is rationed out so no one person has to handle all the stress.
5. Careful Not To Bite Off More Than You Can Chew- It is common for people on holiday to get overly excited and try to do everything and anything they can possibly get their hands on. This can be detrimental to the vacation because it causes unnecessary anxiety if those tasks do not get taken care of. Remember, a holiday shouldn’t be a ‘task’ it should be a pleasure.
6. Try Something New- While it is always good to have an itinerary, it often helps to listen to others as well. Being open to new ideas may teach you a thing or two and give you an unexpected but pleasant experience you didn’t plan on having. It’ll also aid in understanding your travel companions and getting to know them on another level.
The ultimate goal is to have a delightful vacation and to share it with some good people. It gives you a chance to experience something new while simultaneously connecting with those around you. A group travel shouldn’t be worrisome. The phrase “The more the merrier” is often used…and if the trip is done right, this phase does actually hold a good amout of truth :)
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