What’s summer without that annual getaway with your closest pals? No one said traveling in a group is easy, what with differing budgets, preferences, and everyone’s workweek stresses creeping into your weekend fun. To avoid those potential vacay hiccups, here are our best tips for planning a stress-free itinerary that everyone will love.
Soon after you pick a destination, make sure each member of the group has a way to contribute to the planning. One person can create a menu, and another can research activities. The friend with way too much free time at work can tackle the playlist. And as an unofficial rule, the lucky one who works in finance is the “banker” of the group, by default. Let them handle splitting the rental fee if you’re Airbnb-ing it, as well as divvying up the security deposit once it’s returned after your stay.
Whether you’re heading to the city for a girls’ weekend or to the beach for a getaway, making restaurant reservations and planning daytime excursions ahead of time is a must. Start looking into these plans almost as soon as you book your trip, because places fill up fast. When it gets closer to trip time, use Amazon to order things too large to fit in your suitcase, like beach towels, pool floats, plastic dinnerware, and of course, paper towels and toilet paper, and have it delivered right to your rental’s door.