Holidays With Friends
I’m writing this post from the sunny Algarve where my other half and I are on holiday with six our closest friends. This is our 11th holiday together as a group. We all get on really well and that’s one of the reasons why I love our holiday together and look forward to that week away somewhere hot with some of my closest friends.
For a lot of people, embarking on your first holiday as a group of friends can seem a bit daunting, so I’ve put together some top tips for stress-free holidays with friends.
Have one or two people doing the actual organising and booking of the holiday. Too many cooks is the appropriate saying here. Make sure everyone’s opinion gets taken into consideration, but let one or two people do the booking. That way you know who to go to for queries and who’s responsible for bringing the tickets, arranging the car hire documentation etc.
Be considerate of other’s budgets. Always worth a conversation before anything gets booked. This could have a big impact on where you go and what type of catering options (if any) you choose.
Whilst you are away, be mindful of what others like to do on holiday. In our group, we have a few avid football fans, so we all go as a group to watch the football of an evening on a couple of evenings. On the other hand, those who like the football understand that not all of us like football, so we don’t watch all the games that are on.
It’s always worth finding out how much people like doing on holiday. When my other half and I go away, we like to go and explore the area, but when we go as a group on holiday, we know that it will be a much more chilled affair with a few pool days, so we bring books and card games.
Everyone must do their fair share of cooking (if self-catering) and cleaning. It’s annoying if there’s one or two people don’t pull their weight and make all the mess. Our bunch are very considerate and we all do a little bit as we go along. That way the villa stays clean enough to live in but no one spends too much time cleaning. After all no one really wants to do housework on holiday, do they?
Know when to be sociable and also know when you want some time out. The secret to successful holidays with friends is not to be too precious about doing everything together. That’s great if you do all want to spend every minute of the day together, but most of the time you’ll start getting ratty with each other if you spend every minute together. It’s okay to go and read a book on the balcony or spend an hour in the bath.
All in all, group holidays with friends are a lot of fun. If you go away with people you enjoy the company of, you have ready-made entertainment. We also find that we can book a really large, luxurious property with a private pool and it works out a lot cheaper when splitting it between all of you. You can then have BBQs, parties knowing that the space is all yours and you won’t be disturbing the people in the hotel room next to you.
I’d love to hear your stories of holidays with friends. Has it gone well for you? I’m heading back to our gathering, so I’ll bid you happy holidays.
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