While it's a fact that traveling alone or as a couple has its advantages, traveling with a group offers some positive aspects also. A group generally shares common interests. It could be a family group, coworkers or perhaps a bunch who met online and share a common love such as writing or art. Group travel offers the opportunity for shared experiences and getting better acquainted.
It does, however, require more in the way of organizing when a group is involved. There are more people to please. This comes into play especially when when planning sightseeing excursions. You cannot please everyone, but the larger the group, the more ideas to be thrown into the ante. You can benefit from the diversity of knowledge and experience to create a trip that will be memorable to all.
Let's take a cruise as an example. It's best, especially with a large group, to meet several times, either in person or online, to get everyone's input on what they hope to get out of the trip. Appoint one person as the organizer and make sure to take copious notes. Don't over-plan your trip. Allow for some wiggle room to accommodate the needs of those who prefer an alternative to the group activity. Flexibility is the key.
Choose a ship and destination that offers a wide variety of entertainment and activities. Be sure each person or couple has a copy of the itinerary and all pertinent information. Also, when calculating the cost, don't overlook such items as taxis, excursion fees, tips and on-shore meals. In addition, while you can't please everyone at every given juncture, try to include choices that include everyone's preferences.
Traveling with a large group affords many opportunities for socializing and bonding with people with whom you share common interests. You will never lack for companions. For instance, if your husband hates shopping, he can go snorkeling with another group while you join your girlfriends to hit the duty-free shops. It creates an atmosphere in which everyone is happy and can enjoy their day.
A group makes for a much more entertaining mealtime experience also. After going your separate ways during the day, you can all meet together in the evenings and share your diverse experiences around the dinner table. It's ideal to travel with a group of no more than 10-12 people so all can enjoy sitting together at the same table. Also it prevents the planning from becoming a burden on anyone. If, however, yours is a large group, such as a reunion, advise the ship in advance. They usually have a banquet or meeting room available that can accommodate such a group.
Traveling with a group is a great way to vacation, especially if the planning and due diligence has been done in advance.