Avoid Group Travel Nightmares With These Simple Tips
You’re excited about your group trip to Disney World – and you should be! There’s tons to do and see, and traveling with a large group means you’ll get to watch a ton of people experience joy right before your very eyes. However, if you’re not on the same page with your travel plans, disappointments could be inevitable. Pay attention to these simple tips that will help assure you’re all on the same page.
How are you packing?
If you’re just traveling to Orlando for a few days, you may not need to bring an entire suitcase. Traveling with just a carryon can mean significantly shorter waits to check in, plus the time you’ll save by not having to pick up your bag when you arrive in Orlando and then back in your home destination. However, if just one person in your party checks a bag, everyone could be held up waiting for it.
The simple solution to this issue is to simply make sure everyone is on the same page. If you’ve decided that checked bags aren’t necessary, just let the group know that they won’t be used on this trip. On the other hand, if you think they are, then let everyone know that some of your will be checking bags. Everyone can then make their own decision accordingly – the key is to avoid surprises.
Do your carry-ons qualify as carry-ons?
No one wants to get caught in security, yet one of the most common reasons you can get pulled aside is due to carrying a bag that’s too large. In fact, some airlines won’t let you on the plane if you have a larger-than-approved carry-on. Make sure your review the rules before traveling. The specifics will vary based on who you’re flying with, but your airline should have both size and weight limits for carry-ons.
Does everyone have the right clothing?
Of course it’s likely that everyone will bring shorts, t-shirts, and similar clothes for days in the park. However, if you make reservations for dinner that require nicer clothes, make sure everyone knows! No one wants to feel underdressed. Likewise, if you’ve rented a resort hotel with an awesome pool, or an Orlando vacation home with a private pool, make sure everyone knows to bring their swimming suit.
How will payment work?
Money is the most common thing for groups to fight about. Before you leave on vacation, make sure you’ve discussed if all money will be pooled beforehand with one person in charge of paying for items, if everyone will be on their own, or if the costs will be split at the end of the trip. It can be awkward to talk about money, but getting it cleared up before the trip can save a nightmare scenario while you’re traveling.
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