Going on holiday can be so much fun.
There is the opportunity to bring your favourite people together, be it just your family, or friends and extended family who are joining you on the trip. However, there is also an element of stress leading up to the event, and not all of us can handle it as well as we could. There’s the packing and making sure you don’t forget anything. Then there’s the logistics. Whether you are going with a big group of people or even if you are just going with your partner or your family. But, a larger group can cause you that little bit of added stress as it isn’t just you and your closest that you need to consider, there are so many other factors.
Skiing is one of the most popular types of trip that you can do in a larger group. There seems to be something for everyone, and lots to enjoy, aside from the skiing. So how do you plan a group holiday skiing without losing your mind? Here are some of the things to consider to help you get started.
The type of holiday you all want
First of all, you need to take some time to think about the type of holiday that you want. Consider who is going and what their interests are. Aside from skiing, you need to think about whether the resort will cater for everyone. So for example, a member of the party who have never skied before but want to learn. Is there a ski school that they could take part in and is their availability? There may be a member of the group who might not want to ski, but snowboard dinstead. Or maybe just want to have fun in the snow with younger children such as sledding or building snowmen. Does the resort cater for that? Are their bars and restaurants for eating out? These are just some of the things that you need to think about to determine whether you are all going to get the type of holiday that you are searching for.
The next thing to consider is where you will have your holiday. The location is important, and it needs to be perfect for everyone. You need to consider the time of year you are going and what the weather will be like. Is it suitable for what you want to do? The next thing to think about when it comes to location is to make sure that it’s close to all amenities you will need. That means close to restaurants and bars, or local supermarkets.
Of course, when it comes to skiing you also need to think about the level of skiing that is available. For example, are there runs suitable for all abilities. You will want to think about the learning side of things and the location of where you want to stay in line with what you want to do. Which brings us to the next point.
Where will you stay?
The accommodation is important, and so you may want to take your time over this to ensure that you get things right. For example, a larger group may want to stay in the same place. This is where lodges and chalets could come in handy. Purple Ski in Meribel has some great chalets that could be worth looking at to give you an idea. Most ski locations will have accommodation that will suit larger parties. However, if your group does want to have a bit of privacy, then you may need to search out a location that has accommodation that is close by together, or on the same complex. So that you get the best of both worlds when it comes to being together and having some time apart with your own family.
Who’s staying with who
Once you have your location and type of holiday you want, it’s worth considering the logistics of where everyone will stay. If you are booking a hotel, it is a great idea to work out who will be room sharing with who. This avoids any confusion from the start. This is particularly important if you are booking a ski holiday with a group of friends, rather than as a family. You may want to ensure that people are sharing rooms with others that they get on with, or feel comfortable with. The problem with a group holiday is that you may have people that get on better with others, so it is worth taking that into account.
It’s not just the logistics of who is staying with who that you need to think about, you also need to consider the logistics of getting around. This could be quite a daunting task, especially if you have organised things to do, runs to complete and sights to see. Minibuses and pre-booked taxis may be the answer here. Research and booking in advance is probably advisable.
The importance of a schedule
Travelling in a large group means that it will take a lot of organising. So it’s vital to recognise the importance of a schedule. This will keep the group in check and make sure you get the most out of your holiday. Everyone will know where they are up to and what you have planned.
Having a team leader
Not everyone will want the role of team leader, but it is important to have someone in charge. This means that they will keep to the schedule and make sure that everyone gets to where they need to be. This is probably best suited to a natural leader. Someone who likes to be in control. It is better than having a free for all and missing out on quality time together. Someone who is in charge is likely to take control of the booking and costs that need paying as well. It helps to avoid confusion for all kinds of aspects of the holiday so it is definitely worth assigning the role to someone that you trust.
Let’s hope these tips help you when planning a holiday with a large group.
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