Group Travel is becoming a more popular form of travel for all generations. One of the biggest reasons for this is safety. What many people don’t realize is that group travel is a great opportunity to save money for each traveller as well. So create a safer travel experience and save some money as well.
Following the events of 9/11 there was a surge in group travel because it made people feel more secure. Without many travellers knowing it the result was also better deals in all segments of the travel industry.
Groups give travellers the opportunity to gain some control over their lodging situations. Depending on the size of your group and the time of your travels, hotels will cater to your group needs. Hotels view group travellers as a great opportunity to cash in on their amenities. This works as a win-win situation for the travellers and the hotel. Lodges know that if you’ll be coming with a group, you will more likely be spending a good deal of money on drinks, food and entertainment. Not to mention that if they live up to your expectations, you may be coming back or raving to your friends about their hospitality.
What is a good group size? Actually it varies and some hotels consider 3 or more people a group. Obviously, if you have over 25, 50, 100 or more people travelling within a group then hotels or resorts will roll out the carpet to encourage your stay.
Get started by contacting a few hotels or resorts to get an idea of pricing, discounts and amenities. A few simple emails can give you an idea of which places are willing to work with you. Tell them exactly what you are looking for and what you expect from them (activities, cleanliness, restaurants, pool, spa and more).
Next, talk about prices and what other hotels were willing to do for you and see if they can beat their price. Find the one you really want to stay with and convince them that the other hotels have offered better deals, but you really want to stay with them for whatever reasons.
The bigger the group, the more negotiating power you as a traveller have to work with. To give you some ideas, perhaps for every ten travellers staying at the hotel you may want to negotiate the eleventh person for free. Try a few different strategies and see the discounts you might uncover.
Group travel is great for people with shared interests. For example, seniors travelling together, students exploring or even good friends or couples going on an excursion and maybe family members. Now, get your group together and go. If you don’t already have a group of people interested in travelling together then you might consider creating one such as a travel meet-up group. The sky is the limit when it comes to group travel and exploration.
Be sure to carry essential travel tools when you go such as a travel pillow or neck wallet. If travelling with kids, it great to carry a travel sewing kit with you. All of these a great items to have available for your trip.