Do you want to get away for a few days? Planning a vacation can be a really exciting process, but it can also be very overwhelming if you have never planned a trip before. Perhaps you have an inkling to leave town, but you’re not sure where to go or even with whom to go with.

The first step in traveling with friends is deciding whom you want to travel with. You may have a wide group of friends, but let’s face it, there probably are not that many of your friends that you would want to take on a trip with you for an extended period of time. It is good to be spontaneous during travel, but when selecting a travel partner, you must weigh your options on who would be the best fit for you during extended periods of time.

Once you have decided who your travel partner(s) will be, the next step is getting on the same page with your friend(s) on a destination. Say, for instance, you want to reunite with your high school buddies. You live in Washington State, while one friend lives in California, and another lives on the East Coast. Sure, you could meet at your old stomping grounds or two of you could travel to another person, but it would also be fun to visit a new place.

Have each person make a list of the top three destinations on their wish list with ideas on what to do at those places as well. Then narrow it down and take a vote on the place you will be traveling to. Once that is out of the way, figure out what activities would be fun to do and then vote on that as well.

One thing to consider is that each person in your party has different motivations and mindsets when traveling. You don’t want to travel with friends who want to build an expensive itinerary when you are on a more limited budget or vice versa. Discuss beforehand what an ideal budget is, unless you do not foresee money being an issue during travel.

If you’re traveling in a group, large or small, you have to be mindful of everyone’s moods and energy levels. Some people fatigue quicker than others, even if you are all the same age. It is important to take naps, if needed, so that everyone can enjoy themselves throughout the trip.

If you are traveling with a group of friends, determine the best sleeping situation beforehand. One of the easiest ways to get this figured out is to book a vacation rental. Most vacation rentals are either condos or resorts, both of which feature versatile sleeping arrangements such as multiple beds and rooms or pullout beds.

Traveling with old friends can be a lot of fun, especially if you pick the right destination and the right place to stay. Grand Pacific Resorts has many options to choose from for your trip. Give us a call at (877) 477-7368 today to get started on your next trip.