So you have a group - a wine club, family reunion, loyal customers at your restaurant or yoga studio - and you want to travel together. Great idea! Travel truly brings people together. So what do you do? Where do you go? And when? Planning group travel can be daunting even if you know where and when you want to go! Some of the options that immediately come to mind for many people are ocean or river cruises, villa rentals, and custom escorted itineraries. A yacht charter or private jet charter can certainly help 'wow' your group too!
The decisions about when, where, and when will have a lot to do with the specific type of group that is traveling. Take into mind the ages, interests, past travel, and expectations. It is also important to consider the type of people who will make up your group. If you have a wine club, you are dealing with a group of friends who regularly spend leisure time together. Incentive travel for a large or small business, on the other hand, might not be a group of people who have a comfortable routine with one another outside of the office. A photography club, students on a school trip, or the best clients of a brewery or restaurant also will be very different groups.
We know it is also important to think about the types of activities that your group would be interested in doing while they are traveling together. Students will likely be visiting places that align with their schoolwork - be it history, political science, or language; while a photography club will want to seek out the most visually stunning and interesting locations around the city or countryside. A chef will often opt for a culinary river cruise or villa rental so that he or she can take the travelers on market tours and have cooking classes afterwards.
As you are deciding where to go and what to do, it is also important to consider when you want to go. The type of people who make up the group will help determine this for you - are they busy all summer? Is winter best? This too is important. What if your group can only get away in July but you didn't realize that this is the most expensive time to visit your ideal destination? Or that the castle you wanted to visit is closed then? As you can see, the 'when' is equally as important as the where!
There are nearly endless things to consider when planning group travel, so if you need expert guidance please know that we are always here for you. Planning group travel is something we truly enjoy and would love to help you with. Just ask!