Words: Yours truly • Photos: David • Location: Oslo Opera House
(This one is coming to you a little bit later than I would’ve liked but better late than never, right? Right.)
About 10 days before D and I took off to Asia, we went on a little Bank Holiday trip with two of our dear friends, Asma and Mo of Jet Set Chick fame. We went to Norway, stayed in a beautiful Airbnb on the island of Tjøme, and had a brilliant time.
Now we rarely ever go on holidays with friends. We might have gone on holidays ‘to see friends’ but not often ‘with friends’, and from this trip, I picked up a few tips and tricks to organising a getaway with a group of people – and here they are.
one Why take group trips?
First things first, understanding the values of taking group trips can set you up nicely for a wonderful adventure. You’ll get to know each other really well (and I mean really well), you’ll make memories and loads of inside jokes, you’ll be able to strengthen your bond, and you may even do things you never would’ve done if you’re travelling by yourself or with only your usual travel buddy.
… If nothing else, you’ll have photographers on tap to snap your holiday photos!
two What’s everyone’s budget?
Ok, it’s time for some real talk: How much is everyone prepared to spend?
There’s no point in avoiding money talks because you’ll just end up in awkward financial situations, and that’s the last thing you want on a holiday – so ask questions: “How much money are you bringing on the trip?”, “How much do you usually spend on a holiday?”, “How much are you planning on spending?”
I get it, it’s never easy to talk about money amongst friends; but trust me, it can save you from a lot of potential embarrassment.
three Where to … ?
Let’s get to the exciting part: picking a destination! We chose to go to Norway because we’re all big fans of the country and wanted to see more of it! Simples! 🇳🇴
Other than the destination, you should also discuss and decide where you want to stay. As mentioned above, we opted for an Airbnb simply because it suited our needs: we wanted to have social space and somewhere we can prepare our own meals, and Airbnb seemed the most sensible option. But wherever you’re headed, I’m sure there will be plenty of alternatives in terms of accommodation – whether it’s a hotel, a B&B, or a hostel – so make sure you consider all (or at least a few) of them.
four How to get around?
This is another must! Personally I’m not fussed when it comes transportation, but I do appreciate that not everyone enjoys the idea of sitting in traffic jam and that some people may prefer taking the taxi over the train. All of these are things you need to be mindful of ahead of the trip so that no one has to compromise when the time comes.
Since we stayed in the more rural side of Norway, we decided to hire a car (and share the cost: another benefit of travelling with friends) to give ourselves a bit of freedom of movement – speaking of which…
five Who does what?
Before we could hire a car, we had to decide who’d drive and who’d call shotgun (it was me) because there’s no point in arranging your own personal mode of transportation if no one is happy to be the designated driver. So share the responsibilities; if someone is taking charge of organising the taxi to the airport, maybe someone else can book the train tickets for when you arrive at the destination – and make sure everyone’s on the same page.
I’ve probably made travelling with friends sound more inconvenient than it is… and it really doesn’t have to be, if you can just be considerate and thoughtful when planning.
My question for you is: Have you travelled with a group of people before? If so, do you have any tips that you’d like to share?