Guide to Organising a Group Holiday

November 13th, 2019

Whether you’re planning a holiday with another family, a girls’ getaway or a family reunion, a group holiday is the perfect way to enjoy a relaxing break in the company of those you love. With the need to organise more people than just you, your partner and children, a group holiday will need to be carefully planned and organised so that everyone is happy and the holiday is stress-free. Our guide should get you started on the planning for your group getaway, making the process as easy as possible. 

 

Location

Perhaps the first thing to consider is the location. When you’ve got lots of people involved in a group holiday, travelling abroad can be a nightmare. Organising a big family or friend group with the right travel documents and times can be a challenge, and many would like to avoid having to fly, especially when there are younger children involved. That’s why a holiday in Cornwall is so ideal. For much of the UK, the drive isn’t too bad, making it an accessible choice for many. 

 

Travel aside, the best thing about Cornwall is that there is something for everyone. Beautiful beaches, gardens and moorland offer the perfect place for a relaxing stroll in nature, while more active members of the group may like to try surfing, canoeing or paddleboarding, with plenty of coastline and rivers to play with. Inland, explore the quaint villages and delightful towns, and get a feel for the history and heritage of the county. For those looking for a more vibrant spot, head to Truro, Cornwall’s capital, for shopping, entertainment and great food! 

 

Budget

The second discussion should be regarding the budget. Individuals all have different ideas of how much they would like to spend on a holiday, including meals out and activities while you’re away. To avoid awkward moments in the restaurant or when you come to pay for your accommodation, the budget should be established and well known to the whole group. 

 

If you’d like to enjoy an indulgent trip away but are worried about additional costs, then our group booking holiday cottages in Cornwall may be just the thing. As self-catering cottages, you can prepare as much or as little of your own food as you’d like, helping to cut some costs of the holiday if necessary. Alternatively, if this is a chance to relax and celebrate, then there are plenty of incredible restaurants nearby to suit your budget, including Azura, our onsite restaurant.

 

Organisation

Organisation is key to a smooth and enjoyable group holiday. It allows your mind to properly relax while you’re away, knowing that everything you may need or want to do has already been thought about and arranged. Try not to leave all of the organisation up to one person; it’s much easier when everyone chips in and gets involved. Allocate tasks to individuals within the group. For example, one person could review and make a reservation at one of the restaurants you’d like to go to, and another could do the online shop and arrange the delivery for when you arrive. 

 

Deciding on what activities to do or where to go for your meals out can also be tricky, as with many people, comes many ideas, interests and tastes. To the decisions a little easier, it’s a good idea to do all the research on attractions in the area before you go, and put forward two preferences each. This creates a shortlist of the activities you’d like to do while you’re away, each member of the group can then choose two of their favourites (without being allowed to pick their own suggestion). The top choices can then be added to your holiday itinerary. 

 

Communication

For some, the anticipation of a holiday is almost as exciting as the actual thing! Being able to talk to your co-workers and friends about your next getaway, buying your holiday clothes and thinking of all the fun you will have all contribute to the eagerness and enthusiasm for your next holiday. So, why not share this with the people you’re going on holiday with too? Nowadays, it doesn’t matter how far away from each other you live; you can still be in contact to share your excitement. Set up a group chat, and let the holiday vibes flow! 

 

Group chats are also a great way for everyone to stay in the know about who’s doing what and whether it has been done yet. It’s reassuring to know when tasks have been sorted for your arrival, as it allows you to relax and know that everything is taken care of.

 

Time to Yourself 

Free time while you’re away is equally as important as spending time together. For some, reading a book and having a bath is their relaxation dream, whereas, for others, a trip to the pub or a long walk in nature is what they need. Allow enough time in your holiday for members to go off and do their own thing, or unwind somewhere quiet. That way, you’ll all be rejuvenated by the time you regroup again. Our biggest cottages can sleep six, so if your group is bigger, or involves multiple families, why not book a cottage for each family? That way, you can enjoy the company of your family and friends during the day, before returning to your immediate family for a more relaxing time at night. Call us to book on 01872 862194, and we can try to book you into cottages located next to each other. 

 

If you’re looking to plan a group getaway to Cornwall, then we’re currently offering a discount of 15% off. The discount is valid on all properties, just use the code ‘Grp15’ at checkout online or tell us the code over the phone when you book! The discount is valid until the end of January 2020, so get booking!