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4 Tips on Group Traveling

4 Tips on Group Traveling

Group tours are becoming increasingly common and they have their benefits, as well as their drawbacks.

A group tour is led by a tour guide, thus making such tours an excellent method with which you can travel to an entirely new destination. Apart from the guide, there are numerous benefits that you are subjected to. These advantages include inclusive prices for meals, hotels, cultural experiences, flights, itineraries that have already been planned, and a chance to get to know more people!

On the other hand, group tours don’t usually let you choose the places you want to visit in a particular city. Same goes for the activities. Similarly, the place you stay at and the places you eat at are not under your control.

For this reason, whenever you are touring with a group, you need to know a few group traveling tips. The most important ones are mentioned below.

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1. Know the people you are traveling with

This is perhaps the most vital thing to do while on a group trip. Being on friendly terms with the people you are going with will only make your trip better.

Even if you already know the people you are traveling with, sharing such an important experience like this reveal new things about the group members and will surely bring you closer together.

In the end, when you reminisce about the trip, you won’t remember the people that annoyed you, but you will remember the people you enjoyed the most. Who knows, you might find a best friend in the group of individuals or even your soulmate!

2. Practice patience

Regardless of how much fun and how worth it group tours are, it doesn’t change the fact that traveling in a group is not easy. You will need to be patient a lot of times, and you will also need to sacrifice a lot of your time.

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For example, you might have to stay longer in a park or a museum because someone refuses to leave. Similarly, since you’re in a group, walking to places will also take more time.

Moreover, in a group tour, there will be all kinds of people, including kids. There is a high probability that there is going to be a person in a group who will annoy you or the screaming and crying of kids can get on your nerves.

Irrespective of the size of your group, your patience will be tested at one point or another. For this reason, you must know how to control your anger. You should also understand that while traveling in groups, you need an entirely different mindset.

The key is to not let people ruin your good time!

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3. Communicate with each other

Try gathering all the members of the group tour in a room and have them voice out their preferences, as well as the approach that they would like to take on the tour.

This will help to clear up the things that people want to do, the time at that they would like to start the day, and their cuisine preferences. Clearing up all of these details will make the traveling experience a much more enjoyable one.

You need to ensure that everyone voices their opinions since they are also a part of the group. Listen to what others have to say. Let everyone make some contribution regardless of how small it might be.

4. Always have a backup plan

Make sure that you always have an alternate plan as a backup or an alternate activity planned just in case the itinerary collapses or if you want to adopt a different pace than the pace of the group. Backup plans are especially great in case of an airport transfer, as groups often mess up at large airports and forget the gate numbers or entry and assembly points.[1]

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Think of places that you want to visit so that they can work as a backup plan for you in cases of emergencies. The bottom line is that only you are responsible for how your trip goes so you should try and make it as productive as possible.

Also, another note is that it is always great to consider renting a good recreational vehicle whenever moving in a group. There are a lot of sell my RV classifieds in local newspapers and online where owners can easily be convinced to provide you with their RVs at really low prices, keeping your budget low and the level of pleasure you get from your travels at an all-time high.

Featured photo credit: Group Travel via hotelbooking.deals

Reference

[1] Pontarelli Chicago Limousine Service: 3 Problems With Group Tours And How To Avoid Them

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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