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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 August 21, 2018

30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.

That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are 30 fantastic camping hacks you can use to make your camping experience as wonderful as possible!

 1. Use sage to repel mosquitoes.

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    Place some sage in your campfire and the smell is sure to ward off any pesky mosquitos.

    2. Liquid soap + cotton balls = no ticks.

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      If you or one of your fellow campers is having trouble with a tick, place the soap-soaked cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick will eventually stop chewing and will come away with the cotton ball. If the tick was attached for a lengthy amount of time you may want to consider keeping it in a container so that you can test it for Lyme disease later.

      3. Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.

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        It’s remarkably easy to get lost whilst camping. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can transform an acorn into a whistle!

        4. Corn chips for kindling!

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          Doritos are a great way to start a fire, just be careful!

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          5. Use the rest of the chips for nachos.

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            Nachos are easy to pack, light and simple to make. Plus they’re incredibly tasty.

            6. Use compact, microfibre towels!

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              These towels are incredibly easy to store and dry within an hour of use. Buy them here.

              7. Wrap duct-tape around your water bottle for emergencies.

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                You never know when you might need some.

                8. Make lamps out of jars and solar disks.

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                  Get all the info you need here.

                  9. Sangria!

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                    We know what’s really important. How to here!

                    10. One water bottle will hold eight eggs.

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                      By keeping all your eggs in a bottle you save time and hassle. Plus, no need to carry extra bowls or a whisk!

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                      11. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil is a surprisingly good mosquito repellent.

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                        Keep the bugs and the bug repellent smell at bay.

                        12. DIY shower.

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                          All you need is a watering can and a large jug. Here’s the full instructions.

                          13. Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.

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                            Glueing some sandpaper to the lid of a tupperware box where you can also store matches is a foolproof plan.

                            14. Make s’moreos easily.

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                              15. MarshJell-o shots.

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                                Learn how to make these delicious things here!

                                16. Or dip those marshmallows in Bailey’s. 
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                                  Toast the marshmallow first and then dip it in Bailey’s.

                                  17. Turn a bottle into a spoon.

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                                    It’s that easy!

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                                    18. Grits repel ants.

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                                      Just sprinkle grits wherever you see ants.

                                      19. Deodorant can be used to combat itchiness.

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                                        20. Wrap your meat in cabbage to stop it from burning.

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                                          That’s not an innuendo, it really will! The moistness in the cabbage creates the perfect barrier.

                                          21. Foam noodles will stop any injuries.

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                                            For any fellow clumsy people, you know how possible it is to smack your head and cause serious injury. Placing a foam noodle on the awning strut narrows down at least one accident waiting to happen.

                                            22. Carry some essentials in a small tin with you at all times.

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                                              You never know what you’ll need and when.

                                              23. Take toothpaste dots instead of a whole tube.

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                                                Let the drops dry out over 3 days, add a little baking soda and put them in a resealable bag.

                                                24. Use a stick to secure your tent.

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                                                  By placing a stick in the main centre line you ensure the pressure is even throughout, which will stop the grommets being pulled out.

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                                                  25. Vacuum seal your food before you leave.

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                                                    26. Popcorn on the campfire.

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                                                      Popcorn that you can place on the stove at home can also be popped over a campfire. You can also make your own using this tutorial.

                                                      27. You can even make bacon and eggs over it.

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                                                        That’s right! Full instructions here.

                                                        28. Keep your toiletries handy.

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                                                          Buy this magnificent contraption here.

                                                          29. Compact, unbreakable cups!

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                                                            Get them while you can!

                                                            30. Tic-Tac boxes are great for storing ingredients.

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                                                              With these 30 camping tips and tricks, you can work DIY magic into nearly every aspect of camping, and make your next camping trip a comfortable, easy blast. Good luck!

                                                              Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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