“I need a holiday to rest from my holiday!” Have you heard that one before? Sometimes we make holidays seem like work when the point to going on holiday is to have a nice time, get away from the regular routine, and relax. If the holiday itself is a lot of stress and bother, then what’s the point? Some ways of making it simple and fun are to keep the planning to a minimum, the distances short, and don’t go off on your own. Take your mates, or some other couples with you and find group accommodation that won’t cause too much stress on your travel nerves, or on your friendships.
Stay close to home
One reason to stay close to home is because travelling with a big group comes with its own challenges. Air travel means tickets, passports, departure times—and getting everybody organized can be a headache. It might be fun to contemplate, but it will be exhausting in practice. Staying somewhere that is only a car journey away will be a lot less trouble and a lot easier on everyone. Most group accommodation sites are in areas where you may have never had a chance to go before, offering you a lifestyle you never thought you would live.
Save money in luxury
Group accommodation sites are big and luxurious, and they represent the kind of experience that an ordinary hotel or resort can’t provide. You can stay in a large farmhouse, a manor house, or even in a beach-front property. Most places that size have wonderful facilities like beautiful gardens, swimming pools, tennis courts, and hot tubs. And you don’t have to share them with anyone but your friends. The other nice thing about these locations is that it is fairly easy to find one that is pet friendly. That’s something that an overseas holiday or a regular hotel doesn’t offer.
Celebrate with friends
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Group holidays mean that you won’t be alone. You can spend some time with the people who matter to you, doing the things you enjoy. Have parties or celebrate something. Group accommodation gives you the freedom to do that your own way. You will be able to enjoy meals and plan activities together in a relaxed, at-home kind of way—and you’ll still be away from the regular routine.
But keep your friends in the end
Holidays in big groups are fun, but be careful. There is nothing like 24-hour contact with someone to test the friendships between those in the group accommodation situation. In order to avoid finding things out about your friends and family that you never wanted to know, it’s best to have a few plans. First of all, be flexible, and don’t expect everyone to do the same thing all the time. If an activity is planned, everyone might not want to do it, and everyone might not be around all the time for every meal. Everyone will go his/her own way some of the time. Make some plans to manage the cooking and cleaning, though, so the same person doesn’t end up managing it all alone. This always leads to hard feelings, especially when some people come late for meals and still expect to find one, or begin cooking after all the cleaning is done.
Another issue in a group can be money. Decide in advance how it will all be worked out. Will you split the bill evenly? If so, it’s usually best to budget with the lowest income earners in the group in mind. Another way is to make one group responsible for the food, another for the petrol, another for the entertainment, and split the group accommodation fee. Consider collecting money upfront, however, for the big things, to keep things honest, open and simple.
All of that aside, a group holiday is a great idea, and a group accommodation will always have something for everyone. Whether you are looking for the countryside or the seaside, the shops or the nightlife, or just a great adventure, a holiday with friends and family will be just what you need. Don’t stress out this holiday. Stay in a home-away-from-home, and go have fun with your friends.
Mulberry Cottages is a holiday property agency specializing in luxury holiday cottages across Southern England. If you are looking for group accommodation in England, consider us!