It's that time of year again and summer is fast approaching us. Roll on those hot summer days and long summer nights, beaches, ice creams and hanging out with friends. Maybe you're even planning a holiday with friends, and here's where todays post comes in.
My friends and I are about to embark on a summer holiday together (my first big group holiday) and planning it has become something of an art form. Now, before I go any further I just want to say that most of the planning (read: all of the planning) has been done by my very organised and very kind friends, but I thought I would share with you some tips and tricks anyway.
The Group: It goes without saying, but make sure that you get along with the people you are going on holiday with. You are probably going to be with these people 24/7 and if you don't get along with them you're not going to enjoy your holiday to the max.
Price: Arrange a group meeting and discuss a rough price range with a maximum price you wouldn't be able to go over. You'll all be much more happier if you have a rough price range and you try to keep within it. The length of the holiday will also be linked to the price, so when you've arranged a rough price range also discuss dates and a rough time scale.
Destination and Accomodation: Now for the fun bit, pick your destination and type of holiday; be it Villa, Interailing, or City Escape. When booking Accomodation don't just go off pictures and price. Look at the location, is it in a nice part of town, close to the city centre and local ammenities? If you don't know, google it. Does the owner, landlord, hotel chain have a good reputation and are easy to deal with? Also check what is included in the price. For example if it doensn't include sheets and duvets you may have to pay extra or bring a sleeping bag with you.
Most importantly however, is to make memories, have fun with your friends and visit lots of new and exciting places.