Booking a holiday with your friends and family is a great idea – not only do you get to explore a new country or town with your loved ones, but you can split off into different groups so that you all get to enjoy your time away from home. However, planning a large group holiday can be hard work, especially if people have different tastes and want to do different things. Below, we’ve put together a handy guide to organising the perfect group holiday. Read on to find out more.

Find out who’s going

The first thing that you need to consider is numbers. Decide how many people you want to bring with you on your group holiday, including partners and children, and make sure that everyone is available for your selected dates. The most difficult part of a group holiday is finding a date when everyone can get time off work and school, so we recommend organising your trip several months in advance. Indeed, you could even create a Facebook group and invite everyone to suggest dates, even running polls to shortlist the month and date to maximise attendees.

Choose the right accommodation

Once you’ve got the numbers in place, it’s time to decide where you’d like to go. There are endless choices when you’re considering a group holiday, but hotels should be avoided if you want to have everyone under one roof. Lots of hotels ban group bookings for events such as stag dos and hen parties, so you should instead consider finding accommodation where you can all relax together. Companies like Landed Houses offer large country houses to rent in some of the UK’s most scenic of choices, so it’s an option to consider if you want to keep it local.

Book some activities

As we’ve already mentioned, the chances of finding an activity that every member of your group will want to do at the same time is slim, so preparing them in advance is another sensible idea. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in the middle of nowhere or you’re on a tourist strip in Benidorm – you’ll be able to find activities to appease even the most fussy of guests. Sporting activities like horse riding and bodyboarding are great fun for all ages, while paintballing, cooking classes and spa days are also popular choices. The sooner you book your activities, the better, so start now!

Decide on transport

Another important task as chief holiday organiser is transport. If you’re going overseas on your holiday, then you’ll need to arrange transfers to and from the airport, and decide who’s going to check on your animals when you’re out of the country. If you’re staying closer to home, though, then you may decide to rent a couple of minivans so that you can all travel together, or instead you could print off some maps and have groups follow you in a convoy. If you want to splash the cash and celebrate your holiday in style, you could even hire a luxury car or limousine to get you to your destination, or really push the boat our and travel to your accommodation in a helicopter.

Think about food and drink

One final thing you should think about before you book your group holiday is food and drink. Depending on the size of the group, you could take it in turns to cook evening meals, meaning you’ll need to buy your ingredients in advance. Alternatively, you could organise a restaurant crawl, where you visit a different eatery every evening to try local and international cuisine. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, then you’ll always be able to find local takeaways that offer some tasty meals that won’t break the bank; if you’re staying in a tourist resort, then the chances are that you’ll be able to get your hands on a host of dishes at a moment’s notice. Bon appetit!

There’s no denying that planning a group holiday can be hard work, but once you’ve got the foundations in place, the rest is easy. Take your time, start by finding the right accommodation, and the rest will fall into place on its own. Wherever you’re headed, have a fantastic time!