You’ve heard the old quote... “There is strength in numbers.” There is also a heck of a lot of fun in numbers, especially when you travel with like-minded and fun-seeking friends and family members. Unless you are planning a honeymoon, anniversary trip, or simply a romantic getaway for two, you might want to consider asking a few friends or family members to join you on your next vacation. Here are several reasons why it will enhance your experience:
1. “Work Groups” When an Accounting firm gets away from the stresses of the office at the end of tax season, they have the opportunity to blow off some steam and make fantastic memories together. That can lead to happiness in the workplace and even improve the long-term employee retention numbers in the firm. I will say that the partners of the firm I recently helped plan a post-tax-season getaway were some of the most thoughtful, kind, and generous business owners that I have ever met...and it shows in the spirit of their employees. The company that plays together...stays together!
2. “Extended Families Group” Often, friends, and family live miles apart. The average family with kids usually has a hectic schedule, so it is often impossible to enjoy each other. It is becoming more and more common for a family member –(usually a grandparent)–to spearhead (and sometimes pay for) a multi-generational family group to get away together. I am currently working with a family group planning a custom tour of Italy next summer to trace their heritage –funded by Grandpa. Now, he will vacation and experience having all of his children together, building long-lasting memories they all will cherish. Cruising is also a trendy extended-family getaway because so many onboard activities appeal to all different age groups. It’s a very relaxed and fun atmosphere that allows all ages to have fun and spend time with each other.
3. “Alumni Friend Groups “It’s also becoming more popular for friends to get away together. Especially friends who have kids the same ages! How much fun would it be to have the kids all playing together at the beach or pool while the adults enjoy a cocktail and a little adult R&R. If there are older kids involved, they can even watch the younger ones while the grownups go out for a rare childless dinner. There are built-in playmates for both the youngsters and the adults alike! When I have a family book a spring break getaway or summer vacation, I ask them, “are there any friends or family members that you think might enjoy joining you on this trip?” They share the info most of the time and thank me for thinking of the idea...Hey... that’s what I do! So, have I inspired YOU to get a small group together for your next adventure? It could end up being your favorite vacation EVER! Why not get away with some friends and family and make amazing memories simultaneously???? It’s a true “Win-Win” for everyone!