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Planning Your Next Trip With College Friends? Here's What You Should Know!

College days are the best days for you to spread your wings and fly away. You are no longer under your parents’ wings, you don’t have a regular 9-5 job, you probably aren’t married, and you have tons of free time to spare.

By Flora MayerPublished 4 years ago 3 min read
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College days are the best days for you to spread your wings and fly away. You are no longer under your parents’ wings, you don’t have a regular 9-5 job, you probably aren’t married, and you have tons of free time to spare. Your friends aren’t married either, so they have no families to look after. You get to decide where to go and what to do once you get there. Indeed, there isn’t a better time to plan a group trip with your friends.

Planning a trip with college friends is as easy and as difficult as you want it to be. To help you have the best experience, here are 6 planning tips for you:

1. Picking the right destination is crucial

You are all “wild and free”, and healthy, and so every destination that comes to mind will have something fun for you. However, you need to find a destination that has something to offer each and every member of your group. Ask every member what their ideal trip would be like and then use their suggestions to find a place that has most of your common interests. Remember to find a destination that has an active nightlife, you know, just in case you want to let the youthful party animal loose.

2. You can leverage travel programs for college students

Travel programs for college students allow students to travel at cheaper costs. All you need to do is find such a program (e.g.) WorkAway and HelpStay), register your group members, and then everything else will fall into place. You will be paying for your travel, accommodation, and food expenses by trading your skills. You can, for example, be volunteering with an NGO abroad, then you have all your travel itineraries catered for.

3. Share responsibilities

Maybe you are the master planner in the group, but don’t do everything on your own. Planning a group trip can be tiresome and hectic, and you definitely don’t want to sacrifice your study time to do all the work. Remember that as much as you are in college together, everyone has their own life and agenda to push after graduation. Get one person to research accommodation and fun activities in your target destination, another one to cater for the travel itinerary, someone to work on the visas, and so on.

4. It helps if you can make reservations and bookings beforehand

You need a flight reservation in order to get a travel visa. You need a reputable travel agency to help you with that. Note that if your reservation isn’t authentic, you could be denied a travel visa. Another important thing to reserve is accommodation. Chances are that you will be operating on a shoestring budget, so you should be careful not to spend too much on accommodation alone. Book a hostel or a cheap vacation rental that will accommodate you all, instead of booking an upscale hotel room for every member. Buying travel insurance for every member in advance is critical as well. Something unpleasant can happen to you as a group or to someone in your group when you are in a faraway destination.

5. The timing of your flight is very essential

Being a student means that you aren’t free to take a trip every month of the year, but that doesn’t mean that you should completely ignore the need for proper timing. Outline all the months of the year and single out the ones in which your group is free to travel. Of those, find the best dates to travel as well as where to travel. Travel when the airplane tickets are favorable, when there is something to see and fun activities to engage in, and when accommodation and food prices are at their lowest in your target destination.

6. Be smart with your money

Going for a college group trip is both a luxury and a privilege. You are lucky that you can afford to go on a trip when some of your colleagues are struggling to find tuition fees. Also, remember that you will need money for business capital or to pay your student debts once you graduate. Be very careful with your trip budget. Use public transit and visit tourist sites that are free in order to minimize your total expenditure.

Conclusion

A students’ group trip should not be overzealous or unnecessarily complicated. You all are young and healthy, so you can easily fit in any situation you find yourselves in. Be a little ambitious with your plans, but be careful not to overdo it. That way, none of your members will have a stressful trip.

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About the Creator

Flora Mayer

Flora is a young and ambitious who has been researching self-development for the past two years and is now off traveling the world. She helps tourists with free walking tours in London - so get in touch with her if you want a special tour.

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