Tips For Group Travellers

18 July 2011

Guest Blogger Earl Squirrelson has sent in some useful tips for anyone thinking about the wonderful world of group travel. From orgnaising your money to getting to know your group, Earl's got some great points. Earl is currently in Ireland after finishing a 45 day Ultimate European Contiki tour.

 Group Travel

1: Ask your Flight Centre travel consultant about online discussion forums to visit where you can meet fellow travellers before you depart. It made it much easier when I got to London to have already met a few people online.

2: Be confident and chat to everyone you can as much as possible. The more you speak to people the more chance you will have of getting to know them and enjoying the tour more. By then end of day two I knew most peoples names.

3: Be open to trying anything and everything. I never thought I'd eat snails or frogs legs but I'm glad I tried them in Paris. It was a lot of fun and to my surprise as I loved the snails. Not so much the frogs legs but at least I can say I have tried them. Willingness to be involved and experience the culture is a sure fire way to have a lot of fun and bond with your new travel mates.

4: Have as many different ways to access cash as you can. I used the Multi-currency Cash Passport™ (which can be organised through your Flight Centre consultant) and loaded them up with pounds and Euros but I also took along an Aussie credit card and Visa debit card which came in handy when I ran out of euros and needed money. The last think you want to be doing when the group is exploring is going on a hunt for money.

5: Make sure you have some good entertainment for long bus / train trips. Books, magazines, playing cards and if you like checking your facebook, email etc take an iPhone, iPad or notebook, it will come in handy!

6: Make a budget, then double it. The last thing you want is to be in a magnificent city like Rome or Budapest and not have enough money to see what you want to see.

7: Do your research on each city you are going to visit. The Contiki tour managers often give you information on each place but it helps to also do your own research as you will have plenty of free time to do exactly what you want, so be prepared, and you will have an even better time.

For more advice from Earl you can contact him on Twitter or on his Dare Me To Travel Facebook page. 

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