Gather up your family and or friends and plan your next getaway. Travelling in groups is a great way to unwind, bond and enjoy time spent together. Whether you are planning a stag do, hen party, family reunion or getting the squad together, Blue Lilo can help you find a great deal on your next group holiday. We make it easy to find the best deals so you can book a cheap holiday with ease. Remember if you're booking for a large group of 10 or more most travel providers require you call to book to get everything sorted. For smaller group bookings (9 and under) you should be fine to book online.
Decide what the group wants: Before you start searching, decide what sort of holiday the members of your group want. Are you looking for a city break? A relaxing beach break? an all-inclusive package holiday? Or wanting to party the night away? Once you've decided what kind of holiday you want, it will narrow down potential destinations and make it easier to find a great deal. Keep in mind you might need to make some compromises, but try and include something for everyone to enjoy. Some destinations let you combine different experiences; for example, a city break to Barcelona can also include some relaxation time on the beach.
Designate a Leader or Two: It's important to make someone responsible for making decisions and organising the trip. Otherwise, everyone might assume someone else is doing it. Having 1 or 2 people in charge makes it more efficient to plan a trip. Some of the responsibilities the leader could have are: choosing the hotel, flight times, collecting payment and booking the holiday. They could also research excursions, ask who in interested and book for those who want to go. Creating a loose itinerary early on can help to ensure that everyone is happy and gets what they want from their holiday.
Plan and Book Early: Hotels and especially flights fill up quickly, not to mention you have to work around lots of different schedules to plan a group holiday. To save headache, start planning and booking as soon as possible to ensure you get the flight and hotel you want and that the dates of your holiday don't clash with anyone's plans.
Make a List, Check it Twice: Nobody wants their trip spoiled because one person forgot their passport, or to get travel insurance. Make a list of the things that everyone needs to bring with them. It might also be a good idea to make a list of things the group needs, but that not everyone needs to bring. For instance, if you want portable speakers to play music in your room, you might designate one person to bring theirs to save precious luggage space.
Nab a Group Discount: When calling a travel provider to book your holiday, don't be afraid to ask if there is a group discount. Worst case scenario is that the answer is no. For family group be sure to search for holidays with free child places to save big. Some travel companies such as Jet2holidays let infants (under the age of 2 years) travel for free, helping you save even more.
Choose the Board Option that Works Best for You: Discuss as a group whether you want to prepare your meals, dine out, dine at the hotel or a combination of the three. This will help you decide what sort of board basis will give you the best value. There is no point in going all-inclusive if you end up eating at local restaurants most of the time. Self-catering might save you money, but only if your group is committed to preparing meals. Otherwise, it might be best to go for the convenience of all-inclusive.
Compare Private and Public Transport: Common sense says that public transport is cheaper than a taxi or private shuttle. However, depending on how many people are travelling, it may be cheaper to hire one of these at a flat rate than each person buying a bus ticket. Making a quick comparison can help you save even more on your holiday.
Antalya: This Turkish resort is a family favourite for a variety of reasons. One of them being the famous Land of Legends theme park. The attraction is a theme park, waterpark and aquarium all rolled into one. You can even dine with sharks at their underwater restaurant. Both big and little ones are sure to be delighted. The area is also home to fantastic beaches, a wealth of watersports and plenty of ruins to explore.
Tenerife: This sunny part of the Canary Islands truly offers something for everyone. There are plenty of beaches and watersports to try out. If you tire of that, the island is home to some world-class attractions such as the legendary Siam Park, voted the best waterpark in the world by Tripadvisor. If animals are more your thing then head to Loro Parque in the north of the island to observe colourful parrots and their famous dolphin and sea lion shows. The island enjoys sunny weather all year round, making it a perfect winter sun holiday choice as well.
Prague: Cheap drinks and a lively nightlife scene make Prague an excellent choice for stag and hen dos. There are plenty of sights to take in during the day as well. It's a favourite with stag dos that come to drink Czech pilsner for less than a bottle of soda in the UK. Prague is also a great city break destination for a group of friends.
Magaluf: Move over Ibiza there's a new Spanish party capital. Magaluf on the island of Mallorca also has plenty of buzzing nightclubs, world-class DJs and pool parties to compete with Ibiza. The island also has a reputation of being budget-friendly and offering plenty of inclusive holiday packages no matter what board basis you want.
Croatia: If you want a beach break with plenty of culture then Croatia is a fantastic choice. Whether you chose to stay in the Dubrovnik, Pula or Split area of the country, you'll have access to beaches and historic city centres. The country is blessed with medieval and Roman architecture as well as crystal-blue waters. If you tire of that, you can visit some of the countries stunning waterfalls such as Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Benidorm: Is a good bet for a fun-filled group holiday. This destination has it all so everyone will return home happy. There are plenty of beaches, clubs, bars and water parks to keep everyone entertained. You can split up during the day to do as you please, then meet up in the evening to party the night away.
Dubai: If you want to live large and experience things you can't find elsewhere, then Dubai is calling for you. The city has a lot to offer and no matter what your interests you won't get bored. Visit one of the best waterparks in the world, treat yourself to some retail therapy, indulge your senses with fine dining or ride a camel in the desert! If you can dream it, you can do it in Dubai!