You've heard the old quote..."There is strength in numbers". Well, 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 can really enhance your experience:
When a work-related group, such as an accounting firm, gets away from the stresses of the office at the end of tax season, they get the chance 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 accompanied on a post-tax-season getaway were definitely 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!
Extended families often live miles apart and the average family with children usually has such an incredibly busy schedule that it is often impossible to enjoy each other. It is becoming more and more common for a member of the family – usually a grandparent – to spearhead (and sometimes pay for) a multi- generational family group to get away together. Cruising is also a very popular extended-family getaway because there are so many onboard activities that 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.
It's also becoming more popular for groups of 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 take turns watching 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 usually ask them "are there any friends or family members that you think might enjoy joining you on this trip?" Most of the time, they end up sharing the info and thanking 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 some amazing memories at the same time? It's a true "Win- Win" for everyone!