Tans will fade but the memories you make here on Maui are sure to last a lifetime, which is exactly why you should experience Hawaii with your loved ones! And while traveling in a large group of people with a variety of interests may seem a little intimidating, we have some travel tips that can help you get through the planning as well as the vacation itself.
Check out how you can be a good travel companion and enjoy a Maui vacation with a group of your loved ones!
Make It Collaborative From Start To Finish
From the travel dates right down to the activities, when planning a Hawaii vacation with a group it is important that you are all on the same page. Discover if your party members are interested in the same type of travel as you are and get to know each of them before you board that plane. If you are looking forward to more active adventures while most of your companions were just hoping to soak in the warm Hawaiian sunshine, then you might run into some unnecessary issues.
And for smooth traveling, we suggest creating a system where everyone will have a say in the planning as well as being fully informed. The easiest way to do so is to create a composite document like Google Docs where each person can contribute and have a hand in the organizing and booking.
If you are planning on going your separate ways so that you all can tackle your personal Hawaii bucket list, be sure to touch base with the group before heading out. Not only is this an important safety measure but it is important to be mindful of each other’s itineraries and can be helpful when coordinating meetups later in the day!
Discuss Goals And Budgets
While there are a number of fun Maui activities that can be done while on a budget, it is important to be on the same page with your traveling party on the budget for the overall trip. While some might set aside some money for their own personal purchases, when planning an affordable family vacation you will want to figure out how payments for recreation, food and drink, and accommodations will work sooner rather than later. The last thing you want is money to be a point of contention while staying in a new place with a large group of people.
It is also helpful to keep in mind that not everyone has to do everything together, though it is a great way to make your Hawaii vacation more memorable. With that in mind, it could be a good idea to branch off from time to time either solo or in small groups so that each person can achieve what they were hoping to while on Maui.
Cut Down On Luggage With A Group Packing List
A great way to avoid luggage costs and the overall hassle of keeping track of all your belongings is to collaborate with your group on who is bringing what. That handy Google Doc you made in the planning stages in addition to our ultimate Hawaii packing list can definitely be utilized to determine what to bring to Maui! The last thing you need in your oceanfront 3 bedroom condo for rent is more bottles of shampoo, hair strengtheners, speakers, etc. then there are rooms. Discuss what each of you are planning on packing and decide who is bringing what.
This comes into play when you are all trying to sort out the timing of your travel itinerary. It is important to remember that most large groups travel slower than just a couple of people, so it might be a good idea to plan on two major activities each day and leave room for any eventualities.
Flexibility can also be found in patience. It is definitely a virtue and that is especially so when traveling with other people. Not only are you in a new destination, but you are also in this new place with people that you might not be used to seeing at all parts of your daily life. You might even just need to take a deep breath and remember not to sweat the small stuff from time to time. The best way to be a good travel companion is to practice being mindful. Step (figuratively of course) into the other individuals in your group’s shoes for a moment and try to acknowledge how they might be feeling about a particular instance or activity.
All in all traveling with a group can be a lot of fun and full of a number of unforgettable memories. We look forward to seeing you and your loved ones join the Kahana Village ohana on your next Maui vacation, mahalo!