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 or profession, such as emergency services gets away from everyday stresses most people can't even imagine, 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/volunteer retention numbers. I will say that the fire/ems/police profession I have the pleasure of knowing and accompanying on cruises over the last 10+ years, are some of the most thoughtful, kind and generous people I have ever met...and it shows in the spirit of their dedication to saving lives.
Extended families often live miles apart and the average family with children usually has such an incredible busy schedule that 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. I am currently working with a family group who is planning a custom tour of Ireland this summer to trace their heritage - funded by Grandma. She would rather enjoy the vacation and experience of having all of her children together now than leave them the money later. 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 with 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!
Special interest groups - such as music, or perhaps sports. Many having the same interests get away together, get to know each other better. How much fun would it be to have everyone together - well let me show you this video of several groups that got together on one cruise to Bermuda - a group of ems/fire/police, a group of outdoor adventurists/runners and a group of musicians and friends - for one amazing time!
So, have I inspired YOU to get a small group together for your next adventure? It could end of being your favorite vacation EVER! why not get away with some friends and family and make some amazing memories at the same time?? While you are spending the day today with family and/or friends, why not plan your next adventure together? It's a true "Win-Win" for everyone!