How to Plan a Successful Group Trip

Get tips on how to plan your vacation so you have fun and don’t kill each other.

Stever Robbins
5-minute read
Episode #161

Have the Planners and Doers Compromise

When you travel with a group, people have different goals, even though they rarely realize it.

Bernice channeled a great strategy from her 5,000 year-old spirit guide that satisfied our planners and doers. We got to the park early, went right to the back of the park, and worked our way forward. Since everyone else starts at the front, there were no lines for the first rides we want on. Wally World also has a "fast pass" system where you can get a pass to get right on a ride at a specific time. On the way to the back, we grabbed a fast pass for the ride at the front that we really wanted. By the time we made it back to the front, it was time to get right on the ride.

There’s one more type of person: the 8-year old. Never ask an 8-year old if he wants to do something he’s never done before. He won’t know. He’s never done it. Instead, tell him what you’re doing and if he objects, then consider the objection.

How to Budget with a Group

Bernice likes to be careful with her money. "It is Goddess energy made real," she likes to remind us. This may be the first time she’s traveled with an 8-year old. Every purchase was a debate. After the sixth argument about how much Goddess energy made real Thomas was allowed to spend on a hot pretzel, we gave Bernice a small bucket of ice cream and while she was distracted, we channeled my spirit guide who gave Thomas a daily budget. He could spend his budget on anything he wanted. It meant no haggling over each purchase, and Thomas would learn the value of money. When he spent his budget for the day, he was done. This spirit guide thing could be useful...

Shut Down the Electronics on a Trip

You’ve gotten the money taken care of, now comes the fun. Be efficient about it! You're there to have fun and enjoy each other’s company. The best way to do that is by actually being there. My spirit guide says that being present is the path to enlightenment. Melvin waited 50 minutes in line to go on the Super Car Race ride with me. He spent the whole ride texting about it to his friends and trying to hold his phone still to get it on video. At the end, he turned to me and said, "We waited 50 minutes for that? That was boring!" His phone had a great time. Don’t be Melvin. Turn off your phone and enjoy where you are!


About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.