If you’re like me, then you love to travel. You often think about sticking your feet in some warm sand while sipping on a margarita. You see yourself channeling your inner Daenerys Targaryen soaring over mountains on the back of a dragon. Only, in this case, it would be riding on the back of a horse galloping across a beach in the Dominican Republic, still awesome, but no dragon. Whatever it may be, you want to pack your bags and get on that plane.
So, you rally your friends and tell them it’s time for a vacation, but none of them want to dress up in full robe gear (scar, glasses and all) to hop on the train at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. There goes your hopes and dreams of pretending you got your acceptance letter to Hogwarts.
“Fine!” you say, “I’ll just go by myself.”
Then you check your bank account and laugh at the lack of zeroes after that number one, and honestly, do you really want to go alone?
It’s not uncommon for friends to want to do different things or go to different places, and it’s also not a bad thing. Maybe you guys are able to figure things out, that’s awesome! But for some, they may not be so lucky and going alone may not be ideal.
Let’s explore a few possible solutions.
Travel Team Assemble
Creating a travel group could be an option if you’re the heavy planning type. Take charge like Captain America, and plan your dream vacation.
A few tips to help:
- Vet members before entry (a little more detail below)
- Stay organized (before and during trip)
- Stick with payment due dates
- Provide Itinerary (this way people know exactly what activities are planned. Also, giving free days or free times will help those who may want a break from the group)
If you’re worried about not being able to find travel buddies, try creating a group on Facebook and start advertising it across your social media platforms. My sister joined a travel group from Facebook, and she just got back from a weeklong trip to the Dominican Republic. (Yes she was riding on a horse across the beach…I’m jealous).
Don’t forget to take precautions. The travel group my sister joined required all prospects to submit a three-part questionnaire before being accepted into the group. You don’t have to do this for your group, but you’ll want to come up with some kind of requirement before allowing entry.
Now go plan your trip!
“If there’s one thing I’ve proven, it’s that you can count on me to pleasure myself.” -Tony Stark
If you’re not the planning type and still want to hang with like-minded people while you kick your feet up and someone else takes care of the itinerary, try getting a membership with a travel company. I am a representative of World Ventures, a travel company that offers discounted vacation packages.
A recent trip that was a member favorite was to Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Members got to stay at a four DIAMOND resort with food, drinks encounters with sea lions, and tours all included in the price of $659. There are also other perks like airport transfers, dedicated concierge, and earning dream points to go towards discounting the trip even further. There are three different levels of memberships to help fit budgets.
Click here on my personal page to check prices.
Don’t forget space air travel.
If there is one thing that always seems to make me take a step back from going on a trip, it’s paying for a flight. Sometimes there are good deals, and sometimes there aren’t.
I believe some middle ground has been found by way of a company called Airfordable. They allow you to pay for your flight in installments. You provide them with the details of your flight, and they book it with a down payment. Set your schedule, make your payments, then they release your ticket!
I hope this helps.
Happy travels Blerds!
Written By Teondra Easterling Teondra Easterling resides in Minneapolis Minnesota. She graduated from Augsburg College (now Augsburg University), with a BA degree in Theater with an emphasis on directing, dramaturgy and playwriting. She just finished writing her first book titled Ameena, about a dormant witch living in New Orleans. It is the first book of a planned trilogy. (Read the first five chapters here). Teondra spends her free time re-watching Game of Thrones episodes, quoting superhero movies, and keeping an active pros and cons list on the members of One Direction to help decide which one she’s going to marry. (Harry is in the lead). Twitter: @Teederz
She can also be reached on her developing blog site, Diamond In the Rough here