The golden rules of a group holiday

The golden rules of a group holiday

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, even the most well-meaning group can have differing opinions on what to do and where to go. Thistle City Barbican has teamed up energy expert Oliver Gray to provide some travel etiquette tips to ensure your mini-break stays on a high note.

  • Before you leave, get together as a group and make a list of the things you want to do. There is nothing more frustrating than spending precious holiday time trying to decide how to fill your time. It also adds to the excitement of the trip in the build-up, and this helps the group bond ahead of time.
  • Try to find a regular sleeping pattern. Even if you are going to bed at different times each night, agree to meet for breakfast at a fixed time in the morning. This will help your body’s energy levels to remain balanced, while an early walk in the hustle and bustle of the city is very invigorating and a perfect way to keep positive energy up.
  • Be sure to eat balanced meals. On holiday it’s so tempting to gorge on foods you wouldn’t usually, and that’s fine in moderation, but the aim is to come back feeling good about yourself – it’s good to keep that in mind.
  • Compromise is the key.  Often when we go away with friends, one person’s idea of a good time isn’t someone else’s. Perhaps you’re a seasoned traveller who likes to explore, with a shopaholic who’s keen to hit the shops. Go along with something you wouldn’t normally do and see where it takes you – you may bag a bargain you weren’t expecting, or discover a great story to go home and tell the family.
  • Finally, treat yourself! Do a spot of shopping in the city and pick something up that you wouldn’t normally buy for yourself; it will remind you of your break and also cheer you up when you get home and back to reality.

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