There’s no wonder why flight attendants around the world instruct passengers to “put your mask on before assisting others.” How can you save anyone if you can’t save yourself?
This same rule applies to anyone looking to arrange group travel. Unless you are planning a trip for your immediate family members who all live in your home you are likely to run into numerous obstacles. I have experienced firsthand the frustration that comes along with coordinating travel with people who initially displayed good intentions, but you can’t take good intentions to the bank.
If a person does not have the means to pay for a vacation you can talk to them about preparing a budget, but that is honestly behind the eight ball considering the way you book your travel. Using a travel agent affords the opportunity to make a deposit on a trip while scheduling payments to pay off your balance, but that is not an option if you are searching the ‘net for a deal. While I have booked vacations both ways, a person without savings will not be able to take advantage of internet deals if they don’t have cash or room on a credit card (which I hope you would pay off immediately).
To save yourself some heartache consider booking your vacation before inviting others to join you. I can’t begin to tell you how many people see my photo’s on Facebook and make comments like, “You’ve got to tell me when you plan theses things” or “I am definitely coming with you on the next trip”. T H E Y N E V E R B O O K! (No shade, but my time is valuable.) I don’t have time to waste planning trips with someone who doesn’t have the means or is simply blowing smoke. Neither do you.
Checklist for keeping travel plans and friends:
- Research and book your vacation.
- Show friends/family your itinerary so they can coordinate their plans (should they actually decide to book).
- Be prepared to travel alone.
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