Booking Your Trip
If you’re the designated-organizer for your family reunion, the job of booking travel for a large group of relatives can be described in many ways…but “fun” is generally not one of them. It’s time-consuming, for one thing. And this is one job where the devil’s definitely in the details (and in which some family members may act a bit like devils!). But at TroopTrip.com, we can help take the pain out of the process. We have all kinds of ways to make the process go smoother, and easier. And we’re developing new ones all the time!
One thing’s important to remember from the start. Don’t forget to ask about group discounts. And don’t forget that the bigger the group, the better the discounts you might be able to arrange.
Don’t forget, as well, that someone’s got to mind the books. And, in this case, it’s generally the group leader. Make firm deadlines (well in advance) for getting the payments in. And – as tough s this might be with family – stick by your deadlines. You don’t want to become a money-chaser from your own family; it puts you in a very awkward position.
And if you’re the one doing the books, make sure they’re accurate; you need to know exactly who’s paid what and who owes what.
If you’d rather not have to chase down your own relatives for their payments, however, there is another option. You can just have everyone make their own arrangements. Keep in mind that you could be forfeiting the opportunity for any group discounts if you go this way. But it might be worth it to preserve the family peace.
WHO WANTS TO DO WHAT
Do you want to be – and are you expected to be – the Activities Director? Or would you rather not take on this task? If you choose the former, you’ll have to be somewhat of a tightrope-walker, providing opportunities for togetherness as well as opportunities for families or individuals to enjoy some personal time. And providing the option to choose.
One thing’s for sure, though – family members love to reminisce about the time Uncle Charley dove into the lake and his bathing suit fell off, or about the time that Cousin Carol’s dog wore a birthday hat for a family birthday party. So encourage everyone to bring family albums and videos. And, needless to day, make sure the reunion doesn’t end without adding to the collection!
Perhaps the most important rule of all is this: Don’t event think about planning your family reunion without TroopTrip.com! We’re now adding our special “Agent Assist” feature – which will enable you to get advice from travel agents right on the site! It’ll be a huge time and money-saver. And it’ll make your job much easier.
After all, we want your upcoming family reunion to be the star of new photo albums and videos!
By Steven Winston