How To Organise A Group Holiday Without Killing Each Other

“I’ve been the chief organiser for our circle of friends for well over a decade now. I’ve organised 10 years worth of New Year’s Eve trips to lots of European cities for about 15 of us! It’s a large group and we

Tom Walters

Planning a holiday with a big group can be a headache – finding dates everyone can do, in a country people actually want to visit, with a budget that suits all attendees. It’s not an easy task – but it’s do-able, if you’re patient.

Thee people have shared with HuffPost UK how they managed to pull off a big group holiday, plus their tips that made it easier.

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Tom Walters

‘We always stayed in one big shared hostel room’

Tom Walters, 35, Chichester:

“I’ve been the chief organiser for our circle of friends for well over a decade now. I’ve organised 10 years worth of New Year’s Eve trips to lots of European cities for about 15 of us! It’s a large group and we’ve all been friends since uni. The first 10 trips were spent in different European cities – Barcelona, Rome, Prague – and we soon gravitated towards slightly less touristy places.

“We always went from 29 December until 2 January, and I always picked hostels. We would stay in one big shared dorm (with a rough split of seven men/seven women) and met some incredible people over the years. Around 2007, we noticed a change in how hostels presented themselves – they started to become artistically interesting and kitting themselves out with good decor.”

How To Organise A Group Holiday Without Killing Each Other - SurgeZirc UK
Tom Walter

“After we’d been in the hostel for a day or so we’d get to work on making as friends with the staff. This way we’d get the insider tips on the best place to spend New Year’s Eve. From songs around a campfire with a moustachioed guy from the UN under Charles Bridge in Prague, to letting off fireworks on Kuennsberg bridge in Berlin, to having a sing-off with a group of 60-year-old Ukrainians in Krakow, each one of those nights will last long into memory.

“For the past few years, I’ve been responsible for the same search but now for 10 adults and 12 children, too. This usually means a large house somewhere in the West Country!”

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