Leader Of The Pack: Planning On A Lad’s Holiday

So, you’ve got a lad’s holiday on the cards? Good for you. Nothing’s better than escaping the stresses of everyday life with your favorite guys. Roll on days by the pool with a beer in your hands, right?

But, there are some potential pitfalls to a group of guys going away. Most notably, there can be a distinct lack of planning. You may find that you’re all expecting someone else to take care of the technical stuff. But, if you all assume that, it won’t get done. That’s why it’s time for you take charge. Someone has to lead the pack into a holiday they can enjoy, after all.

As cool as it may sound to be ‘leader of the pack,’ this role does come with some slack. Your mates will probably consider you a moaning Minnie by the time you’re jetting off. But, you can rest easy that they’ll secretly be grateful you took one for the team. So, follow these pointers to ensure your time away runs smooth!

Get your dates right well in advance

One of the hardest things about planning a holiday with other people is ensuring you’re all on the same page with dates. If you’re heading away for peak season, you’ll need to book up at least four or five months in advance to get a good hotel. And, before you can do that, you need to know everyone has time off work!

As soon as the holiday becomes a seed in your minds, you need to know what dates you’re working with. Meet up with everyone, and get your phone calendars out. Then, ensure everyone makes a note of the dates you’re settling on. You don’t want anyone getting confused later down the line! And, make sure not to book anything official until you’ve all confirmed that time off work. Write a checklist of everyone, and tick off the names as they get back to you with confirmation.

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Can everyone leave the country?

Before you head for an airport disaster, make sure everyone is actually able to leave the country. Most obviously, this involves ensuring all passports are in date. It may seem like a no-brainer, but you’ll be amazed how often this slips people’s minds. Make sure everyone takes the time to check this. And, they’ll need to do so well in advance. Renewing a passport can take a while, so they’ll need to get ahead of the game!

There are also some conditions depending on your destination. You may all need to apply for a visa. Again, you’ll need to do this in plenty of time. Or, perhaps the conditions of entry are medical. While many travel vaccinations are optional, some are requirements for entry. Countries such as Indonesia may refuse you  if you can’t provide paperwork proving certain shots.

You’ll need to do your research to find out whether any of the above applies. A quick online search is all it takes. Then, take the lead. Find out how to fill a visa application. Then, book a doctor’s appointment for your vaccinations. If you don’t have time for that, you could always head somewhere like Rosemount Pharmacy. Pharmacies often offer travel vaccinations. It could be the easiest way to get the job done.

Once you’ve done all this for yourself, you’ll be in a better position to point your mates in the right direction.

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Airport transport

You won’t be going anywhere unless you arrange transportation to the airport. You could drive, but there’s a hefty cost for keeping your car there while you’re away. With proper organisation, though, this could still be an option. If just one of your drives, you could all contribute to the cost. Failing that, you could always book a taxi. Again, it won’t be too pricey if you’re all paying. Take time to talk things through, and settle on a plan everyone’s happy with.


Power of paperwork

You won’t be going anywhere if you don’t get your paperwork in order. It may be worth taking charge of paperwork for everyone. A sturdy plastic file is sure to keep everything safe. Bearing in mind that there is the chance of everything getting lost at once. At least if you all keep your own bits, one person losing their ticket doesn’t spell disaster for everyone. To get around the issue, you could all keep hold of passports and boarding passes. Things like details of the hotel, and tickets for excursions could go in the folder for safekeeping.

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Cascade of Colour is a UK Men’s Lifestyle blog delving in to the world of Male Fashion and Grooming, Food, Music (a lot of this!), Design, Tech and Travel. Want to get in touch? Drop me an email at cascadeofcolour@gmail.com

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