Whether you are planning a family reunion, a bachelorette weekend, or a friends’ getaway, group travel tours can help structure and simplify your vacation. Like grocery shopping at a warehouse store, serious savings can be found when buying in bulk. Travel + Leisure's writers and editors evaluate group trips based on their value, their ease of use, and the quality of their offerings.
As if planning for one person isn’t complicated enough, planning for a whole group can sometimes feel downright impossible. Vacation packages specifically tailored to large groups help solve this dilemma. More and more hotels, resorts, and cruise ships are expanding not only their offerings but also their accommodations. It’s no longer unusual to see townhouses, bungalows, villas, or apartment-style lodging in places where only limited-occupancy hotels were once available. Looking for a spot that can sleep as many as 15 adults? Consider renting a villa on the grounds of an all-inclusive Turks and Caicos resort, booking a multi-bedroom hacienda on a southwestern ranch, blocking off a series of interconnected cabins on a large cruise ship, or perhaps even reserving the entire vessel of a smaller cruise.
All-inclusive packages, while more expensive at the outset, take care of most vacation needs. Not to mention that when everything is included, it’s easy to split the bill down the middle. Resorts, as well as many of the larger Caribbean cruises, are also great if you are traveling with kids, with some even offering childcare. However, a beach house, especially one with a pool, can keep kids of all ages just as occupied. Renting a house means groups can cook amongst themselves—granting greater control over the menu while saving money in the meantime.
Whether you are looking to rent a house in Nantucket, sign your family up for a guided long-distance bike ride along Lake Champlain, or arrange for a tropical girls-only retreat, group trips provide an opportunity for travelers to spend some quality time with the people they love. Check back often to discover T+L’s latest news, tips, and guides.