How To Travel With A Medium Or Large Group And Not Go Insane

Back in the early-to-mid 1990s, Joe and I were both members of a theme parks-themed message group on the long-extinct online service called Prodigy (anybody? Beuller? Beuller?).

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There were several hundred of us, mostly Disney World fans, in the group and after a few years of writing back and forth, we decided to have a get together that we called “The Gathering” (for you Disney fans out there, it was YEARS before “Disney’s Magical Gatherings,” when they were promoting big groups, and it had nothing to do with “Magic: The Gathering,” either). About 100 of us came to Walt Disney World at the same time and finally got to meet each other in person. It’s also, BTW, when I first met Joe (who was nothing – and I mean NOTHING – like I expected. This was before you could really post photos on the internet and I was expecting some middle-aged dude with a wife, kids and a white picket fence around his house. He turned out to be an unattached college student. Go figure.).

Anyway, the 100 of us spent the week going on the attractions together, eating meals together, etc. And that Gathering, and the ones we went to afterward (we had about a half dozen over the course of almost 10 years), taught me a WHOLE LOT about traveling with medium and large-sized groups.

This has got to be the biggest waste of precious vacation time when you’re traveling with a group:

Person A: What do you want to do?
Person B: I dunno, what do you want to do?
Person A: Wanna do this?
Person C: OMG, I hate this! Let’s do that instead.
Person B: No, I don’t wanna do that.
Person D: Well, how about we do the other thing, instead?
Person E: I’m not in the mood for the other thing.
Person F: Well, we could always do such and such.
Persons A and C: No, I’m allergic to such and such.
Person B: Well then, how about this thing?
Person G: Ewwwww, no!
Person H: I’m with Person C – let’s do that!
Person I: Are you crazy? No, let’s just do that thing.
Person J: Noooooo!
Person K: Look, you guys just go figure something out. I’m gonna go sit on that bench over there. Let me know when you’ve made up your minds.
Person L: Oh, for crying out loud. Can’t anybody here make a decision? We’re doing such and such now.
Persons A and C: But we’re allergic to such and such!
Person L: Well, do you have a better idea? No. So we’re doing such and such.
Persons A, B, C and H: We’re not doing that. See you later.
Person F to Person K: Hey, do you want to do such and such?
Person K: Such and such? Really? REALLY?
Person L: We’re going to do such and such. NOW! End of discussion.
Person G to person J: I hate when he does that. Jerk.

Sound familiar? You can literally stand in one place for 30 minutes, with a bunch of people trying to figure out what you’re going to do next. And more often than not, the person with the biggest personality (or the biggest voice) makes the decision and at least one person in the group will have a chip in his/her shoulder for the rest of the trip because of it.

Here are some ways to avoid it:

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Hey, Did You Know That We Have A Facebook Group?

If you’re new to our travel blog, you may not know that we also have a Facebook Group that’s 100% devoted to travel. We’d just LOVE if you would join us!

Travel: Disney, the US, Points, Miles, Savings & Everything Everywhere Else features past and present posts from Your Mileage May Vary, as well as travel-related posts from other bloggers and various forms of mainstream (and not so mainstream) media outlets. We also offer daily money-saving deals, and funny or introspective looks at all types of travel. And if you’re a Disney fan, heads up that we put at least one special focus on Disney parks just about every day, usually with “different” stuff that the larger Disney blogs generally don’t focus on.

FB Travel Board PicWe’re proud that our group has nearly 5,000 members who live all around the world and many who have traveled all around it, too – the U.S., Canada, Australia, Central America, South America, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and all over Europe and the U.K. (we have LOTS of people from every part of the U.K.)! So if you’re traveling internationally, chances are good we have people who can answer questions and give advice, either because they live there and/or they’ve visited there.

We also offer the opportunity for other Facebook groups to let our members know they’re out there, in case they’d like to join other groups that focus on travel to specific places (Orlando, Universal, Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Lapland, etc.), travel in certain situations (with kids, without kids, fans of specific hotel brands, issues with certain travel companies, people of size, etc.), saving money on travel, or just travel in general.

So yeah – Travel: Disney, the US, Points, Miles, Savings & Everything Everywhere Else (we weren’t purposely trying for the longest FB group name in history, but we wanted to include a lot of everything we talk about in the group, so there ya go). Hope to see you there!

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Deadlines, Great Sales, Giveaways and New Stuff

It’s the weekend, y’all! HOORAY! Here’s a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:

This week Joe wrote about:

And Sharon wrote about:

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All About Rental Car Insurance, How To Get Free Hotel Upgrades & More!

Hooray for the weekend! Hi y’all! Here’s a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:

This week Joe wrote about:

And Sharon wrote about:

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Our New Addition!!

Hey y’all! We hope you’ve been enjoying your time with us here at Your Mileage May Vary. We try to give a nice variety of  things we’ve always liked to read about, such as travel in general, as well as points, miles, ways to save, car rentals, roadside attractions, funny stories, airlines, hotels, Disney parks, other U.S. and worldwide locations, and lots of other travel-related stuff.

We already have a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and have now decided to also add a Facebook group. So we’re proud to introduce the opening of what we think may be THE longest name for a Facebook group, ever 😉

Travel: Disney, The U.S., Points, Miles, Savings & Everything Everywhere Else

Our goal for the group is to give y’all a chance to see travel-related articles that don’t quite make it to our blog, post articles and blog entries you think others will be interested in, as well as be able to talk about your own travels, ask questions or just discuss travel-related stuff with your fellow travel geeks. If that’s something you think you’d like to be a part of, just click here!

Hope to see you there!

Like this post? We have plenty more just like it and would love if you decided to hang around and clicked the button on the top (if you’re on your computer) or the bottom (if you’re on your phone/tablet) of this page to follow our blog and get emailed notifications of when we post (it’s usually just once or twice a day). Whether you’ve read our posts before or this is the first time you’re stopping by, we’re really glad you’re here and hope you come back to visit again!