Group travels can be a lot of fun since several people who are either related or not-related come together to explore a destination. Although traveling with a group of people can be memorable experience, there are many things one must consider and take care of. There is basic etiquette to be followed when traveling with a group to avoid causing any kind of problems to others.
Here are few etiquette tips about how to avoid common mistakes on group tours and be the kind of tourist that tour guides love.
Etiquette 1: Be prepared–Sometimes one doesn’t know exactly where to get water from, a sweater or gloves once the tour has begun. Come prepared, dress appropriately according to the seasons. Don’t depend on the tour guide to supply things. If you don’t know what to wear or bring, ask before the day of the tour. Should you find yourself woefully under prepared, try to bear it graciously?
Etiquette 2: Don’t distract your guide–: when she or he is doing something tricky such as negotiating a busy traffic intersection on a bicycle tour or setting up safety lines during a rappelling excursion. Your safety depends on their concentration. Do not distract his attention.
Etiquette 3: Be on Time–the one thing that all group guides have in common is that unpunctual travelers are one of the most annoying things to deal with on a group tour. Group tour is always planned in advance so that there is no need of thinking about transportation and what your next activity will be. Showing up late is not only disrespectful but could ruin the day’s schedule. Being late even by 10 min not only holds others up but can also miss out on important moments.
Etiquette 4: Ask question– tours aren’t lectures, they’re conversations. That means you shouldn’t be participating by listening and asking questions. Tour guides are usually knowledgeable; they possess a wealth of knowledge that goes far beyond what they’ve planned to share on a given tour, so it is up to you to engage them. Asking too many questions can get annoying on a tour leader especially if you’re holding up the tour group or you question an expert guide’s knowledge. So ask relevant questions when you have any doubts trust your tour leader’s answer.
Etiquette 5: So go with the flow–you signed up for a group tour so someone else could be responsible for leading the way. And that means you’re not in charge. Any kind of group function is handled best with one leader, so don’t try to hijack the tour with your own ideas about how things should be done, that doesn’t mean that you should not lend a hand or intervene if something is about to go terribly wrong, but if things just aren’t happening exactly the way they were supposed to, just go with the flow see what happens. Live in the moment. You could also call this rule Let it Go.
Etiquette 6: Hold your tongue– there is a slight chance that someone on the trip is going to annoy you. But this is not the time to set them straight. For the sake of group harmony, unkind thoughts are better left un-said.
Etiquette 7: Maintain personal hygiene– It is very important to maintain personal hygiene whenever you are travelling in a group. Making others around you uncomfortable because of lack of hygiene will not help you win any friends and might prove to be a big turn off for people around. See that you have a bath, comb your hair properly, brush your teeth twice a day and maintain basic hygiene levels. Do not litter around and wash your hand regularly.
Etiquette 8: Maintain common courtesy– In a group travel it is very important to maintain common courtesy and showcase basic manners. Greet everyone and treat them with respect. Use decent sense of humour to diffuse tension or discomfort between people. Offer other to step down of car/buses before you do and try to be considerate to the feelings or choices of either around.
Etiquette 9:Be polite and helpful– : always extend a helping hand and be polite to everyone during your group tour. Help the elderly with picking their luggage, kids in getting on and off vehicles and so on. If anyone sick in the trip help them with some medication or any other kind of help that is possible for you to provide.
This above basic etiquette is required for a peaceful holiday.