How to Plan a Trip With a Big Group

Going on vacation with a big group of people has the potential to be either the best or worst trip ever. If planned right, a group trip means unforgettable adventures with your favorite people. If poorly planned, however, it can be more stress than it’s worth. 

Luckily, there are ways to ensure your group vacation is nothing but smooth sailing. Check out our tips below.

Set a Budget

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This is essential — according to the American Psychological Association, money is the biggest source of stress for American adults. So, before you make any concrete plans or spend any money, get your group together and agree on a trip budget that works for everyone. Be sure to leave a little cushion in the budget for any financial surprises that might come up during the trip.

Thinking of splitting certain costs? Using apps like Venmo or Splitwise can make this process a lot easier. 

Appoint One or Two Group Leaders

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Though all group members should have a say in planning, it helps to have one or two group leaders to organize the chaos and take initiative when need be. This isn’t to say that the other travelers can feel free to sit back and coast. One trick to keep everyone involved is to have different people in charge of different aspects of the group trip. For example, one person looks into transportation options, while another is in charge of accommodation research, or the area’s best restaurants, etc. With everyone involved in some aspect of the planning process, nothing will be accidentally overlooked. You should, of course, come together as a group to make final decisions after everyone’s done their respective research. 

Create an Online Logistics Document 

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Communication is the key to group planning. Having a central place where all trip members can access and contribute to the logistics makes communication simple and stress-free. Google Docs and Google Spreadsheets are excellent mediums for group planning, as everyone can view and edit them. Be sure to include the following items in the document:

  • The agreed upon budget
  • Hotel or house information
  • Modes of transport
  • Itineraries
  • Grocery lists
  • Phone numbers 

Now you know what goes into planning an amazing group trip, you’ll be able to enjoy that quality time together even more. Happy vacationing!

 

At RentMontanaCabins.com, you plan and book directly with rental owners or local property managers. WHY? Booking direct guarantees you get the lowest rental rate because you skip the service fees found on instant booking sites. Why pay hundreds of dollars more for the same vacation rental?

Browse Montana Cabins by town: 

ABigfork | Big Timber | Bozeman | Clinton | Columbus | Corvallis | Darby | De Borgia | Dillon | Emigrant | Ennis | Gardiner | Glen | Hamilton | Kalispell | Livingston | Martin City | Missoula | Nye | Philipsburg | Sheridan | Silver Star | Sula | Thompson Falls | West Glacier | West Yellowstone | Whitefish

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3 Common Travel Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or it’s your first time going on a big adventure, we are all prone to making mistakes that can hamper an otherwise amazing trip. The good news is that these mistakes are easily avoidable with good planning and foresight. 

Here are three of the biggest mistakes people make when traveling, along with advice for how to avoid them. 

  1. Overpacking

It’s understandable to want to be prepared for every possible scenario that might pop up on your trip, but you’ll feel so much lighter (literally and metaphorically) when you avoid the high baggage fees at the airport and don’t have to haul around excessively heavy luggage. Not to mention that you’re bound to do some shopping, so leave room for the goodies you’ll want to bring home with you. 

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Our advice: Pack basic tops and bottoms that you can mix and match to create different outfits, and remember that you can always do laundry on the road. 

  1. Only visiting famous tourist areas 

It’s okay to visit popular tourist attractions, but don’t make this the center of your trip or you’ll miss out on some of the area’s true culture and must-sees. Many famous tourist areas are nothing more than money traps and time-sucks do you really want to spend a whole day of your vacation waiting in a crowded line for a five-minute look at something that’s probably over-hyped anyway?

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Our advice: Do as the locals do. A great way to experience an area as a local is by renting an actual home for your visit instead of staying in a hotel. You’ll be staying in a more residential area, and your host can share their favorite restaurants, attractions and events that are actually worthwhile. 

  1. Not informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans

To protect you from identity theft, banks will flag any transactions you make in unfamiliar locations and then freeze your cards. This is a great precaution on their part…unless you’re traveling and need your money. Nothing ruins a fun time like having your card declined due to your own silly negligence. 

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Our advice: Every bank is different, but there’s likely a place on their website where you can log in and notify them of your travel plans. Remember, in addition to your destination and the length of your trip, be sure to also enter any states you’ll be traveling through on the way there.

And there you have it! These tips are so simple, but they’ll save you a lot of time and hassle. 

What are your go-to travel tricks for a better vacation? 

 

At RentMontanaCabins.com, you plan and book directly with rental owners or local property managers. WHY? Booking direct guarantees you get the lowest rental rate because you skip the service fees found on instant booking sites. Why pay hundreds of dollars more for the same vacation rental?

Browse Montana Cabins by town: 

ABigfork | Big Timber | Bozeman | Clinton | Columbus | Corvallis | Darby | De Borgia | Dillon | Emigrant | Ennis | Gardiner | Glen | Hamilton | Kalispell | Livingston | Martin City | Missoula | Nye | Philipsburg | Sheridan | Silver Star | Sula | Thompson Falls | West Glacier | West Yellowstone | Whitefish

Visit our other state-specific websites:

RentMichiganCabins.com | RentWisconsinCabins.comRentNewYorkCabins.com | RentMinnesotaCabins.comRentTennesseeCabins.com | RentKentuckyCabins.com

Thank you for supporting our growing number of regional vacation rental listing websites that allow renters to connect and book directly with owners and local property managers.

Does RentMontanaCabins.com offer the safest way to book MT vacation rentals?

Looking for a Montana vacation rental for your next family vacation? Avoid the middleman booking website drama and book safely with the rental owners or local property managers.

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Vacations aren’t supposed to be stressful, and when you use any of our ItsCabinTime.com websites, they never are.

Have you ever thought about booking direct to save money, but just couldn’t get over your safety concerns? RentMontanaCabins.com could be your solution.

We offer the safest way to book direct because we build every listing. Unlike middleman booking sites, we know our rental listings are legit because we research each property in order to build the listings on our sites. Additionally, our website guests have the added option of speaking to the owners or property managers before booking for extra convenience and security. This means that guests can can trust that their booking will be handled professionally and that there will be no issues or surprises.

We do the homework so you don’t have to, protecting your trip before it even begins.

Montana rental cabins by town:

Bigfork | Big Timber | Bozeman | Clinton | Columbus | Corvallis | Darby | De Borgia | Dillon | Emigrant | Ennis | Gardiner | Glen | Hamilton | Kalispell | Livingston | Martin City | Missoula | Nye | Philipsburg | Sheridan | Silver Star | Sula | Thompson Falls | West Glacier | West Yellowstone | Whitefish

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Visit our other state-specific, cabin rental websites:

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Thanks for supporting our growing number of state-specific, vacation rental website that allow renters to easily connect AND BOOK DIRECTLY with owners and local property managers. Avoid middleman booking websites and avoid paying more for the same cabin! Tell your family and friends about our great websites!

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Member RentMontanaCabins.com
Basecamp: Middleton, WI

Searching for Montana resorts? Now you can see all resort cabins on one page

RentMontanaCabins.com has rolled out Resort Pages. Now, every Montana resort has their own “resort page” that displays an interactive map with pins to show the location of each MT rental, a description of the resort, the property website link, phone number, videos, and a display of each cabin details page at the bottom. We decided to create these Montana resort pages because it allows renters to see the exact location of each cabin plus learn more about the resort.

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Check out an example of a resort page – Wilderness Spirit Cabins. This is a huge step in differentiating ourselves from the competition. Not only is it a great feature for renters, but it also adds extra exposure for multi-cabin resorts in Montana.

How do Potential Renters Find the Montana Resort Pages?

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The first way is through the Google map found on the homepage of our website. When renters click on a pin, a small window will display with an option to select that specific cabin details page or they can select “View more cabins at (Resort Name)”. Once the potential renter clicks on the “View more cabins at (Resort Name)” they will see the resort page. The image above with the blue circle shows where to find the resort pages.

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The second way to find the resort page is through the cabin rental details page. If a vacationer is looking at the details page and wants to see more cabin rentals at the resort, they can select “View all (Resort Name) Cabins”. The blue circle above indicates how to find the resort page from a cottage details page.

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Visit our other state-specific, cabin rental websites too:

RentWisconsinCabins.com | RentMinnesotaCabins.com | RentNewYorkCabins.com | RentMichiganCabins.com and now RentTennesseeCabins.com

Thank you for supporting our growing number of state-specific, vacation rental websites where renters plan AND BOOK DIRECTLY with owners and local property managers. Avoid middleman booking websites and avoid traveler fees. Tell your family and friends about our great regional websites!

#CabinTime in Glacier Country

These West Glacier country cabins are far from urban bustle and steeped in history and lore. Flathead Valley is the GATEWAY TO GLACIER PARK. Glacier National Park cabins just scream Montana hospitality and family fun.

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If you decide to visit any of the 7 pet friendly Abbott Valley cabins, remember that you book directly with the rental owners and skip those booking website travel fees! There are lots of activities on this private 260 acre homestead and nearby: Fishing, hiking, cycling, boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, river rafting (in Glacier Park), swimming, tennis, golf (9 courses to choose from), horseback riding, bird watching, photography, local art galleries and summer theater too.

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Winterscapes surround “The Crown Jewel of the Continent” and these vacation rentals. There’s cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, often times right from your cabin’s front door. Hit the powder in Flathead National Forest. Rent snowmobiles and equipment from any Winter Sports shops.

The Abbott Valley homestead is crossed by North and South Abbott Creeks. North Abbott is a fast, cold mountain stream and South Abbott is slower moving and meanders through the meadows. You might also see our family working the homestead, plus horses and cattle roaming.

Nearby towns to explore include Martin City; Columbia Falls; Whitefish; West Glacier. Start your day by visiting the unique coffee shops and drive-up coffee kiosks. May you’ll find something unusual, rare, fun and practical for your own home. The shores of Hungry Horse Reservoir offer summer time Huckleberry picking and Flathead Lake provide anglers with plenty of opportunities to wet a line.

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Visit our other state-specific, cabin rental websites too:

RentWisconsinCabins.com | RentMinnesotaCabins.com | RentNewYorkCabins.com | RentMichiganCabins.com and now RentTennesseeCabins.com

Thank you for supporting our growing number of state-specific, vacation rental websites where renters planANDBOOK DIRECTLY with owners and local property managers. Avoid middleman booking websites and avoid traveler fees. Tell your family and friends about our great regional websites!

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Boo! A Cozy Montana Log Cabin for Two.

This Cozy Cabin is few miles from the historic GHOST TOWNS of Nevada City, MT and Virginia City, MT. A visit to Southwest Montana isn’t complete without a tour of these towns, and this Sheridan, MT cabin is the perfect place to stay.

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At the foot of the Tobacco Root Mountains and just inside the city limits of the small western town of Sheridan rests a homey log cabin. Perfect for your next Montana fishing trip, a family vacation, a romantic getaway or just a pleasant peaceful retreat.

“My husband and I come to Sheridan each year so he can fly fish. This was our first time staying in the cabin. It was very relaxing, quiet and it had everything we needed. It was really fun looking at all of the collectibles which gives the cabin its character. I enjoy driving up the road and then hiking in the national park. There is a wonderful little art gallery at the beginning of Mill Street as well as the Fork & Shovel for a light breakfast, lunch and dinner.”-Traveler from Kirksville, Missouri.

This Cozy Cabin vacation rental is approx. 700 sq. ft. with safe off-street parking and plenty of space for your boat. The views of the mountains surrounding the property are breath-taking. To the north, Mt. Baldy of the Tobacco Root Range. To the west, the Ruby Mountains. And to the south, views of Madison, Gravelly & Snowcrest Ranges.

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Day trip options are endless and will likely include a visit to Yellowstone! The Cozy Cabin is just 2 hours away from the West Gate of Yellowstone National Park where you will find deep canyons, rushing alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including Old Faithful. Keep your eyes open for bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope.

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View the surrounding mountains while cycling, fishing, hiking, hunting, kayaking, mountain biking, rafting, rock climbing, swimming, etc. Live like a Montanan. At the end of the day, return to this Cozy Cabin. See all Sheridan, MT Southwest cabins.

Visit our other state-specific, cabin rental websites too:

RentWisconsinCabins.com | RentMinnesotaCabins.com | RentNewYorkCabins.com | RentMichiganCabins.com and coming soon; RentTennesseeCabins.com

Thank you for supporting our growing number of state-specific, vacation rental websites where renters can plan AND BOOK DIRECTLY with owners and local property managers. Avoid middleman booking websites and avoid commissions. Tell your family and friends about our great regional websites!

This Loft rises from the #MadisonRiverValley

Guess who just listed on our RentMontanaCabins.com website? The family owned El Western, an Ennis, Montana vacation rental. Check out all three Ennis, MT lodging options. Ennis, MT and nearby Big Sky, MT resorts offer lodging in the heart of the Madison River Valley – which also means your lodge is in the heart of the world’s best fly-fishing rivers and streams surrounded by true Western flavor. Come for the fresh mountain air, wander near sparkling creeks and immense spruce trees. …an oasis from the ordinary and one hour from Yellowstone National Park! Incredible natural wonders are waiting for you – Old Faithful and the Old Faithful Inn, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls.

elwestern-lodging1The El Western Cabins and Lodges are true sportsman destinations with one heck of a scenic backyard: Millions of acres of the Beartooth and Beaverhead National Forests – an enormous outdoor playground. From your cabin and many back-roads you can enjoy Rocky Mountain sunset, blue ribbon trout fishing in the Madison River (renowned for its large population of rainbow and brown trout), meadows, streams, an glacial lakes.

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At the El Western you can Wander Bear Creek meadows – you are surrounded by the beauty of the Rockies and abundant wildlife. John & Kris Hauck are your friendly hosts. Because your book directly with John and Kris, they can help you plan the best Montana vacation ever. “Being in touch with so many wonderful people is the best part of owning a vacation resort.” At RentMontanaCabins.com you skip the middleman booking website commissions because Cabin Time in Montana should never include paying more.
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The owners pay close attention to detail and meticulous maintenance inside and out: Mattresses that are locally-source, high-quality linens, and fluffy pillows. Kitchen are roomy and appointed with quartz counter tops and stainless appliances, dishes, cookware, coffeepot, toaster, microwave, refrigerator, stove and sink. Daily housekeeping service, WiFi and satellite TV are included. In the evening, take a short drive to Willie’s Distillery in Ennis, MT and sample the brew while you listen to live local music. If you are planning an August/Sept. trip, the Ennis Art Festival and the Ennis-on-the-Madison Fly Fishing Festival happens over Labor Day.

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WHAT A WAY TO END YOUR DAY!

Visit our other state-specific, cabin rental websites too:

RentWisconsinCabins.com | RentMinnesotaCabins.com | RentNewYorkCabins.com | RentMichiganCabins.com and coming soon; RentTennesseeCabins.com

Thank you for supporting our growing number of state-specific, vacation rental website that allow renters to plan AND BOOK DIRECTLY with owners and local property managers. Avoid middleman booking websites and avoid paying more for the same cabin. Tell your family and friends about our great regional websites!