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.

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!

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!

Explore all of Yellowstone in a nearby cabin

Simply put, Yellowstone National Park is breathtaking. The world’s first national park is the home to the famous Old Faithful. It is no doubt that Yellowstone is a park that requires at least a week to fully explore lush forests, an active volcano, gushing rivers, the prized Yellowstone Lake, and many diverse species of wildlife, flora and fauna. While discovering Yellowstone, ditch the hard ground, assembling tents, and semi cold coolers and enjoy a nice comfortable stay at a cabin with a mountain view.mts

This cabin in nearby Livingston, Montana is a terrific base camp for your Yellowstone adventure. Choose Mountain View cabin for a comfortable and affordable stay. Look right out the window or deck for a million dollar view of Emigrant Peak and 8 mile creek. This area is known as Paradise Valley, a very popular area known for its vast beauty. Located 4 miles away, Chico Hot Springs offer hot springs pools and kid friendly grille with live entertainment.

The biggest attraction, Yellowstone National Park is a beautiful 34-mile drive from the cabin. The drive follows the Yellowstone River and places you at Roosevelt Arch, the northwest entrance into Yellowstone National Park. While traveling, you will likely see wildlife and the majestic peaks of the Absaroka/Beartooth mountain range the Gallatin Range.

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Pack a cheese tray and a bottle of wine for the nightly show of a blanket of gleaming stars. Melody and Gene, home owners of the cabin, are terrific local area guides to Yellowstone and Paradise Valley and love to share the area’s unique attractions. Bring your fishing line for premier fishing (please be sure to check Yellowstone fishing requirements. Check out area videos, cabin photos and more local descriptions at RentMontanaCabins.com

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View Cabins near Yellowstone Here to learn more about Yellowstone and places to stay near Yellowstone National Park.

The cooler side of Montana: 3 towns you had no idea you wanted to visit

Summer is winding down slowly. The crisp cool evening air is going to settle in soon over the vast landscape of Montana. Don’t let cooler temps and shorter days slow you down! Make the most out of fall! Here are some suggestions for your next fall getaway:

Bannack State Park

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Bannack is a well preserved ghost town, a tribute to the gold mine rush. Over 50 buildings line the street with tours operating daily. Every July, they hold an annual reenactment of the previous life the town once saw. Capture the spectacular fall changing of the leaves, fall fishing and wildlife viewing. Over the vast land the Big Hole River is one of the most beautiful rivers to fly fish in. Dillon Vacation Retreat

Yellowstone River

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For a unique fall getaway, try Livingston, Montana. The backdrop of the movie A River Runs Through it, this stunning landscape is coupled by talented artists, chefs, and musicians. This creates a one of kid talented area. Enjoy life entertainment, museums, river recreation, fly fishing and more. Yellowstone River Vacation Rentals 

Glacier Country

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Many festivals are hosted here such as the bluegrass festival, the Darby rodeo, Logger days and more. Enjoy a unique history of Glacier Country with museums and cultural attractions such as the Darby Trail of Discovery. This will eventually link all to all towns for bicyclists, runners and cross country skiers. Glacier Country Vacation Rentals