Group trips can be the most rewarding and fun experiences for your life. They can be one of the greatest times of our lives where we can easily bond with friends after several years and travel companions for years to come. Group tours come with great stories, laughs, inside jokes, and self-discovery.  

However, it needs a lot of planning and organization, which may lead to failed attempts, stress, and indecisiveness. As the leading Andaman tour operators, we are here to help you get the most of your group tours.  

Whether you are going on a party vacation, school trip, a hiking trip, or just a leisure getaway, you need to consider a lot of things before planning your Andaman group tour package. Here are some of the tips to get the most of your group tour planning. 

  • Have Someone to Lead your Group 

You can organize a group or a group trip if everything goes normal. But it is always best to have a leader or two for your group. After all, you may want to figure out the ways to keep your plan going and all the steps. If it seems too much to have only one person as a leader, you can add another person in charge of other aspects of the trip. For example, you can have one person to lead for research purposes, one for itinerary, and one to arrange for accommodation. You can agree on and discuss the last options in the group. It is important that work is not at all imposed on one person only. Everything should be organized as a team. 

Also rely on your group members’ strengths. If someone is good at trip planning, let him or her do the same. If they ask for help, support them. Have an approach to make decisions or have a decision maker in your squad if you can’t take decisions. You may want to sort out the things in advance because you may not want to spoil your experience thinking how to make things easier later in your trip. 

  • Make a Budget 

When it comes to planning a group trip, budget is one of the stickiest parts as people have different ideas on spending a certain amount of money while traveling. You should stick to your trip budget and agree on it. You need to plan a maximum budget for basics like accommodation to avoid any burden to anyone in paying for a trip. Group members may also want to choose their own activities. You may let them choose whether they should do a certain activity or not. 

While traveling in a group, consider a shared sum of money, especially when you stay in a hotel where you can buy your own drinks and food. It can be a lot easier than splitting bills on the trip. 

  • Book Flight Tickets in Advance

The closer the date of the trip goes, the higher the price of flight tickets you need to pay on a short note. In addition, seats also fill up and that would be a trouble if you are traveling in a group. You need to book your trip early to avail the best deals when planning a group tour. It can also help you to have proper space for the group. Look for a group rate and get the most of it when traveling by road or rail transport. 

You need to work on details like getting to your hotel from the airport and getting around the city. Do you need to hire a cab? Be sure to get in there early as larger vehicles are likely to be booked out faster. 

  • Look for Other Accommodation options

It takes a lot of thoughts to decide where to stay when having a group trip as it can make a big difference to your overall experience. Hotels are not the only option when it comes to accommodation. Especially, when you are in a group, you can look for all-inclusive stays at resorts rather than cramming in hotel rooms. Staying in a homestay or apartment can allow you to cook meals for a group and hang out on your own. Some houses are even available at lower rates than hotels. 

  • Make Plans and Receive Payments at a Place 

It is always important to have a specific place where all the members of your group can gather and make a trip plan to stay informed. You can make a travel planner to keep everyone on the loop with the whereabouts and what they have to do and when. You can make a proper payment plan to pay and receive payments to avoid the trouble later. You can plan your trip, share it with other members and organize the system of payment in one place. Tell everyone to be online with a group travel plan and itinerary. Communication is very vital for trip planning. 

  • Some Activities should be pre-planned 

Have a look at some of the best things and activities in your desired destination and pre-plan them, especially when traveling in a large group. Look for any group discount you can get from tour operators. You need to book in advance sometimes if you have plenty of people. It would be unfair if you miss out on anything you have always wanted to do with a group just because it was not booked early on. Don’t be too focused or aggressive on planning on every single day or minute as well. Best things sometimes happen without plans. So, there is no need to overthink on your trip. 

  • Split Up Your Group 

Just because you are going together, it doesn’t mean you should stick together every time. Different people have different ways and ideas of activities and attractions. For example, someone wants just peace and chill on the beach, someone wants to try different adventure sports, while someone wants to taste delicious food at different places. If it is the same in your case, it is better to split up as per your individual choices. 

Don’t worry when you have to go out during the trip on your own, just in case there is something no one else does but you want to do. You may not want to go back with any regrets.

Bottom Line 

 It is definitely not easy to plan a trip for a whole group. But we hope these tips will lighten up your burden a bit and help organize your trip. Once you are done with planning a group trip, you can enjoy waiting for the day to start your group trip. Be sure everyone knows all the details and your itinerary. So, pack your bags, sit back and chill. For more information you can visit the following link: https://www.andamanbliss.com/andaman-group-packages

 

Andaman & Nicobar Islands have long been famous among tourists for their underwater wonders, stunning beaches, and a prime location in the heart of nowhere. These islands are still amazing for an amazing getaway. Only 36 of 572 islands are open for tourists in this archipelago. 

The islands are a melting pot of both Southeast Asian and South Indian settlers, along with Negrito ethnic people on some islands. The fascinating ecosystem of the island, including the world’s largest turtles, biggest crabs, serene coral reefs, vivid fish species, and the most exotic butterflies, add to its charm. With that said, here are some of the cool and surprising facts you should know before visiting these islands. 

 

1. Andaman and Nicobar are named after the Malay language 

Andaman is named after Lord Hanuman, who is known as “Handuman” in the Malay language. The term Nicobar is supposed to be a combined term of “Nakkavaram” in South India, which refers to “Land of the Naked” in Tanjore inscription which dated back to AD 1050. 

 

2. Andamanese and Nicobarese are not widely spoken on the islands 

Andaman Creole Hindi is spoken widely in the Andaman Islands as a trade language. Bengali is the most widely spoken language followed by Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and Malayalam. 

 

3. A small Nicobar island, Katchal received the first-millennium sunrise 

A small island in Nicobar, Katchal was almost hidden until it was declared the first inhabited place in the world by the Royal Greenwich Laboratory to receive the first sunrise to start the millennium. A stamp had been issued by India Post in the first postal issue of 2000 as a tribute to Katchal for receiving the first-millennium sunrise. 

 

4. World’s largest sea turtles nest in the Andaman Islands 

Green Turtle, Hawksbill and Leatherback (world’s largest sea turtle) are the marine turtle species which nest on the beaches of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In Nicobar, one of the few colonies includes around 1000 Leatherback turtles nesting in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. 

 

5. North Sentinel Island houses the  world’s most isolated Paleolithic Tribes 

One of the most isolated human tribes in the world calls North Sentinel Island their home. Around 300 Sentinelese people live here and have refused all contact with the rest of the world. Hence, they feel free to fire their arrows at any outsider who enters their range. They are known to be the direct descendants of the first human populations who belonged to Africa. They may have lived for around 60,000 years in the Andaman Islands. 

 

6. A gentle sea cow, Dugong is the state animal of Andaman Islands 

When it comes to Andaman and Nicobar tourism, the image of gentle Dugongs strikes our mind. These plump marine vegetarian giants with paddle-like flippers on the front can be found grazing on the seagrass. These languid creatures seem to be coming from an alien planet on the waters of Andaman and Nicobar. These “Angels of the Sea” are usually found in Little Andaman, North Reef, Ritchie’s archipelago and some parts of Nicobar. 

 

7. World’s darkest history of penal settlement by British “Kaala Pani” is told here in Cellular Jail which dates back to 1857

Andaman and Nicobar Islands became the penal colony of “Kala Pani” by the British for Indian freedom fighters. They built the Cellular Jail here because these islands were the way too isolated from the rest of the world. The prisoners were kept in solitary confinement. They were forced to work on a manual oil extractor for hours. The jail later turned a memorial after independence. Today, it hosts a light and sound show to attract tourists. 

 

8. Commercial fishing is banned in the Andaman Islands 

Commercial fishing has been banned for around four decades across the Andaman Islands. Hence, fish die only of old age in these waters. These emerald islands are known to have turquoise waters where you can find plenty of whales, dolphins, dugongs, sailfish, sea turtles, and various marine species.  

 

9. Nicobar Breadfruit “Pandanus” is a rare fruit eaten and found only in Nicobar 

Pandanus is a wedge-shaped, deeply arranged fruit that has a woody, hard, and fibrous texture and is embedded with several edible, narrow seeds. In each section, there is a fleshy base which has nice fragrant pulp, which makes nice food after cooking. It is an economically vital plant in the islands. Its stem branches are widely used in building huts and leaves for weaving mats. It’s hard external part makes a bathing brush. 

 

10. The Barren Island, India’s only active volcano, is located in Andaman 

Not just in India, Barren Island is the only active volcano in the whole of South Asia. This 3 km wide island is located around 135km northeast of Port Blair. It has huge 1.6km wide craters almost filled with cinder cones. It is the source of volcanic eruptions and it was recorded for the first time in 1787. 

 

11. World’s largest living arthropod, the Robber crab or Birgus Latro, is found here

Also known as Coconut Crab, the Birgus Latro or Robber crab is the largest surviving arthropod on earth. They are called “Coconut Crabs” because they climb up coconut trees at night and get into tender coconuts by carving a hole and feed on the soft kernel. They live on land all day long. The Andaman and Nicobar archipelago houses the highest population of these crabs in South Asia. They are found on some islands of Nicobar and on South Sentinel Island. 

 

12. North Bay Island is featured in 20 Rupees note 

Ever wondered the beautiful scenery of which island featured on Rs. 20 note? It is the North Bay Island which shows the beautiful bay covered with lush greens on the red currency note. You can get the same view en-route to Mount Harriet, the second-highest peak of the archipelago.