As you may have seen in a past post about my trip to Cabo San Lucas, there was 13 of that went on vacation. THIRTEEN! That is a lot of people to account for. It broke down to eight parents and 5 “kids” (I’m 26, my sister and the two other girls were 23 and my cousin was 19). We are all a little different (drinkers, not-really-drinkers, people who want adventure, people who’d rather sit at the beach, etc.). Sometimes it was a struggle to get everyone together, but for the most part we had no problems at all.
This step of the trip I had no part in. My mom and another woman who went with us booked it through a travel agent. I don’t believe we had ever used an agent before, but I can imagine that it is an easy way to get a large group of people on the same flight and in the same hotel.
In the morning, everyone would go to breakfast when they woke up, but we’d run into each other while there. We were 13 people separated into six different rooms, so we’d come and go as we wanted. Usually the parents were there around the same time and the rest of us showed up as soon as we were awake.
As we were eating, we’d make plans to meet up at one of the pools. And then just as with breakfast, we all arrived at different times but in the same area.
Throughout the day, people would come and go, whether to the room or to get a massage or just to walk around. But for the most part, we were all together hanging out at the pool.
We had dinner both on the resort and off the resort. While on the resort, we discussed where we were going for dinner while at the pool, and what time we’d meet up. Thirteen people is a lot, so we always gave the restaurant a heads up, so they’d be expecting us. We all got there around the same time, usually running into each other in the hallway. The few times we were off the resort, we called ahead and let those restaurants know as well too. We had a set time to meet in the lobby because we needed two cabs to get us anywhere. We never had a problem, as it seems we’re all pretty good at being on time!
If we were on the resort, we’d usually check out a show after dinner (they had a lot of em). Usually the kids (a.k.a. the four 21+ year old girls plus my cousin) went over after finishing dinner and the parents met up with us afterwards. We kinda did out own thing at this point: the dad’s off smoking cigars, the mom’s drinking at a table and us off drinking somewhere else watching the show. We always said goodnight to each other before going back to our rooms for the night.
The nights we left the resort to eat, we also went out afterwards. Both times we went out, not everyone stayed. We all discussed who wanted to go where and made sure no one was going anywhere alone. It is very important to stick with a group of a few people when out (especially somewhere like Mexico). Also, we always had at least two parents with us when we stayed out – they wanted to keep an eye on us!
We planned a few excursions while in Cabo, and the majority we all went on together. We rented jet skis one day, and while the moms didn’t partake, they came and watched the rest of us on the beach. The days we were ATVing and on a catamaran, we all went together. It was so much fun for the group of us to do these excursions – since we were such a big group, it was usually just us and less than 5 other people, so we basically had it to ourselves. There was one day where two of the families went to swim with dolphins where my family and cousin’s family did not go. We decided get massages that day instead. But just like every other day, we met back up at the end of our separate plans.
In the end, traveling with such a big group wasn’t as stressful as I thought it would be! I thought we’d be scrambling every day, but we never had a problem. Everyone was always where they needed to be on time, and there was (little to) no arguments about the plans! I do prefer vacationing with fewer people more (just my boyfriend, or my best friend, or my parents & sister) but sometimes it’s nice to experience some place new with a group!