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KAYAK.com.hk’s Guide on How to Travel with Friends Trips Tool Helps Plan and Manage Hassle-free Group Trips

November 23, 2016 OTA News No Comments Print Print Email Email

Holiday seasons are the time of the year when we travel to special places with our loved ones. Most groups of friends are a wonderful mix of different personalities that balance each other out harmoniously, yet sometimes these personality types clash and that can make planning and organising a group trip extremely taxing and even dampen the holiday fun. Even best friends of 10 years, can have completely different preferences and habits when it comes to how they travel.

With the Trips tool from KAYAK.com.hk, travellers can plan and organise multiple itineraries for an entire group, all in one place. Trips is also available on KAYAK’s mobile app, with data synchronisation that keeps  everyone updated anywhere, anytime. When planning a trip with as many types of travel personalities as colours in a rainbow, KAYAK.com.hk has it covered!

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The discerning expert

Someone has to be the leader and those who volunteer for this task will soon realise that, after coming up with dozens of flight and hotel options, there is always one person who has “discerning” views on every choice that was made, yet will only say “of course, that is fine” when asked for their opinion. It’s not until reaching the hotel, that this friend might start commenting on, or even criticising these choices. According to data from KAYAK.com.hk, Hong Kong users conduct two searches a day on average. Filtering and consolidating multiple options for the group is never easy and extremely time-consuming.

With Trips, travellers can save the hotels, flights and car hires they are interested in and share them with their travel companions. Now everyone can have their say and compare all their options together. Spend less time re-entering search criteria, and more time building your ideal holiday.

The deal grabber

The last straw in many close relationships has occurred when either planning trips or travelling together – some people want to take the morning flight so they can get straight to shopping right after dropping off their bags at the hotel, while others may prefer the cheaper, red-eye flight so they can save on accommodation. Great travel deals can vanish in seconds, and it is never easy to reach a consensus from everyone before clicking the ‘purchase’ button. When it comes to booking tickets for a group, timing is key.

Travellers perform over 1 billion searches on KAYAK’s websites and mobile apps annually, providing comprehensive data analysis and forecasts so that Trips can update prices on your saved items every day. With this useful tool, travellers will never again have to worry about missing the best deals.

The spontaneous soul

Some people are naturally impulsive and approach life without a look-before-you-leap attitude. While a lot of us wish we were a little more adventurous, an eye to detail and attention given to the nitty gritty is essential when putting together a group trip. Whether building customised itineraries or opting for holiday packages, handling a massive amount of booking details from flights, hotels, and activities, as well as ensuring everyone is up-to-date with the latest agenda, is challenging. And that’s where KAYAK’s cool-headed, calm and calculating friend comes in.

Printing hard copies of e-tickets and hotel bookings is so old school.  Simply forward any booking confirmations to [email protected] or link your e-mail account with Trips, and the tool will automatically add, update and organise these into one single itinerary, which can then be shared with all travel companions, keeping everyone posted, even the most spontaneous of them. Events can also be added manually to complete the final itinerary.

The one who likes to cut it close

There is always that one friend whose concept of ‘on-time’ is always 5-mins late, likes to use every minute and always cuts things close. When traveling as a group, it might not be easy to do so. The group might risk missing the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace in London, sunset in Santorini, or even the most important thing of all, the oftentimes non-refundable flight! If travelling with friends who make everyone run for the train because they were taking selfies on the platform until the last possible second, or stay in bed “just 5 more minutes” when there is a taxi waiting, Trips presents the perfect solution.

Users can sync all bookings in Trips and receive instant notifications on check-in, gate information, flight delays and other real-time updates. Everyone is glued to their mobile phones these days, so there are no more excuses for any travel companions to be late.

The phubbers

Have friends who are phubbers – always on their phones, comparing reviews, instead of enjoying the moment? With an agenda planned out on Trips, they no longer have an excuse.. In fact, having your whole itinerary in one place means that everyone can be more adventurous. Travelling should be relaxing and not stressed by what is coming next. When travelling with people who usually worry about where and when to be next on the trip, KAYAK’s mobile app could be the lifesaver that keeps everyone’s minds at ease.

Gone are the days of carrying piles and piles of booking confirmations. With 49% of Hong Kongers already searching their holiday activities on mobile devices before leaving home, Trips users can stay ahead by accessing all their itineraries on the go, anywhere.

Travelling with family and friends can be extremely easy and fun with help from KAYAK’s tools. Trips helps travellers plan and organise a hassle-free trip, regardless of group size, where and how you book it. Simply start by registering an account on KAYAK.com.hk and let KAYAK do the heavy-lifting.

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