A Simple Step-by-Step Guide for Setting Up a Collection!

Introduction:

GroupandPay.com is the Easy Way for Groups to Pay for Anything!

GroupandPay.com is a simple automated, online group payments system that makes it so simple for an organizer to inform their group of whats been organized for them, and inform them of how much they have to pay. The entire group also gets to see who is in the collection, and they also get to see who has paid, and who still has to pay, which ensures that the entire group can get involved in making sure the everyone is paid up on time.

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Here’s how it works:

To Set Up a Collection:

  • 1) Hit the “Start a Collection” button on the homepage of GroupandPay.com.
  • 2) Add a title to the collection.
  • 3) Add the details of the collection (Transport, Accommodation, Activity, Etc.).
  • 4) Add the amount each member has to pay.
  • 5) Set the deadline for payment.
  • 6) Add a cool picture that represents what your collection is for.

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Add members to the collection:

You only need three pieces of information to add a member to the collection:

  • 1) A Members Name
  • 2) A Members Mobile Number
  • 3) A Members Email

For the next step you hit the “Notify the Group” Button. Once you have the group notified, then that’s your job done as an organizer, as the rest of the process here is mostly automated, as now it’s over to the Members of your collection for the next step!

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What the Members have to do?

1) The members receive a text alert, and an email alert informing them that “Mary O Brien” has invited them to a collection for “A Wild Party in Vegas”, and they can click on the link attached in the email, or SMS to see what’s been arranged for them.

2) After clicking the link the members see what the organizer has arranged for them, how much they have to pay, and the options they have for paying,

There are two ways to pay into the collection, Online and Off-line.

3) To pay “Online” the member hits the “Pay Now” button, and can pay in the same way they pay for everything else on the internet, with their Credit Card, Debit Card or PayPal account if they have one. This money goes straight into the organizers PayPal account, as the Organizer of the collection is the only person that needs to have a PayPal account. From there the organizer can pay for the items in the collection, or alternatively they can download the money to their bank account. This online payment process automatically marks the member off as “Paid” on the system.

4) The other option is to pay “Off-line”. If its OK with the organizer, members of the group can pay the organizer in cash, then the organizer can mark them off as paid on the system, which is very easy to do.

5) The significance of been marked off as “Paid” on the system is because when the Member is first introduced to the details of the collection, there is a section that shows the names of who is invited to the collection, but it also shows who is “Paid” and “Pending”. There are two benefits for having this transparent feature:

  • a) Every one can now help out on reminding others, that they have to pay before the deadline, which is a great help to the organizer of the collection as they were the only person who had this information until GroupandPay.com appeared.
  • b) Some collections have failed, because not all of the members have paid up on time, and therefore the trip may have been cancelled. This is a bit unfair for the members that have paid up on time, as they would miss out. This issue might have been caused by lack of communication from the organizer, which is a problem that GroupandPay solves, as members get automated email reminders that the deadline is approaching in 14 day, 7 day, and 24 hour stages, and in these reminders they can click through to see the real time status of the collection.

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So What Does it Cost?

1) There is “No Cost” for the following:

  • a) There is no cost for an organizer to set up a collection on GroupandPay.com.
  • b) There is no cost for an Organizer to use the automated text and email notifications, including the deadline email reminders.
  • c) There is no cost for an Organizer to receive payments Off-line, where they can mark the members off as paid on the system.

2) There is a Cost if a member uses the option to “Pay Online”.

The organizer determines how the members pay into the collection, whether its Online only, or online or Offline, or Offline only. When members pay online, which is the convenient and fast way to pay into the collection, then they only get charged a 1% commission rate on top of the amount they have to pay into the collection. This 1% is capped at a maximum charge of $5 USD per collection, or the equivalent in your local currency. This suits collections that have higher price points for example, Diving Trips, Safari Trips, etc. Again there are no charges for members that pay offline if the organizer permits it.

3) PayPal also charge their standard rates for processing credit card transactions, or there is no transaction charge if you are paying with funds lodged in your PayPal account.

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What You Need to Set Up a Collection:

1) PayPal Account Details:

Ensure you have the details of your “verified” PayPal account to hand. What you need is your first name, your second name, and the email address you used when you set up your PayPal account. If you don’t have a PayPal account, don’t worry its easy to set one up on PayPal.com

2) Members Details:

To notify the members of your group about the collection all you need is their name, mobile number and email. You can always add, or remove members as you go along. Before you add the members to the collection, be sure that they are aware of the collection, and that they are OK with been added to the collection. They can always be removed later, if they don’t want to be involved.

You can also reuse your list of members for another collection, which saves having to re-enter everyone’s details again.

4) An Image that Represents the Collection:

You can upload an image to represent your collection, so have a cool image ready for this. This can be a group picture of your friends, or a picture of the activity you are engaging in, your club logo, your business logo, etc.

You also have the option to use a relevant image from the GroupandPay library.

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Add a Co-Manager to the Collection:

If your a business that relies on groups of people for your business, or just a friend of the organizer who wants to help out, you can set up a collection for the organizer, and then add the organizer as a co-manager to the collection, so they can easily add the details of their friends

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Other Cool Features:

1) On every step of setting up, or viewing a collection there is a “Live Chat” feature that connects you directly with one of our support representatives, who will be delighted to help you with any queries you may have. There are also audio instructions on the top of each page, of each step of the collection. There is also an interactive support forum available on the support page, where you can get support or advice from the worldwide GroupandPay Community, so there’s plenty of help on hand!!

2) For some trips that require a deposit, or upfront payments to secure flights for example, you can set up a collection for the deposit and set an early deadline. You can then set up another collection for the balance for a later deadline.

3) Once you have your member’s details on the system and you want to set up another collection, you don’t have to re-enter all the details of your members again. There is a simple button that says “Start a new collection with these members”, which does exactly what it says on the tin. From this you can add members or remove others as required.

4) In the description area give as much detail as possible that makes the trip exciting for your friends. Add links to accommodation, activities, etc. so the members can see what you have organized for them.

5) If the trip doesn’t go ahead it’s very easy for an organizer to refund the money from their PayPal account.

6) There is a Live Chat feature on every step of setting up a collection so if you have any queries we are there to help in a live capacity.

7) We have lots of suggestions on how the system can be used for various collections in our “Tips and Tricks” Section.

8) You can easily edit any of the details of your collections at any time from the “My Collections” option.

9) You can easily transfer the funds from your PayPal account to your bank account, with no charge for this service from PayPal. This process may take a day or two to transfer.

10) You can view all of the most popular FAQ’s in case you have a simple query that may have already been asked by another user.

11) GroupandPay is available in 203 countries and in 26 different currencies. It will soon be available in a multiple of different languages with German, Spanish, French, and simplified Chinese to start with.

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Conclusion:

Technically an organizer can set up a collection on GroupandPay, and use all the features for informing the group of what the collection is for, make use of the automated text and email notification systems, use the “Paid” and “Unpaid” feature, and in the end advise all their members to pay off-line.

In this case there would be no commission earned for GroupandPay, which would be fine with us, but we do advise that you can’t deny a persons personal preference, as some members would prefer to pay Off-line if the option is available to them, where as others would prefer to pay Online, as it could be a time consuming hassle for them to organize the cash, and meet someone to give the cash to. Whereas, when they pay online then they are done and dusted, and paid up.

Catering for these options on personal preferences is what GroupandPay specializes in, which is to ensure that the system suits as many situations as possible, so it can make the job for the organizer an easier task to collect the money for their group outing. This hopefully will inspire more group outings to be created, now that the organizer has an automated, hassle-free, online system that is transparent for the entire group to see what is been organized for them, and monitor who has paid, and who still has to pay.
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Goals:

1) GroupandPay.com is already on the road to globally change the way people travel in Groups!

2) GroupandPay.com will become the essential tool to inspire more groups to travel around their Interests and Hobbies and create more off-line social experiences now that groups have an automated, hassle-free, online system that is transparent for the entire group to see what is been organized for them, and monitor who has paid, and who still has to pay.

Reasons for using Travel Agents for Club Outings

Introduction:

It the event that some organizers of club outings would like assistance in helping them with their group travel arrangements, we have put together some feedback from the GroupandPay community, as to why groups and clubs use Travel Agents to help them with their group travel itineraries.

Create a GroupandPay Collection for a Club Outing

Reasons:

Reason 1: Travel Agents are experts in arranging travel itineraries, and know how to get you the best deal available for whatever your requirements are for your group trip or club outing. It’s always worth considering talking to a Travel Agent to get the advice of a professional, especially now that you have an automated and hassle-free way to inform the group of what’s been organised for them, and collect the money for the outing, with GroupandPay.com

Reason 2: Travel Agents can assist organizers to set up collections on GroupandPay if requested by the organiser. A travel agent may charge a slight fee for this service, but it may be worth it if your group is a medium to large sized group. The travel agent can assist in monitoring the real time activity of the collection, if the organizer is OK with this, as this will allow the travel agent to advise the organiser on how the collection is progressing.

Reason 3: A Travel Agent will be familiar with deciding what deposits are necessary, and can advise the organiser to set up a collection for the deposits, and another collection for the balance with a later deadline. With this, additional collections can be set up with the same members of the group, with the simple press of a button, so you don’t have to re-enter all the details each time, but you can add new members or remove others at anytime.

Reason 4: Members of collections on GroupandPay are advised that they also have the option to pay off-line in cash. This money can be paid to the travel agent at the travel agents place of business, if this is preferred by the organiser.

Reason 5: On GroupandPay you can set up a collection for the deposits, and another collection for the balance with a later deadline. The following featuresensures that members can not use the excuse that they didn’t know about the deadline, in the event that they have to loose their deposit from failing to pay on time.

  • They receive the automated notifications that are sent to the members of the group about the details of the collection.
  • Reminders are sent to advise them that the deadline is approaching, which are sent at 14 day, 7 Day, and 24 hour stages out from the deadline.
  • The status of who has paid into the collection, and who still has to pay is transparent to everyone who receives the automated notifications or logs into the collection to make a payment.

Reason 6: It’s an opportunity to remind the group that it’s more beneficial to organise the trip through a travel agent rather than go at it themselves, as travel agents are insured to organise the trip in the event that one of the service providers goes out of business, and their members will not be at the loss of any monies paid out if this happens, as travel agents are covered to supply alternative services.

Reason 7: The existence of the GroupandPay system and the way it works can inspire more local clubs, groups and organizations to approach a travel agent to organise their outings for them, now that they have an automated and hassle-free way to inform the group of what’s been organised for them, and collect the money for the trip, with GroupandPay.com
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You can watch this explainer video here to see how it works:

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11 Tips for Organising a Group Trip on a Cooking Holiday

Introduction:

Cooking has probably seen more changes in both its form and the way it is viewed, than any other hobby or occupation in the last half century. In the 1960s few men cooked and few women cooked anything other than staple dishes from their own areas. The idea of a man cooking an Indian meal in Sheffield in the early 1960s would be seen as preposterous. Nowadays however, with immigration, broadened travel experiences and the proliferation of TV cooking programmes, just about everyone cooks just about everything. Culinary holidays and cooking classes are growing in popularity and taking a group of people on a cooking holiday offers the chance of excitement, travelling fabulous cuisine. If you are planning a holiday of this kind, these few tips will help you to make it a success.

1 Choose the Group Carefully.

This might sound obvious, but it is amazing how many people get this wrong. Obviously anyone wishing to take part in this type of holiday, will need to have a love of cooking. It is however, also important that the group gets along with each other. It only takes one domineering character to spoil the holiday for everyone. Choose the people carefully, then keep them posted right from the start with developments and any special offers that you find.

2 Choose the Type of Trip

This will, to a certain extent, be governed by budgetary and time restraints. These type of holidays can be anything from a short break with little travel, to a full-on two week holiday involving long-haul flights and other logistical issues. Don’t be scared to push for the latter. During the process of choosing the group you will get an understanding of what they are looking for. The world is shrinking and cooking holidays in far off lands can be an exciting prospect.

3 Be Mindful of your Budget

It is important with any trip to set a budget and stick to it. It is even more important when you are spending other people’s money. Make your planes early, make sure you check for any hidden extra costs and then stick to your plans. Discuss plans with the group and make sure that nobody is going to be financially embarrassed, it is better to disappoint early than have a friend embarrassed and feeling bad about things at a later date. This needs careful planning, it is for example sometimes more cost effective to spend money at the front end, and have less costs later, than to go for what looks like a bargain on paper only to realise that costs are spiralling when you get there.

4 Location, Location, Location

The sky is the limit with this type of trip nowadays. Top hotels, restaurant, colleges, and even cruise ships are offering cookery courses. Discuss with the group to find out which country’s cuisine captures the imagination, then balance that out with finances. Throughout the world, cooking classes are growing in popularity, here are some examples:

France

Possibly no other country in the world has had so much written about its cuisine as France. From the superb Provencal dishes, to the 5 star chefs of Paris, the glorious country cooking of the Loire Valley and the Farm food of Gascony. France has cooking classes all over the country.

For more information about the best of the superb cooking holidays available in France click here

Italy

Nobody effuses more about its food than the Italians. Just listening to an Italian talk about the food of his country makes you hungry. The pasta, pizzas and risotto alone could keep you busy for weeks. Making and eating your own pasta is a wonderful experience, and learning the delicate art of mixing sauces with it, is an interesting subject.

For more information about the best of the superb cooking holidays available in Italy check out the Flavours Website

Spain

Spanish food is a strong favourite of many. The wonderful Spanish dish of Paella is prominent all over but particularly in coastal resorts. The many varied dishes that make up Tapas and Pinchos are a challenge for any budding chef. Here again the regional classics are both varied and interesting.

An interesting site for cooking holidays in the Costa Del Sol is Cooking Holidays Spain.

Thailand

Many people would cite Thailand as the finest cuisine in the world. The freshness of the flavours combined with intelligent use of spices certainly is a delight. Many of the culinary holidays here, take guests out to the early morning floating markets to buy the ingredients ready for the day’s classes.

For more information about the best of the superb cooking holidays available in Thailand check out eFoodys.

Vietnam

The food of Vietnam varies tremendously as you travel from North to South. In the north the food is strongly influenced by its close neighbour, China. The national dish Pho, is from Hanoi and is a beef, noodle soup. In the middle of the country, the food is more highly spiced, whilst in the Mekong Delta in the south, it is the fresh herbs and vegetables that influence the taste most of all. Again ingredients are purchased from the floating markets, the one at Cai Rang is the most famous of all.

For more information about the best of the superb cooking holidays available in Vietnam, visit the Saigon Districts website.

United Kingdom

Here alone there are classic courses all over. Padstow has its famous seafood cookery classes, Ireland’s top celebrity couple Darina Allen and her husband Tom run classes at their school in Ballymaloe. Cordon Blue cookery classes can be found in London and week long courses are available right up in the Isle of Harris at Amhuinnsuidhe Castle.

An article in the Daily Telegraph suggested some good examples.

USA

America offers some truly amazing culinary holidays. From Barbecue boot camps, to the Mexican influenced food of the West Coast, the absolutely fabulous food of New England and the themed classes offered by the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. This is a country that likes its food and they have the classes to show you how to cook it.

For more information about the best of the superb cooking holidays available in the United States click here

5 Extracurricular Activities

Don’t simply rely on the cooking course to provide everything you need for your holiday. There is no point having delightful days in the kitchen learning new types of cuisine and cooking methods, only to be stuck somewhere in the evenings with nothing to do. Make sure when you are booking that you find out, what else is in the area. If there are nice bars and bistros in an area close to one cooking class, but not another, then that should at least come into your thinking. People who like cooking, generally enjoy eating. Allow space during your schedule for sightseeing and exploration of the local areas.

6 Follow-up

When the trip does, in fact, come to an end, send out a follow-up email to gather feedback. This is a great opportunity to thank the group for participating and also gather information, useful in planning future trips.

7 Use Your Group Buying Power

It is important to remember that at all times while making inquiries into the cost of travel, accommodation or activities, that you have the strength of your group buying power. Any business that can see a booking coming their way with upwards or 10, 20 or 30 people will definitely not want to loose out, and will be happy to offer incentives to win your custom.

If you take for example the many businesses out there that are offering up to a 80% discount on their services including administration fees, to post discount deals on some of the most renowned discount sites like Groupon.com and LastMinute.com and many other sites like these, to try and gain customers to promote their services. Bare this in mind if you’re a bit shy when it comes to haggling for discounts, go for it as you’ve nothing to loose, as all they can do is say no.

8 Choosing Accommodations

There are many options for choosing accommodation that need to be considered when considering the level of budget for the overall group, although most Adventure Camp Centers would have accommodation on site. If you need to arrange your own accommodation the first and most obvious option is hotel accommodation.

Hotel Accommodation is in abundance on many price comparison sites, but sometimes you already know where you want to go based on recommendations from others who have visited the area where you wish to travel. It is always best practice to contact the hotel directly to see if you can get your own discount for your group booking.

Recommendations from others are most helpful in deciding your accommodation, as you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere!

You can view many of the most popular hotel booking service providers on the Hotels Section of DIYHolidays.com.

Private Properties are also another great option for affordable accommodation with a twist. There are many fabulous private luxurious villas available for short-term rentals. Some of these villas are like those in which you would imagine movie stars living in. Some of These will have features beyond your wildest imagination, including private swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and a room for everyone in the group!

The cost of renting these villas can be surprisingly affordable when you divide the cost up among the members of your group. There are many websites that provide these options for you, but you can see them all in one location on the Private Properties Section on DIYHolidays.com.

B&B’s are also an option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. This can also be an adventurous option as you are dealing with local people presenting their local hospitality, and local knowledge. You can also view a multiple of service providers offering B&B accommodation from all over the world on the B&B Section on DIYHolidays.com.

Hostel’s are a very cost effective option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. Hostels do have rooms with a number of bunks in it that might suit the number of people in your group.

This can be a great solution as sleeping can be the last thing on the itinerary for your group, although it can be a noisy option if everybody comes back at different times with a little too much to drink! There are many Hostel booking agents available on line for booking Hostels all over the world and you can see them all in one location here on the Hostel Section on DIYHolidays.com.

9 Keep your Group Informed

It is always best to inform the people in your group of exactly what costs are involved, what is included in the trip and what, if any, discounts you have managed to squeeze out of service providers.

Collecting the money can also be challenging as this can sometimes create difficulty especially when deposits have to be paid. This is where you avail of the services of GroupandPay.com.

GroupandPay.com is a hugely popular online platform that is free for organisers to use when informing their group of what has been arranged for them, and it also provides an easy hassle free system for collecting the money. It prides itself on being very user friendly.

Watch this video to see how it works!

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10 Travel Insurance

Many people overlook this, but it is so important especially if traveling abroad. Group insurance policies are readily available and do not have to be expensive. The peace of mind that it brings is worth it, especially for the organiser. Many companies specialise in this kind of cover. There are many service providers listed here on the Travel Insurance Section on DIYHolidays.com for you to choose from!

11 Need inspiration for Planning your Group Experience?

Check out DIYHolidays.com as they inspire individuals and groups to travel, especially around their interests and hobbies.

Here you will see a multitude of interests and hobbies for you to get inspired from and for each one you will see enthusiasts recommending amazing places to go. You also see them sharing their experiences through videos, photos, and blogs. You can participate in live surveys, or ask questions and partake in live discussions. You can also view all the most popular online specialists stores from all over the world for each interest and hobby, all in one location, and you can even play related online games.

And as you have probably guessed it, DIYHolidays.com is a sister company of GroupandPay.com, so we are all about Inspiring Individuals and Groups to do more Traveling and enjoy more Social Engagement!!!

Tell us about your Experiences and Offer Recommendations

If you have created a group travel experience for your buddies that turned out to be an awesome experience, then don’t keep it to yourself, tell us about it in the comments section below.

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10 Tips for Planning a Group Trip for an Adventure Camp Experience

Introduction

The boundaries are being pushed all the time on what people now consider simply adventure sports rather than extreme sports. There was a time when any outdoor activity centre would resemble something of a 1950s scout camp. Those days are, thankfully, well and truly over. As people go for the more extreme of extreme sports, things that were considered extreme a few years back now fall into the category of fun activities. All over the globe these kind of holidays are catching on as thrill seekers of all ages bid to join in the fun. With increases in technology, adventure holidays have never been safer and provide fantastic challenges and opportunities for people of all ages.

1 Choosing the Group

The personnel of the group will to a certain degree choose itself. Action packed activities are not everyone’s cup of tea. Though you may well get a few surprises when you start enquiring among your friends. The quietest grandma may be the one who dives in first, literally. It is advisable to, at least, make sure that if you are doing the more arduous types of activity that the level of fitness between group members is comparable. Nobody wants to be left in the wake as everyone else disappears over the horizon.

2 The Kind of Activities you can Expect to Encounter

Mountain Biking

One of the most popular activities is that of mountain biking. The sheer variety of challenges that it throws up is amazing. From gentle rides on sealed roads, to more rigours excursions off the beaten track, to exciting climbs up rocky mountain roads and finally the extreme biking where the riders take on seemingly impossible tracks. It is a great family activity also, taking families out of their city lives and into beautiful scenery with clean fresh air.

Zip Wiring

This is one activity that is really growing in popularity, probably the closest any of us will to the feeling of real flight, they are springing up all over the world. Some of the more extreme tree top ones in Asia are truly amazing. The Flight of the Gibbon in Thailand is a great example of this. Amongst other things it has the longest zip wire in Southeast Asia, carrying people for 300 metres, high above the trees.

Kayaking

Again this is a sport that has benefitted tremendously with improved equipment. Modern Kayaks, are safer than they used to be and easier to handle. Most kayaks have closed tops, although nowadays sit-on-top and inflatable kayaks are growing in popularity. Traditionally made from wood, fabrics, then fibre glass and plastic, the very latest ones are made of carbon fibre, providing a light but extremely strong craft. The sport can be simply paddling around a lake, shooting rapids or open sea sailing, it really covers a broad spectrum these days.

Archery

One of the oldest sports in the world, archery has been around for thousands of years. Modern bows though, show very little resemblance to the bows of days gone by. They are extremely accurate and this is a sport that tests the archers ability to the full. It is an extremely enjoyable pastime and hitting that bullseye is a very rewarding experience.

Hillwalking

Hill walking is both enjoyable and a healthy pastime. Getting out in the countryside away from the daily grind of city life is a great way for friends and families to get together. It can be a gentle stroll through leafy glens, right up to almost rock climbing as participants test their mettle on some of the worlds smaller mountains. The famous Munros in Scotland offer just about all types of hillwalking; from strolls suitable for the first timer, to arduous and difficult walks that should only be attempted by serious walkers.

Orienteering

Orienteering is a challenging outdoor sport that offers both physical and mental challenges. The aim is to navigate your way through control points marked on a unique orienteering map. You decide the best route to complete the course in sequence, in the quickest time. It suits young and old alike and people of different fitness levels. You can walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace.

Obstacle Courses

These wild and whacky races are gaining in popularity. It’s a great excuse to get deep down and dirty in some of the mussiest conditions imaginable. Participants have to complete a course in the latest time possible, through rivers, over high walls through tunnels and through mud filled ditches. Its all great fun and again, courses vary in degrees of difficulty.

Abseiling

This is also known as rappelling. It is the controlled descent down a rock face, artificial wall or even a building using a rope. Climbers use this technique when a cliff is too steep or dangerous to descend without using protection. It developed from climbing into an activity in its own right. Abseilers use a descender which is a friction device that allows the rope to be paid out in a controlled fashion.

3 Location Location Location

This really is a case of the world being your oyster. These kind of activity centres are now in operation in just about every country in the world. The only limitations will be your budget and your imagination. It is easy to combine this type of holiday with a few days on the beach recovering for the arduous nature of your adventure. They offer a very sociable holiday and quite often the centres have fun evenings with drinks and music in local bars.

4 Financing and Saving for your Trip

Once you have made up your mind what type of holiday your adventure will be and where it is going to take place. It is a good idea to start arranging a saving and payment method for your group. Check out the Group & Pay website for a great way to save up for your trip.

5 Think Outside the Box

Don’t be limited in your approach here. There are so many alternatives and so many locations that you can be as conservative or as adventurous as you wish. Why not throw in a balloon ride, bungy jump or parachute jump as well? Make sure there are night-time activities within easy reach of your chosen adventure centre. If the centre doesn’t have much to do in the evenings, plan in advance to get the group out and about.

When your trip comes to an end, send out an email to everyone to gather feed back. It is a good way to both stay in touch and also gain experience for future trips. You can’t expect everything to go perfectly, but making the same mistakes twice is a cardinal sin.

6 Use Your Group Buying Power

It is important to remember that at all times while making inquiries into the cost of travel, accommodation or activities, that you have the strength of your group buying power. Any business that can see a booking coming their way with upwards or 10, 20 or 30 people will definitely not want to loose out, and will be happy to offer incentives to win your custom.

If you take for example the many businesses out there that are offering up to a 80% discount on their services including administration fees, to post discount deals on some of the most renowned discount sites like Groupon.com and LastMinute.com and many other sites like these, to try and gain customers to promote their services. Bare this in mind if you’re a bit shy when it comes to haggling for discounts, go for it as you’ve nothing to loose, as all they can do is say no.

7 Choosing Accommodations

There are many options for choosing accommodation that need to be considered when considering the level of budget for the overall group, although most Adventure Camp Centers would have accommodation on site. If you need to arrange your own accommodation the first and most obvious option is hotel accommodation.

Hotel Accommodation is in abundance on many price comparison sites, but sometimes you already know where you want to go based on recommendations from others who have visited the area where you wish to travel. It is always best practice to contact the hotel directly to see if you can get your own discount for your group booking.

Recommendations from others are most helpful in deciding your accommodation, as you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere!

You can view many of the most popular hotel booking service providers on the Hotels Section of DIYHolidays.com.

Private Properties are also another great option for affordable accommodation with a twist. There are many fabulous private luxurious villas available for short-term rentals. Some of these villas are like those in which you would imagine movie stars living in. Some of These will have features beyond your wildest imagination, including private swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and a room for everyone in the group!

The cost of renting these villas can be surprisingly affordable when you divide the cost up among the members of your group. There are many websites that provide these options for you, but you can see them all in one location on the Private Properties Section on DIYHolidays.com.

B&B’s are also an option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. This can also be an adventurous option as you are dealing with local people presenting their local hospitality, and local knowledge. You can also view a multiple of service providers offering B&B accommodation from all over the world on the B&B Section on DIYHolidays.com.

Hostel’s are a very cost effective option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. Hostels do have rooms with a number of bunks in it that might suit the number of people in your group.

This can be a great solution as sleeping can be the last thing on the itinerary for your group, although it can be a noisy option if everybody comes back at different times with a little too much to drink! There are many Hostel booking agents available on line for booking Hostels all over the world and you can see them all in one location here on the Hostel Section on DIYHolidays.com.

8 Keep your Group Informed

It is always best to inform the people in your group of exactly what costs are involved, what is included in the trip and what, if any, discounts you have managed to squeeze out of service providers.

Collecting the money can also be challenging as this can sometimes create difficulty especially when deposits have to be paid. This is where you avail of the services of GroupandPay.com.

GroupandPay.com is a hugely popular online platform that is free for organisers to use when informing their group of what has been arranged for them, and it also provides an easy hassle free system for collecting the money. It prides itself on being very user friendly.

Watch this video to see how it works!

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9 Travel Insurance

Many people overlook this, but it is so important especially if traveling abroad. Group insurance policies are readily available and do not have to be expensive. The peace of mind that it brings is worth it, especially for the organiser. Many companies specialise in this kind of cover. There are many service providers listed here on the Travel Insurance Section on DIYHolidays.com for you to choose from!

10 Need inspiration for Planning your Group Experience?

Check out DIYHolidays.com as they inspire individuals and groups to travel, especially around their interests and hobbies.

Here you will see a multitude of interests and hobbies for you to get inspired from and for each one you will see enthusiasts recommending amazing places to go. You also see them sharing their experiences through videos, photos, and blogs. You can participate in live surveys, or ask questions and partake in live discussions. You can also view all the most popular online specialists stores from all over the world for each interest and hobby, all in one location, and you can even play related online games.

And as you have probably guessed it, DIYHolidays.com is a sister company of GroupandPay.com, so we are all about Inspiring Individuals and Groups to do more Traveling and enjoy more Social Engagement!!!

10 Tell us about your Experiences and Offer Recommendations

If you have created a group travel experience for your buddies that turned out to be an awesome experience, then don’t keep it to yourself, tell us about it in the comments section below.

It’s all about sharing the love on #GroupandPay.com

Tips for Collecting Club Memberships

Can GroupandPay be used for collecting Club Memberships?

Absolutely!

Collecting membership payments is one of the prime uses for GroupandPay.com.

What we are finding in our research, is that people often forget what Club Membership Payments are for. Most of the time the money collected from membership payments goes towards insurance for its members in the event of an injury or accident.

So typically, if a member hasn’t paid their club membership then they could technically be “Not Insured”, which opens up a whole can of worms for the club officials if something goes wrong, and like all of these things, its is all fine until someone gets hurt, and then the paperwork starts to fly around.

Therefore it is imperative that all members of your club pay up on time, hence the reason for using the GroupandPay system.

This is where the Secret Sauce of GroupandPay comes in. When members of your club get their notification informing them, their club memberships are due and to pay up, they also get to see the others who are in the same group as them, but they also get to see who has paid their memberships, and who still has to pay.

Organizers of collections for club memberships are finding this feature, to be the next best thing since the invention of sliced bread, as it gets members of clubs to pay up promptly, as everybody wants to be seen on the “Paid” list.

If you have a lot of members in your club, with different leaders with responsibilities for different parts of the club, then you can set up a separate collection for each category.

For example:

The Senior Members
The Juvenile Members
The Male Senior Members
The Female Senior Members
The Family Members
The A Team
The B Team
The Under 10’s
The Under 12’s
The Under 14’s
The Under 16’s
And more….

Also remember that you can use this opportunity to get your point across about why you need to collect the club memberships and why they need to be paid promptly. As this information is seen by everybody in the collection, it will become a talking point among members of the club while they are engaging in the club activity or socializing, and will inadvertently become a reminder for members to pay up. This in itself is saving the hassle and awkwardness of the club leaders having to ask individuals for payment!

There is plenty of help on hand if you need any assistance in setting up a collection, so please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team through the free live chat feature on GroupandPay.com as they will be delighted to help you out, in any way they can.

For Tips on collecting Club Memberships, or collecting money from a group of people for just about anything click here: The Essential Guide for Getting the Most from GroupandPay.com
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The Most Popular FAQ’s to Ensure You Get the Most from GroupandPay.com

Introduction

This is a step-by-step guide to introduce you to all the cool features that GroupandPay offers, to ensure it makes your life easier when trying to collect money from a group of people, for whatever activity or experience you have arranged for them.
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1 – What is the main problem Groupandpay is solving?

2 – How does it work?

3 – How is it Super Easy to Use!

4 – So what makes GroupandPay so Special?

5 – How do I collect the money from the Group?

6 – How do you make a Payment into the collection?

7 – What does it cost to use the system?

8 – Who Would Use GroupandPay.com?

9 – Is there a version of this that works for businesses?

10 – Do you offer assistance for organizing a Group Travel Experience?

11 – What happens if I need help setting up a collection?

12 – Can the organizer create installment payments for a collection on the system?

13 – Can the members of the collection make installment payments that suit them?

14 – Can GroupandPay be used for collecting Club Memberships?

15 – Can I try out GroupandPay to see how it works?

16 – How secure is GroupandPay.com?

17 – How do I give a refund if the activity doesn’t go ahead?

18 – What if the members of my group are in different countries, can they make a payment?

19 – How do I send reminders to the group for those that haven’t paid up?

20 – Can a collection be set up for Lotto’s, or any other form
of Gambling Opportunities?



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1 – What is the main problem Groupandpay is solving?

The problem GroupandPay is solving, is that it makes it super easy for organizers to collect money from a group of people for just about anything!

This procedure in collecting the money is carried out in an automated and hassle free way, hence removing the nightmare and frustration that many organizers of group collections have to deal with, when organizing group payments!

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2 – How does it work?

You can watch this explainer video here to see how it works:

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Here’s a text summary of how it works:

When an organizer sets up a collection they describe the activities been arranged for the group and the cost each member has to pay. The organizer then sends the information to the members of their group through the GroupandPay system. When the member gets the information they can simple pay for their contribution to the collection by hitting the pay now button and pay with their Credit Card, Debit Card, or PayPal account if they have one, which incurs minimal fees.

They also have the option to pay the organizer directly with cash, and then the organizer can mark them off as “Paid” on the GroupandPay system.

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3 – How is it Super Easy to Use!

GroupandPay.com has built the system to ensure that it is extremely easy to use, with the focus on ensuring that, even users who claim to have limited computer skills, can make their way around the system with great ease.

The aim is to focus on one feature and one feature only, to collect the money for the organizer, and not have any other add-ons that confuse the users.

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4 – So what makes GroupandPay so Special?

What’s been known as our “Secret Sauce”, is the ability each member of the collection has to see, who the other members of the collection are, and also see who has paid and who still has to pay into the collection.

Organizers of collections are finding this feature, to be the next-best-thing since the invention of sliced bread, as it gets members of collections to pay up promptly, because everybody wants to be seen on the “Paid” list.

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5 – How do I collect the money?

GroupandPay has chosen PayPal for collecting the payments, as this makes it available in any territory that PayPal operates in, which amounts to 203 countries, with 143 million users, using 26 different currencies.

Only the Organizer needs to have a PayPal account for collecting the money, the members of the group don’t have to have a PayPal account as they can pay instantly with their Credit Card, Debit Card or PayPal account if they have one.

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6 – How do you make a Payment into the collection?

When you get the automated notification from the organizer about what the collection is for, and the amount you have to pay, you then have two options:

Option 1 – Pay Off-line

You can pay the organizer off-line with cash, if the organizer is OK with this, then they can mark you off as “Paid” on the GroupandPay system. The good news on this is that there are no fees associated with this option.

Option 2 – Pay On-line

This is a convenient and fast way to make a payment. Hit the “Pay Now” button over on the right-hand side of the collection page, to pay instantly with your Credit Card, Debit Card or PayPal account if you have one. Minimal transaction fees will apply.

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7 – What does it cost to use the system?

For the Organizer:

Its free for organizers to set up a collection and inform their group of the activity been arranged for them.

For the Members of the Collection:

There are two options for members to pay into the collection:

Option 1 – Pay Off-line

You can pay the organizer off-line with cash if the organizer is OK with this, then they can mark you off as “Paid” on the GroupandPay system. The good news on this is that there are no fees associated with this option.

Option 2 – Pay On-line

This is a convenient and fast way to make a payment. Hit the “Pay Now” button over on the right-hand side of the collection page, to pay instantly with your Credit Card, Debit Card or PayPal account if you have one. Minimal transaction fees will apply.

The fees GroupandPay charge to cover the cost of supplying the service is 3% on transactions paid online by members of the collection, but this is limited up to a maximum charge of $15 USD, or the nearest equivalent in your local currency. This is aimed at keeping GroupandPay affordable for members of collections with higher costs eg. Safari’s, Cruises, etc.

PayPal may also charge a minimal transaction fee for processing Credit Card, and Debit Card Transactions, but payments made from funds deposited in your PayPal account are free of transaction charges.

It’s also free to fund your PayPal account from your Bank Account or withdraw money from PayPal account to your Bank account.

There are standard fees applied for funding your PayPal account from your Credit or Debit Cards. You can see these PayPal fees in more detail on our FAQ’s page here: http://groupandpay.com/faq/

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8 – Who Would Use GroupandPay

GroupandPay can be used for just about anything that you need a group of people to pay for.

These activities can be anything in the line of Group Travel Experiences, Club Outings, Sporting Experiences, Club Memberships, Group Activities, Fundraisers, Reunions, Subscriptions, Parties, Charity Support, School Trips, Community Projects, Art Projects, Buying Special Gifts, and more…

It is also an essential tool for any business that relies on groups of people for its custom, as it helps to convert more inquires into Group Bookings for their services, which is the holy grail of doing business!
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9 – Is there a version of this that works for businesses?

The version of this that works for businesses is exactly the same version that works for individual organizers.

GroupandPay.com is an essential tool for any business that relies on groups of people for its custom, as it helps to convert more inquires into Group Bookings for their services, which is the holy grail of doing business!

All you have to do is tell your customers about GroupandPay.com

The problem GroupandPay.com is solving, is that it helps an organizer who is collecting the money from a group of people for an experience or activity that they have organized for them, to do it in an automated and hassel-free way.

This removes the nightmare and frustraion that many organizers of group collections deal with in handling these type of collections.

GroupandPay has found through research that an organizer can bundle a number of activities into one collection for example, The Activity Itself, Accommodation, Transport, a Second Activity, a Night Out, and more…

This allows the organizer the freedom to decide what they want for the group, which can include adding you business and services to their list of activities.

If you have the GroupandPay service specific to your business then it can limit the organizer to what you decide for them, which may not be their preferred choice and could be a turn off for them.

It has been noted through feedback from our customers, that businesses who rely on groups of people for their custom are finding a positive return on converting more inquiries into group bookings by recommending to their customers to use GroupandPay.com

For more information on this visit our dedicated section for how we can assist your business to get the most from GroupandPay. Visit: GroupandPay.com/ForYourBusiness

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10 – Do you offer assistance for organizing a Group Travel Experience?

GroupandPay has an extensive catalog of articles available in the blog section that offers Tips, Advice, and Recommendations on assisting various organizers of different types of group activities, to arrange an amazing group experiences for their Friends or colleagues based around they Interests and Hobbies.

Make sure to sign up to receive updates on more articles been added.

Check out these articles here on: GroupandPay.com/Blogs

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11 – What happens if I need help setting up a collection?

Don’t worry we are on standby, as we have a free live chat feature available on every page of GroupandPay, where an operator will be able to help you with any difficulties you may have.

Bare in mind that GroupandPay is designed to be super easy to use with the focus on ensuring that even users that claim to have limited computer skills, can make their way around the system with great ease.

To ensure its easy to use, there is a step-by-step audio instructions on each stage of the set-up process, there is a Frequently Asked Questions Section, and a Group Support Forum where you can ask the GroupandPay community questions and get answers from other like-minded individuals.

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12 – Can the organizer create installment payments for a collection on the system?

Absolutely, and the way to do this is that you set up a collection for the first part of the payment with the required deadline for that payment, and then set up a second separate collection for the balance of payment with the second and final deadline.

This format avoids confusion for the organizer when they are setting up the collection, and also for the members when they are paying in, as they have fewer options to figure out.

An example of when this feature would be used is when an organizer wants their group to pay a deposit for an activity, and then pay the balance at a later stage.

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13 – Can the members of the collection make installment payments that suit them?

No, and the reason for this is that if we introduce this feature into the GroupandPay system, it will require a bit of figuring out on how to use this, by both the Organizer and the Members of the group, and then we will be moving away from keeping the system super easy to use.

When you are dealing with the general public you need to bare in mind that the system needs to be so easy to use, that even users that claim to have limited computer skills, can make their way around the system with great ease, otherwise they may not use it.

Also managing part payments by the members of the group can add frustration to the organizer. Members will have to find their own way of saving the money, but as long as they have paid up before the deadline that’s all you should concern yourself with, and how they come up with the money is their concern, not yours!

If they want to be part of your group experience then they have to pay up, and they always do!

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14 – Can GroupandPay be used for collecting Club Memberships?

The Super Easy to Collect Money for Club Memberships on GroupandPay.com

Absolutely!

Collecting membership payments is one of the prime uses for GroupandPay.com.

What we are finding in our research is that people often forget what Membership Payments are for. Most of the time the money collected from membership payments goes towards insurance for its members in the event of an injury or accident.

So typically, if a member hasn’t paid their club membership then they could technically be “Not Insured”, which opens up a whole can of worms for the club officials if something goes wrong, and like all of these things its is all fine until someone gets hurt, and then the paperwork starts to fly around.

Therefore it is imperative that all members of your club pay up on time hence the reason for using the GroupandPay system.

This is where the Secret Sauce of GroupandPay.com comes in. When members of your club get their notification informing them that their club memberships are due and to pay up, they also get to see the others who are in the same group as them, but they also get to see who has paid their memberships, and who still has to pay.

Organizers of collections for club memberships are finding this feature, to be the next best thing since the invention of sliced bread, as it gets members of clubs to pay up promptly, as everybody wants to be seen on the “Paid” list.

If you have a lot of members in your club you can set up a separate collection for each category for example:

The Senior Members
The Juvenile Members
The Male Senior Members
The Female Senior Members
The Family Members
The A Team
The B Team
The Under 10’s
The Under 12’s
The Under 14’s
The Under 16’s
And more….

Also remember that you can use this opportunity to get your point across about why you need to collect the club memberships and why they need to be paid promptly. As this is seen by everybody in the collection, it will become a talking point and inadvertently become a reminder for members to pay up.

Please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team through the free live chat feature on GroupandPay.com as they will be delighted to help you out, in any way they can.

For more information on collecting Club Memberships visit: GroupandPay.com/GuideforCollectingClubMemberships

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15 – Can I try out GroupandPay to see how it works?

Absolutely! You can take GroupandPay.com for a test drive to see for yourself how it works.

For this we recommend that you set up a collection for something minimal like €1 per member, and then add your friends, or work colleagues to this test collection (You can always refund the €1 Euro later).

From this you will get to see the full extent of how GroupandPay.com works, including its payment mechanism, and its easy to use functionality.

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16 – How secure is GroupandPay.com?

GroupandPay has chosen PayPal for collecting the payments, as this makes it available in any territory where PayPal operates in, which amounts to 203 countries, with 143 million users, using 26 different currencies.

Any information related to the payments your members make, or your PayPal information, is not stored with us in any way.

Any payment transactions conducted on GroupandPay.com are between the organizer of the collection, the member of the collection, and PayPal.

The commission GroupandPay receives for supplying the service is automatically charged to the member of the group when they are making their payment, which is automatically paid to us at that point from PayPal.

Regarding the contact information you have given to GroupandPay when registering, this information will only be used to send you updates on the development of the GroupandPay system as set out in the Terms and Conditions Document and the Privacy Policy Document that you are informed about when registering.

You can op-out of receiving this information at any time, by using the op-out feature when you receive the information.

Your details will never be passed on to a third party as detailed in the Terms and Conditions Document and the Privacy Policy Document.

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17 – How do I give a refund if the activity doesn’t go ahead?

That’s no problem, just follow PayPal’s procedure for doing refunds – for info, see this link on PayPal: PayPal.com/Refunds

The transaction fees for GroupandPay.com are non refundable.

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18 – What if the members of my group are in different countries can they make a payment?

Yes, they can pay from any country where PayPal operates in, which amounts to 203 countries, with 143 million users, using 26 different currencies.

But they will have to pay the amount in the currency that you have selected for the collection.

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19 – How do I send reminders to the group for those that haven’t paid up?

Don’t worry, GroupandPay have this covered as the system will send automated email reminders on a weekly basis to those that haven’t paid up. This also includes a last reminder 24 hours out from the deadline.

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20 – Can a collection be set up for Lotto’s, or any other form of Gambling Opportunities?

Absolutely Not! – GroupandPay.com is NOTdesigned for collecting funds from a group of people for any form of Gambling even if it is with the best of intentions for School Lotto Draws, Club Draws, or Charity Draws.

Organizers engaging in this activity will have their collection terminated and their activities referred to PayPal, who have strict policies on these type of activities. See Details Here.
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10 Tips for Organising a Group Trip to a Formula 1 Grand Prix

Intorduction

Probably no other sport in the world is as glamorous as Formula 1 motor racing. This is the world of movie stars, amazing venues, millionaires and speed. When F1 comes to town, the whole world watches and the town in question changes, incredibly. To plan a trip of this kind takes forethought and organisation. Hotels get booked up very quickly, travel becomes more expensive and logistical problems get compounded. The only easy part is probably getting tickets which, whilst expensive are normally available, if you apply early. The British Grand Prix for example, is the biggest single sporting event in the country. Only someone who has attended a Grand Prix can possibly understand the enormity of the event, the glamour and the excitement. It is quite simply, unbeatable.

1 – Choosing the group

Your particular group will to a certain extent choose itself. Opinions get polarised when it comes to motor sport. People are either into it or they are not. Though I have to say, those who are not, could well change their minds by attending a race. Financial restraints will be an issue unless you happen to live close to one of the races. This is not a cheap sport, by any stretch of the imagination.
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2 – Decide on the venue

Here you have the world at your feet! Twenty F1 Grand Prix venues cover the entire planet and are as glamorous as they come. Here is the list for the 2015 season: For all ticket information click here

Race 1


Australia (Melbourne)
Circuit: Albert Park

Length: 3.295 miles. Capacity: 80,000

Date: 12 – 15 Mar
The Australian race moved from the street circuit of Adelaide to the current Albert Park venue in Melbourne in 1996. The track is set next to a picturesque lake and is found just 2 miles to the South of the City.

Race 2


Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
Circuit: Sepang International

Length: 3.444 miles Capacity: 80,000

27 – 29 Mar
Seeping is adjacent to the International Airport making it possible to simply fly in, catch the race and fly out again after. Not the best of circuits, K.L. is though a great city to visit.

Race 3


Bahrain (Sakhir)
Circuit: Bahrain International

Length: 3.363 miles Capacity: 70,000

03 – 05 Apr
This track opened in 2004 and was the first race held in the Middle East. In 2007 the circuit became the first Grand Prix circuit to be awarded the distinguished FIA Institute Centre of Excellence award.

Race 4


China (Shanghai)
Circuit: Shanghai International

Length: 3.387 miles Capacity: 200,000
17 – 19 Apr

This enormous venue first hosted a Grand Prix in 2004 and has been a regular fixture ever since. It was built on swamp land at a cost of $450 Million. It is located in the Jading area of the city.

Race 5


Spain (Catalunya)
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona

Length: 2.892 miles Capacity: 140,700

08 – 10 May
Opened in 1991 it has hosted Grand Prix ever since. It is a popular track with drivers and crew as it is used frequently for testing. It is notorious difficult with regards to setting up the cars, as the wind can change direction extremely quickly.

Race 6


Monaco (Monte Carlo)
Circuit: Circuit de Monaco

Length: 2.075 miles Capacity: estimated at 200,000

21 – 24 May
Arguably the most romantic venues in world sport, this is generally number 1 on any racing fans bucket list. The official capacity is only 37,00 but with people climbing onto every available building is is probably around 200,000. It has hosted races every year since 1955 and is the one that most drivers claim to want to win. It’s the only Formula 1 race to hold practices on Thursdays, as the streets are reopened on Friday to ease disruption of the working week.

Race 7


Canada (Montréal)
Circuit: Gilles Villeneuve

Length: 2.710 miles Capacity: 100,000

05 – 07 Jun
Originally called the Ile Notre Dame Circuit it was renamed in honour of Canadian Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve and is located in the Parc Jean-Drapeau area of the city of Montreal, on an island in the St. Lawrence River.

Race 8


Austria (Spielberg)
Circuit: Red Bull Ring

Length: 2.688 miles Capacity: 225,000

19 – 21 Jun
Originally known as first the Osterreichring and then the A1 Ring, it now carries the name of its owner, the soft drinks giant Red Bull. It is located in a particularly beautiful part of the Austrian countryside.

Race 9


Great Britain (Silverstone)
Circuit: Silverstone

Length: 3.667 miles Capacity: 150,000

03 – 05 Jul
The British Grand Prix was formally held at Aintree and more famously Brand Hatch. It moved to Silverstone permanently in 1987, the track being the best location, travel wise. It is by the village of Silverstone in Northamptonshire. It was formally an RAF bomber station.

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Race 10


Germany (TBA)
Circuit: Nurburgring

Length: 3.199 miles Capacity: 150,000

17 – 19 Jul
Whilst the venue has not been decided yet it is more than likely to be at the Nurburgring. They have been alternating between the Nurburgring and Hockenheim since 2006. Both are great circuits and both offer different challenges. This tree lined circuit is one of the most easily recognised in the sport. Jackie Stewart nicknamed the old track here “The Green Hell”. It is considered by many to be the most demanding and difficult purpose-built racing circuit on Earth.

Race 11


Hungary (Budapest)
Circuit: Hungaroring

Length: 2.722. miles Capacity: 200,000

24 – 26 Jul
There have been Grand Prix in Hungary since as long ago as 1936, however the war in Europe and political unrest in the country meant that it took a 50 year hiatus, only returning in 1986, becoming the first ever Grand Prix behind the Iron Curtain. Notoriously difficult to overtake, the track was modified in 2003, but it still remains one of the more difficult circuits.

Race 12


Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
Circuit: Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps

Length: 4.352 miles Capacity: 70,000

21 – 23 Aug
Known by racing enthusiasts simply as Spa, this is one of the most popular circuits for drivers and fans alike. The original triangle-shaped course used public roads between the Belgian towns of Francorchamps, Malmedy, and Stavelot. It used to be the fastest circuit in Europe and therefore was quite dangerous. In fact the 1969 race was boycotted and safety has now improved.

Race 13


Italy (Monza)
Circuit: Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Length: 3.600 miles Capacity: 137,000

04 – 06 Sept.
Long straights and fast corners make this one of the fastest circuits in F1. The fastest, Curva Grande, is located after the Variante del Rettifilo, which is at the end of the front straight and is usually taken flat out by Formula One cars. In the early years of motor racing it was notorious for fatal accidents and has claimed the lives of 53 drivers and 35 fans. It is now much safer but still draws criticism from the drivers.

Race 14


Singapore (Singapore)
Circuit: Marina Bay Street Circuit

Length: 3.147 miles Capacity: 82,000

18 – 20 Sept.
An Anti-clockwise circuit and races held at night drew large criticism early on, but these were soon assuaged as people saw the venue. It is quite simply breath-taking. Established in 2008 it has quickly become one of the favourites among fans. Singapore is one of the most beautiful cities on earth and having the Grand Prix is a major coup. Hotels are at a premium and as such are very expensive on race weekend. The 82,000 capacity is swelled by people viewing from hotel rooms.

Race 15


Japan (Suzuka)
Circuit: Suzuka Circuit

Length: 3.608 miles Capacity: 155,000

25 – 27 Sept.
It was designed in 1962, as a Honda test track, by Dutchman John “Hans” Hugenholtz. It is one of few circuits in the world to have a “figure 8” layout, with the long back straight passing over the front section by means of an overpass. It has been modified three times and is now a firm favourite.

Race 16


Russia (Sochi)
Circuit: Sochi Autodrome

Length: 3.649 miles Capacity: 55,000

09 – 11 Oct
This is a street circuit in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi and is in the Olympic Park built for the 2014 Winter Olympics. 2014 was its inaugural year. The Russians campaigned for a full 30 years in order to have the right to stage a Grand Prix.

Race 17


United States (Austin)
Circuit: Circuit of the Americas

Length: 3.399 miles Capacity: 120,000

23 – 25 Oct
The Austin based circuit was first proposed in 2010. The circuit was the first ever in the United States to be purpose-built for Formula One. The sport grabbed the imagination of Texans immediately with the inaugural race drawing a crowd of 117,000. This is another one of the few anti-clockwise circuits.

Race 18


Mexico (Mexico City)
Circuit: Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

Length: 2.758 miles Capacity: 100,000

30 Oct – 01 Nov
Named after the famous Mexican racing brothers, Ricardo and Pedro Rodríguez. Ricardo was killed in practice here soon after the track opened. in 1962. The circuit was closed between 1970 and 1986 because of concerns over crowd safety. It was decided in 2001 that the circuit again needed upgrading and F1 did not return until 2013 when the first of a 5 year deal’s races was held. Bumpy track conditions and the thin air here, makes this a demanding circuit for the drivers.

Race 19


Brazil (São Paulo)
Circuit: Autódromo José Carlos Pace

Length: 2.677 miles Capacity: 60,000

13 – 15 Nov
Formally known as and still called by many, Interlagos was renamed after Carlos Pace, the Brazilian Formula One driver killed in a plane crash in in a 1977. The original name of the circuit means, “between lakes” and derives from its location in the neighbourhood of Interlagos, a region that sits between two large artificial lakes, Guarapiranga and Billings. The F1 mad, Brazilians create a unique atmosphere on race day. The development also includes a theme park, a water park and residential areas that houses hotels and beaches.

Race 20


Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)
Circuit: Yas Marina Circuit

Length: 3.451 miles Capacity: 50,000

27 – 29 Nov
Built on Yas Island, 30 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi, The Marina circuit was opened in 2009, becoming the second of the Emirates to hold a Grand Prix. This, like Singapore, is an anti-clockwise, race, its a day/night event and is favoured by most but not all the drivers.

3 – Be mindful of your budget

This can be and often is a tricky subject. The best way to deal with it is openness with the group members, whilst at the same time showing discretion if anyone expresses financial concerns. Early discussions regarding a realistic budget will save embarrassment later on.

Pick a budget, get the agreement of the group, then stick to it. Bearing in mind that this will be an expensive trip, try and minimise expenses by booking as early as possible.

4 – Location location location

This, of course, is down to a choice between the twenty races. Discuss the venues with your group and pick the most popular choice, for travel, cost and location.

5 – Think Outside the Box

Don’t let yourself be limited when planning this type of holiday. Booking as early as possible you should be able to arrange restaurant meals and other such add ons. It is a huge anticlimax if the race ends and so does your experience. Most races will have huge parties attached. For example at Singapore in 2014 Robbie Williams wowed the crowed with a dazzling performance in the rain. Finding out too late about this sort of addition would be a terrible faux pas.

When the trip does, in fact, come to an end, send out a follow-up email to gather feedback. This is a great opportunity to thank the group for participating and also gather information, useful in planning future trips.

6 – Use Your Group Buying Power

It is important to remember that at all times while making inquiries into the cost of travel, accommodation or activities, that you have the strength of your group buying power. Any business that can see a booking coming their way with upwards or 10, 20 or 30 people will definitely not want to loose out, and will be happy to offer incentives to win your custom.

If you take for example the many businesses out there that are offering up to a 80% discount on their services including administration fees, to post discount deals on some of the most renowned discount sites like Groupon.com and LastMinute.com and many other sites like these, to try and gain customers to promote their services. Bare this in mind if you’re a bit shy when it comes to haggling for discounts, go for it as you’ve nothing to loose, as all they can do is say no.

7 – Choosing Accommodations

There are many options for choosing accommodation that need to be considered when considering the level of budget for the overall group. The first and most obvious option is hotel accommodation.

Hotel Accommodation is in abundance on many price comparison sites, but sometimes you already know where you want to go based on recommendations from others who have visited the area where you wish to travel. It is always best practice to contact the hotel directly to see if you can get your own discount for your group booking.

Recommendations from others are most helpful in deciding your accommodation, as you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere!

You can view many of the most popular hotel booking service providers on the Hotels Section of DIYHolidays.com.

Private Properties are also another great option for affordable accommodation with a twist. There are many fabulous private luxurious villas available for short-term rentals. Some of these villas are like those in which you would imagine movie stars living in. Some of These will have features beyond your wildest imagination, including private swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and a room for everyone in the group!

The cost of renting these villas can be surprisingly affordable when you divide the cost up among the members of your group. There are many websites that provide these options for you, but you can see them all in one location on the Private Properties Section on DIYHolidays.com.

B&B’s are also an option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. This can also be an adventurous option as you are dealing with local people presenting their local hospitality, and local knowledge. You can also view a multiple of service providers offering B&B accommodation from all over the world on the B&B Section on DIYHolidays.com.

Hostel’s are a very cost effective option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. Hostels do have rooms with a number of bunks in it that might suit the number of people in your group.

This can be a great solution as sleeping can be the last thing on the itinerary for your group, although it can be a noisy option if everybody comes back at different times with a little too much to drink! There are many Hostel booking agents available on line for booking Hostels all over the world and you can see them all in one location here on the Hostel Section on DIYHolidays.com.

8 – Keep your Group Informed

It is always best to inform the people in your group of exactly what costs are involved, what is included in the trip and what, if any, discounts you have managed to squeeze out of service providers.

Collecting the money can also be challenging as this can sometimes create difficulty especially when deposits have to be paid. This is where you avail of the services of GroupandPay.com.

GroupandPay.com is a hugely popular online platform that is free for organisers to use when informing their group of what has been arranged for them, and it also provides an easy hassle free system for collecting the money. It prides itself on being very user friendly.

Watch this video to see how it works!

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9 – Travel Insurance

Many people overlook this, but it is so important especially if traveling abroad. Group insurance policies are readily available and do not have to be expensive. The peace of mind that it brings is worth it, especially for the organiser. Many companies specialise in this kind of cover. There are many service providers listed here on the Travel Insurance Section on DIYHolidays.com for you to choose from!

10 – Need inspiration for Planning your Group Experience?

Check out DIYHolidays.com as they inspire individuals and groups to travel, especially around their interests and hobbies.

Here you will see a multitude of interests and hobbies for you to get inspired from and for each one you will see enthusiasts recommending amazing places to go. You also see them sharing their experiences through videos, photos, and blogs. You can participate in live surveys, or ask questions and partake in live discussions. You can also view all the most popular online specialists stores from all over the world for each interest and hobby, all in one location, and you can even play related online games.

And as you have probably guessed it, DIYHolidays.com is a sister company of GroupandPay.com, so we are all about Inspiring Individuals and Groups to do more Traveling and enjoy more Social Engagement!!!

Tell us about your Experiences and Offer Recommendations

If you have created a group travel experience for your buddies that turned out to be an awesome experience, then don’t keep it to yourself, tell us about it in the comments section below.

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10 Tips for Organising a Group Trip to a MotoGP Race

Introduction:

Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix is the premier type of motorcycle racing and is divided into three classifications. Moto 3 is for 250cc four-stroke machines, Moto2 is for 600cc four-stroke machines and MotoGP is for 1000cc bikes.

These are purpose built factory machines as opposed to the modified Road bikes that race in the Superbike Championship. Any trip to one of these meetings will be exciting. The venues are glamorous, the Noise and crowd reactions are amazing and the racing is the epitome of motorcycle racing. With careful planning and the right group of friends or colleagues, your trip will be a memorable one.

1 – Choosing the group

Your particular group will to a certain extent choose itself. Opinions get polarised when it comes to MotoGP. People tend to go for either cars or bikes and even more often, either go for racing or not. MotoGP is the motorbike equivalent of F1 Motor Racing. By far the most popular of bike racing, it draws big crowds and visits some exciting locations around the world.
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2 – Decide on the venue

Here you have the world at your feet! Twenty F1 venues cover the entire planet and are as glamorous as they come. Here is the list for the 2015 season: For all ticket information click here. To download the 2015 MotorGP calendar click here.

Race 1

Grand Prix of Qatar

Date: 29th March
Circuit: Losail Circuit

Length: 3.375 miles. Capacity: 8,000
This circuit is located just outside in the town of Lusail, to the north of Doha, Qatar. It was built in just under a year by 1,000 workers and cost $58 million, it held its inaugural race in 2004. Permanent outdoor lighting for night races was added in 2007; the first night race in MotoGP history was the Grand Prix of Qatar in March 2008.

Race 2

Grand Prix of the Americas

Date: 12th April
Circuit: Circuit of the Americas

Length: 3.418 miles Capacity: 120,000
Built in 2011 in Travis County, near Austin, Texas, it is also the venue for the Formula One United States Grand Prix. It contains 20 bends and has an elevation change of some 133feet. Unusually it runs counter-clockwise.

Race 3

Grand Prix De La Republica Argentina

Date: 19th April
Circuit: Autudromo Termas de Rio Hondo

Length: 2.986 miles. Capacity: 120,000
This circuit was created in 2007 but then had a complete overhaul and rebuild in 2012, hosting its first MotoGP event in 2014. Between 1961 and 1999, this race was held at the Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez in Buenos Aires .

Race 4

Gran Premio De Espana

Date: 3rd May
Circuit: Jerez

Length: 2.751 miles. Capacity: 125,000
Opening its doors to the public in 1985 it held its first F1 GP event here in the same year. In May 2013, it was announced that the final corner would be renamed in honour of Spanish MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Race 5

Grand Prix de France

Date: 17th May
Circuit: Le Mans

Length: 2.597 miles. Capacity: 100,000
One of the most famous circuits in the world, Le Mans opened in 1966, It has a unique place in motorsport history and has hosted MotoGP events on the Bugatti circuit since 2000 following a major upgrade. The circuit forms part of the famous ‘Circuit de la Sarthe’, on which the 24 Hour race is run.

Race 6

Gran Premio D’Italia

Date: 31st May
Circuit: Mugello

Length: 3.259 miles. Capacity: 50,000
Between 1949 and 1990 this event was known as the Nation’s Grand Prix. It was one of the original rounds of Grand Prix motorcycle racing. Originally held exclusively at Monza it remained there for 23 years. Then between 1972 and 1993, it rotated between several circuits before coming to the Mugello Circuit in 1994, where it has remained.

Race 7

Gran Premi De Catalunya

Date: 14th June
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona

Length: 2.892 miles. Capacity: 140,700
Prior to 2013 the track was known as the Circuit de Catalunya, Then a sponsorship deal with Barcelona City Council added Barcelona to the its title. Also home to the F1 Grand Prix it is a popular circuit with both fans and drivers alike.

Race 8

TT Assen

Date: 27th June
Circuit: Assen

Length: 2.824 miles. Capacity: 100,000
Having hosted Motorcycling Grand Prix since 1925 the Assen Circuit is known affectionately as the Cathedral of Motorcycling. It is easily the longest running event in the MotorGP calendar breaking only during the war years. The modern track was built in 1955, the original circuit was an incredibly 18 mile brick paved circuit.

Race 9

Motored Grand Prix Deutschland

Date: 12th July
Circuit: Sachsenring

Length: 2.299 miles. Capacity: 77,500
Also built in 1925,. it has hosted races continually since 1952, it is located in Hohenstein-Ernstthal which is near Chemnitz in the Saxony region of Germany. It used to be a complete road race, comparable to the Isle of Man TT, but after many fatalities, it was decided to take on new promoters, and move to the shortened purpose-built Sachsenring where it became a sell-out event immediately and has remained so.

Race 10

Indianapolis Grand Prix

Date: 9th August
Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Length: 2.591 miles. Capacity: 257,000
The circuit is located approximately six miles west of Indianapolis, Indiana. Built in 1909 it is the highest capacity sports venue in the world. With in-field seating for the car racing it holds an astonishing 400,000 people. The MotoGP came here for the first time in 2008.

Race 11

Grand Prix Ceske Republiky

Date: 16th August
Circuit: Automotodrom Brno

Length: 3.357 miles. Capacity: 150,000
The original street circuit here, was its longest nearly 19 miles long. Racing on the old roads ceased in 1986, when the current circuit was opened. The annual MotoGP race is the circuit’s most important event. It has been held here since 1950 and is the most famous motor race in the country.

Race 12

British Grand Prix

Date: 30th August
Circuit: Donington Park

Length: 2.498 miles. Capacity: Not yet announced
From 1949 until 1972, the Isle of Man TT was the most prestigious event on the motorcycling calendar. Then, world champion Giacomo Agostini announced that he would never race there again, stating that the 37-mile circuit was too dangerous, his friend Gilberto Parlotti having been killed that year. Many riders followed his lead over the the next 4 years and the Isle of Man TT was scratched from the MotoGP calendar. It moved first, to Silverstone for a decade, before finding its home at Donington, then it went back to Silverstone from 2010 until 2015. It is due to move to Wales in 2016.

Race 13

Grand Prix Di San Marino E Della Riviera Di Rimini

Date: 13th September
Circuit: Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli

Length: 2.525 miles. Capacity: 60,000
The name of this race is a misnomer as the race actually takes place in Italy. However, because there is already an Italian motorcycle Grand Prix, it was given the title San Marino Grand Prix as the race track is located close to San Marino. The track carries the name of the tragic driver who was killed in 2011.

Race 14

Gran Premio De Aragón

Date: 27th September
Circuit: Moorland Aragón

Length: 3.155 miles. Capacity: 120,000
located near Alcañiz, Spain, it was announced as a replacement for the Hungarian Grand Prix for the 2010 MotoGP calendar. Aragón was already in place as a reserve track. It replaced the Hungarian event which was postponed due to overrunning construction work.

Race 15

Grand Prix of Japan

Date: 11 October
Circuit: Twin Ring Motegi

Length: 2.980 miles. Capacity: 65,000
Taking its name comes from the fact that it has two race tracks: It was built in 1997 by Honda, as part of their efforts in bringing the IndyCar Series to Japan. The bikes use the road track. Honda has a museum and workshops here.

Race 16

Australian Grand Prix

Date: 18th October
Circuit: Phillip Island

Length: 2.762 miles. Capacity: 90,000
Built on Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia. This circuit was opened in 1956 and is also home to the Superbike races. After being upgraded, MotoGP gave the circuit a grand re-opening in 1989 when the race was won by 1987 World Champion Gardner to the delight of the large crowd. The track is a favourite among riders.

Race 17

Malaysian Motocycle Grand Prix

Date: 25th October
Circuit: Sepang Circuit

Length: 3.444 miles. Capacity: 80,000
Designed by German designer Hermann Tilke, it was inaugurated for the first Moto GP Malaysian Grand Prix on 20 April 1999. Sadly on 23 October 2011, the Italian motorcycle racer Marco Simoncelli died following a crash on Lap 2, resulting in the abandonment of the race. The track is also used for F1 races.

Race 18

Gran premio De La Comunitat Valenciana

Date: 8th November
Circuit: Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo

Length: 2.517 miles. Capacity: 120,000
More often called simply Circuit Ricardo Tormo, after the Spanish, two-time world champion Grand Prix motorcycle racer. It is located in Valencia, Spain and was built in 1999. It is often used as a test track by the Formula One teams, because of the mild temperatures in winter.

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3 – Be mindful of your budget

The location can set your budget as you decide how far and to which race you want to go. Money is often a tricky subject. A good way to deal with it is openness with the group members, whilst at the same time show discretion if someone expresses financial concerns. Early discussions can save embarrassment later on.

Get the agreement of the group in deciding a budget then stick to it. Try to minimise expenses by booking as early as possible.

4 – Location location location

This, of course, is down to a choice between the eighteen races. Discuss the venues with your group and pick the most popular choice, for travel, cost and location.

5 – Think Outside the Box

Don’t let yourself be constrained when planning this type of holiday. Book as early as possible and you should be able to take advantage of the best restaurant seats and other such add-ons. It is a huge anticlimax when the end of the race ends signals the end of your experience. Most races will have parties attached. Discovering too late about this sort of addition would be a shame.

When the trip does, in fact, come to an end, send out a follow-up email to gather feedback. This is a great opportunity to thank the group for participating and also gather information, useful in planning future trips.

6 – Use Your Group Buying Power

It is important to remember that at all times while making inquiries into the cost of travel, accommodation or activities, that you have the strength of your group buying power. Any business that can see a booking coming their way with upwards or 10, 20 or 30 people will definitely not want to loose out, and will be happy to offer incentives to win your custom.

If you take for example the many businesses out there that are offering up to a 80% discount on their services including administration fees, to post discount deals on some of the most renowned discount sites like Groupon.com and LastMinute.com and many other sites like these, to try and gain customers to promote their services. Bare this in mind if you’re a bit shy when it comes to haggling for discounts, go for it as you’ve nothing to loose, as all they can do is say no.

7 – Choosing Accommodations

There are many options for choosing accommodation that need to be considered when considering the level of budget for the overall group. The first and most obvious option is hotel accommodation.

Hotel Accommodation is in abundance on many price comparison sites, but sometimes you already know where you want to go based on recommendations from others who have visited the area where you wish to travel. It is always best practice to contact the hotel directly to see if you can get your own discount for your group booking.

Recommendations from others are most helpful in deciding your accommodation, as you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere!

You can view many of the most popular hotel booking service providers on the Hotels Section of DIYHolidays.com.

Private Properties are also another great option for affordable accommodation with a twist. There are many fabulous private luxurious villas available for short-term rentals. Some of these villas are like those in which you would imagine movie stars living in. Some of These will have features beyond your wildest imagination, including private swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and a room for everyone in the group!

The cost of renting these villas can be surprisingly affordable when you divide the cost up among the members of your group. There are many websites that provide these options for you, but you can see them all in one location on the Private Properties Section on DIYHolidays.com.

B&B’s are also an option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. This can also be an adventurous option as you are dealing with local people presenting their local hospitality, and local knowledge. You can also view a multiple of service providers offering B&B accommodation from all over the world on the B&B Section on DIYHolidays.com.

Hostel’s are a very cost effective option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. Hostels do have rooms with a number of bunks in it that might suit the number of people in your group.

This can be a great solution as sleeping can be the last thing on the itinerary for your group, although it can be a noisy option if everybody comes back at different times with a little too much to drink! There are many Hostel booking agents available on line for booking Hostels all over the world and you can see them all in one location here on the Hostel Section on DIYHolidays.com.

8 – Keep your Group Informed

It is always best to inform the people in your group of exactly what costs are involved, what is included in the trip and what, if any, discounts you have managed to squeeze out of service providers.

Collecting the money can also be challenging as this can sometimes create difficulty especially when deposits have to be paid. This is where you avail of the services of GroupandPay.com.

GroupandPay.com is a hugely popular online platform that is free for organisers to use when informing their group of what has been arranged for them, and it also provides an easy hassle free system for collecting the money. It prides itself on being very user friendly.

Watch this video to see how it works!

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9 – Travel Insurance

Many people overlook this, but it is so important especially if traveling abroad. Group insurance policies are readily available and do not have to be expensive. The peace of mind that it brings is worth it, especially for the organiser. Many companies specialise in this kind of cover. There are many service providers listed here on the Travel Insurance Section on DIYHolidays.com for you to choose from!

10 – Need inspiration for Planning your Group Experience?

Check out DIYHolidays.com as they inspire individuals and groups to travel, especially around their interests and hobbies.

Here you will see a multitude of interests and hobbies for you to get inspired from and for each one you will see enthusiasts recommending amazing places to go. You also see them sharing their experiences through videos, photos, and blogs. You can participate in live surveys, or ask questions and partake in live discussions. You can also view all the most popular online specialists stores from all over the world for each interest and hobby, all in one location, and you can even play related online games.

And as you have probably guessed it, DIYHolidays.com is a sister company of GroupandPay.com, so we are all about Inspiring Individuals and Groups to do more Traveling and enjoy more Social Engagement!!!

Tell us about your Experiences and Offer Recommendations

If you have created a group travel experience for your buddies that turned out to be an awesome experience, then don’t keep it to yourself, tell us about it in the comments section below.

It’s all about sharing the love on #GroupandPay.com

11 Tips for Planning a Safari for a Group of Friends or Colleagues

Lets start at the beginning…

There can be few trips anywhere on earth that have the potential for more excitement and wonder, than a safari tour. Things have changed a lot from the early days of safari tours and nowadays, not only can they be ethical, but they do a lot of good for animal welfare and local economies.

1 – Choosing the group

The personnel of the group will in many ways choose itself. A safari is not a cheap holiday and obviously involves international travel. Therefore financial restrictions will determine who will or will not be available to make the trip. These kind of holidays appeal to a certain type of personality also. A love of nature and a desire to see wildlife are not everyone’s cup of tea. For those that do make the trip however, the rewards will stay with them for a life time.

A Safari is not like a trip to a zoo, and can be both mentally and physically demanding. Make sure your group is up to it. Most safari destinations are in developing sub-Saharan nations; it is therefore imperative that travellers take certain safety and health precautions.

2 – Decide on the type of event

Of course the first item for discussion will be ‘which country?’ Next up would be a list of which animals the group would want to see in their natural habitat. The “Big Five” are Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Elephant and Rhinoceros. The type of safari needs to be decided also.

Luxury Safari

This type of safari is normally offered by well-known tour operators and typically will cost thousands of dollars per person, per week. This kind of all-inclusive tour, will include food, drinks and excursions. Fully catered luxury safaris offer travellers all the comforts of home, but in the African wild. Accommodation ranges from air-conditioned suites to incredibly stylish tents, these provide the best of both worlds, camping but with hot running water, rich bed linen and first-rate service. Ultra-luxurious safari lodges will cost over $1,000 a night.

Self-Drive

This is where you will simply choose a public game park, rent a vehicle and tour the African bush on your own. These are only possible in public parks with well signed, paved roads. For safety reasons, these are the only way to go. There is no chance of getting lost and provided you stick to the rules, there is little or no danger. For the least expensive safari, self-drive is the best option. Meals and itineraries can be added or supplemented, thus tailor-making your safari.

Not having a knowledgeable local guide, however, can mean that you may miss some wildlife. To reduce the chances of this happening, read guidebooks on spotting wildlife in your chosen destination, carry field guides and don’t be afraid to stop and ask other travellers what and where they’ve seen.

Overland or Mobile Safaris

These are generally the cheapest type of organised safari tour. An overland safari will generally involve campsite accommodation. It is likely that you will travel in a group with other people. Overland safaris are more often than not participatory. That is to say you may be expected to help out with chores such like cooking or setting up camp.

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3 – Location location location

Kenya:

Easily the place with the most abundant wildlife, is the Masai Mara National Reserve. Huge herds migrate annually across the plains here. However, beyond the Masai Mara and the Serengeti there are plenty of other excellent parks for viewing wildlife. The famous soda lakes of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Bogoria are where hundreds of thousands of flamingos can be seen. Kenya is one of the most popular safari destinations in the world.

South Africa:

A popular destination for safaris. It has a well-organised and modern tourism infrastructure and sees many travellers in the high season. The Kruger National Park is its most famous destination, it is home to a huge number of African animals and sits within in the largest conservation area on the planet. Private game lodges can cost upwards of $500 per night.

Botswana:

This is the most expensive destination in Africa due to the government intervention, aimed at encouraging high-end tourism. The country sees much smaller numbers of safari travellers and is best suited for the luxury end of the market. Chobe National Park is famous for its elephants. Moremi Wildlife Reserve, has many of the “big five.” The Okavango Delta here is the best area for crocodiles, buffalo, zebras and hippos.

Namibia:

Namibia is less well known as a destination and has less well developed game parks. It does though, have some incredible natural wonders from the Namib Desert to the Fish River Canyon and the Etosha National Park, and more than 100 species of animal, including endangered animals such as the black rhinoceros. Zebra and desert elephants roam throughout the Skeleton Coast National Park, the most arid place in Africa.

Uganda:

Uganda is famous for its many primate reserves. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Ngamba Island offer travellers the chance to see gorillas, chimpanzees and other primates in their natural habitats. Here you will also see crocodiles, hippos and many exotic birds. The Murchison Falls National Park on the Nile River, has incredibly impressive waterfalls.

Tanzania:

Tanzania along with Kenya is home to the Serengeti National Park. This is the best in Africa for viewing the vast migrating herds of wildlife. Mount Kilimanjaro, the marine parks off the coast, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, site of the Ngorongoro Crater and Oldupai Gorge are also notable viewing areas. This area is known as the Cradle of Mankind. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the largest volcanic craters in the world and more than 30,000 animals live here, including the densest lion population on Earth.

4 – Immunisation and Immigration

Check with either your own immigration service or the Embassies of the country, which you plan to visit, to get information on visa requirements. It is also important that you visit your GP and ask about immunisation requirements and recommendations. Anti Malaria treatment before and after your safari will probably be necessary. Yellow fever vaccination is needed if visiting East and Southern Africa. You may also require hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid jabs. Visit websites such as The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, to get specific advise on health checks. Many vaccinations take several weeks to provide full protection, so don’t leave things till the last minute.

5 – Think Outside the Box

This is likely to be the trip of your lifetime. Don’t be scared of including other trips to make it extra special. A balloon flight of the Serengeti would appeal to most people. It is also worth keeping in mind that the dangers on these type of holidays are not necessarily the ones you would expect. Very few people get attacked by wild animals, Whereas dehydration and illness can offer real danger. Also there are like anywhere scams in operation. Used respected companies and don’t buy any extra trips from strangers.
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6 – Use Your Group Buying Power

It is important to remember that at all times while making inquiries into the cost of travel, accommodation or activities, that you have the strength of your group buying power. Any business that can see a booking coming their way with upwards or 10, 20 or 30 people will definitely not want to loose out, and will be happy to offer incentives to win your custom.

If you take for example the many businesses out there that are offering up to a 80% discount on their services including administration fees, to post discount deals on some of the most renowned discount sites like Groupon.com and LastMinute.com and many other sites like these, to try and gain customers to promote their services. Bare this in mind if you’re a bit shy when it comes to haggling for discounts, go for it as you’ve nothing to loose, as all they can do is say no.

7 – Choosing Accommodations

If you are organizing accommodation for before or after or for the safari itself, then there are many options for choosing accommodation that need to be considered when considering the level of budget for the overall group. The first and most obvious option is hotel accommodation.

Hotel Accommodation is in abundance on many price comparison sites, but sometimes you already know where you want to go based on recommendations from others who have visited the area where you wish to travel. It is always best practice to contact the hotel directly to see if you can get your own discount for your group booking.

Recommendations from others are most helpful in deciding your accommodation, as you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere!

You can view many of the most popular hotel booking service providers on the Hotels Section of DIYHolidays.com.

Private Properties are also another great option for affordable accommodation with a twist. There are many fabulous private luxurious villas available for short-term rentals. Some of these villas are like those in which you would imagine movie stars living in. Some of These will have features beyond your wildest imagination, including private swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and a room for everyone in the group!

The cost of renting these villas can be surprisingly affordable when you divide the cost up among the members of your group. There are many websites that provide these options for you, but you can see them all in one location on the Private Properties Section on DIYHolidays.com.

B&B’s are also an option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. This can also be an adventurous option as you are dealing with local people presenting their local hospitality, and local knowledge. You can also view a multiple of service providers offering B&B accommodation from all over the world on the B&B Section on DIYHolidays.com.

Hostel’s are a very cost effective option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. Hostels do have rooms with a number of bunks in it that might suit the number of people in your group.

This can be a great solution as sleeping can be the last thing on the itinerary for your group, although it can be a noisy option if everybody comes back at different times with a little too much to drink! There are many Hostel booking agents available on line for booking Hostels all over the world and you can see them all in one location here on the Hostel Section on DIYHolidays.com.

8 – Keep your Group Informed

It is always best to inform the people in your group of exactly what costs are involved, what is included in the trip and what, if any, discounts you have managed to squeeze out of service providers.

Collecting the money can also be challenging as this can sometimes create difficulty especially when deposits have to be paid. This is where you avail of the services of GroupandPay.com.

GroupandPay.com is a hugely popular online platform that is free for organisers to use when informing their group of what has been arranged for them, and it also provides an easy hassle free system for collecting the money. It prides itself on being very user friendly.

Watch this video to see how it works!

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9 – Travel Insurance

Many people overlook this, but it is so important especially if traveling abroad. Group insurance policies are readily available and do not have to be expensive. The peace of mind that it brings is worth it, especially for the organiser. Many companies specialise in this kind of cover. There are many service providers listed here on the Travel Insurance Section on DIYHolidays.com for you to choose from!

10 – Need inspiration for Planning your Group Experience?

Check out DIYHolidays.com as they inspire individuals and groups to travel, especially around their interests and hobbies.

Here you will see a multitude of interests and hobbies for you to get inspired from and for each one you will see enthusiasts recommending amazing places to go. You also see them sharing their experiences through videos, photos, and blogs. You can participate in live surveys, or ask questions and partake in live discussions. You can also view all the most popular online specialists stores from all over the world for each interest and hobby, all in one location, and you can even play related online games.

And as you have probably guessed it, DIYHolidays.com is a sister company of GroupandPay.com, so we are all about Inspiring Individuals and Groups to do more Traveling and enjoy more Social Engagement!!!

11 – Tell us about your Experiences and Offer Recommendations

If you have created a group travel experience for your buddies that turned out to be an awesome experience, then don’t keep it to yourself, tell us about it in the comments section below.

It’s all about sharing the love on #GroupandPay.com

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10 Tips for Organising Group Stadium Tours for Football Fans

Including 20 of the most recommended stadium tours in the world!

1 – Choosing the group

Football fans can be the most partisan followers of any sport in the world. That being said they all have a common interest, their love of the Beautiful Game. When it comes to it, differences are set aside in favour of visiting the famous arenas the sport that they adore.

Make sure that your group is likely to get on with each other, then send out a group email and keep them informed at every stage of the planning. If you manage to pull of special tickets or a great air deal, let them know. You are doing the work; there is nothing wrong with accepting the platitudes.

2 – Your own club or another famous one

These types of trips are unlike any other. Because of that partisan nature of football fans you have to make a decision as to whether you Want To Take A Group of fans of your own club, around that particular ground, or whether this Is to be a trip to a different iconic stadium. Both can be extremely satisfying. If you are close friends who have loyalties are spoilt between your city’s two clubs, why not do both.

3 – Be mindful of your budget

Obviously tours of this nature need some dialogue before booking. The world of football is huge and you can plan everything from a weekend excursion to a full on holiday taking in different cities or even countries to maximise the experience. Set a budget early on that suits your group and stick to it.

It is a good idea to make all bookings by credit card. This will give you certain guarantees and proof of purchase.

4 – Travel

Travel has never been easier than it is now. Whether this is to be a road trip, a train journey or a flight to another country, try and get a discount for group bookings. Most travel companies have discounts that they don’t always advertise. By use of good travel arrangements it is often possible to combine several stadia into the same trip.

5 – Use Your Group Buying Power

It is important to remember that at all times while making inquiries into the cost of travel, accommodation or activities, that you have the strength of your group buying power. Any business that can see a booking coming their way with upwards or 10, 20 or 30 people will definitely not want to loose out, and will be happy to offer incentives to win your custom.

If you take for example the many businesses out there that are offering up to a 80% discount on their services including administration fees, to post discount deals on some of the most renowned discount sites like Groupon.com and LastMinute.com and many other sites like these, to try and gain customers to promote their services. Bare this in mind if you’re a bit shy when it comes to haggling for discounts, go for it as you’ve nothing to loose, as all they can do is say no.

6 – Choosing Accommodations

There are many options for choosing accommodation that need to be considered when considering the level of budget for the overall group. The first and most obvious option is hotel accommodation.

Hotel Accommodation is in abundance on many price comparison sites, but sometimes you already know where you want to go based on recommendations from others who have visited the area where you wish to travel. It is always best practice to contact the hotel directly to see if you can get your own discount for your group booking.

Recommendations from others are most helpful in deciding your accommodation, as you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere!

You can view many of the most popular hotel booking service providers on the Hotels Section of DIYHolidays.com.

Private Properties are also another great option for affordable accommodation with a twist. There are many fabulous private luxurious villas available for short-term rentals. Some of these villas are like those in which you would imagine movie stars living in. Some of These will have features beyond your wildest imagination, including private swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and a room for everyone in the group!

The cost of renting these villas can be surprisingly affordable when you divide the cost up among the members of your group. There are many websites that provide these options for you, but you can see them all in one location on the Private Properties Section on DIYHolidays.com.

B&B’s are also an option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. This can also be an adventurous option as you are dealing with local people presenting their local hospitality, and local knowledge. You can also view a multiple of service providers offering B&B accommodation from all over the world on the B&B Section on DIYHolidays.com.

Hostel’s are a very cost effective option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. Hostels do have rooms with a number of bunks in it that might suit the number of people in your group.

This can be a great solution as sleeping can be the last thing on the itinerary for your group, although it can be a noisy option if everybody comes back at different times with a little too much to drink! There are many Hostel booking agents available on line for booking Hostels all over the world and you can see them all in one location here on the Hostel Section on DIYHolidays.com.

7 – Keep your Group Informed

It is always best to inform the people in your group of exactly what costs are involved, what is included in the trip and what, if any, discounts you have managed to squeeze out of service providers.

Collecting the money can also be challenging as this can sometimes create difficulty especially when deposits have to be paid. This is where you avail of the services of GroupandPay.com.

GroupandPay.com is a hugely popular online platform that is free for organisers to use when informing their group of what has been arranged for them, and it also provides an easy hassle free system for collecting the money. It prides itself on being very user friendly.
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Watch this video to see how it works!

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8 – Travel Insurance

Many people overlook this, but it is so important especially if traveling abroad. Group insurance policies are readily available and do not have to be expensive. The peace of mind that it brings is worth it, especially for the organiser. Many companies specialise in this kind of cover. There are many service providers listed here on the Travel Insurance Section on DIYHolidays.com for you to choose from!

9 – Need inspiration for Planning your Group Experience?

Check out DIYHolidays.com as they inspire individuals and groups to travel, especially around their interests and hobbies.

Here you will see a multitude of interests and hobbies for you to get inspired from and for each one you will see enthusiasts recommending amazing places to go. You also see them sharing their experiences through videos, photos, and blogs. You can participate in live surveys, or ask questions and partake in live discussions. You can also view all the most popular online specialists stores from all over the world for each interest and hobby, all in one location, and you can even play related online games.

And as you have probably guessed it, DIYHolidays.com is a sister company of GroupandPay.com, so we are all about Inspiring Individuals and Groups to do more Traveling and enjoy more Social Engagement!!!

10 – When and Where

Now this is the big one. The world is full of iconic football stadia. Many countries have grounds that conjure up the magic of what football can bring. Almost all clubs now have stadium tours and for fans it is a great way of seeing a club from the inside.

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Here are 20 of the Best Stadium Tours in the World:

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England

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London

Wembley Stadium

Home of England International Football
Capacity 90,000
Wembley stadium is one of the most iconic names in world football. Totally rebuilt the new stadium opened its doors in 2007.
For information on stadium tours click here

Stamford Bridge

Home of Chelsea FC
Capacity 41,800
One of the big English Clubs, Chelsea has been totally transformed since the arrival of Roman Abramovic and his investment. They have several different packages available to tour the ground and the Chelsea Museum.
For information on stadium tours click here

The Emirates Stadium

Home of Arsenal FC
Capacity 60,000
One of the biggest clubs in England Arsenal have never been out of the top tier of English football. Opened in 2006, the fabulous Emirates Stadium is regarded as one of the best club grounds in Europe.
For information on stadium tours click here

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Manchester

Old Trafford

Home of Manchester United FC
Capacity 76,000
Arguably the biggest name in world football, Manchester United have won every major honour available to them, and remain a huge draw for football fans. Their stadium tours are extremely busy and early booking is advised.
For information on stadium tours click here

The Etihad Stadium

Home of Manchester City FC
Capacity 61,000*
The current English champions, Manchester City was totally transformed by the arrival of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan. Their stadium is currently undergoing expansion and the capacity for the start of the 2016 season will be 61,000, the second largest league ground in the English Premier League. Their training facility, also included in the tour is considered the best in world football.
For information on stadium tours click here

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Liverpool

Anfield

Home of Liverpool FC
Capacity 45,500
One of the biggest names in world football, their fans travel from all over the world to take part in the Anfield tour and see the Shankley Gates. Their song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is probably the most famous football anthem on Earth.
For information on stadium tours click here

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Organize a visit to Old Trafford for a group of your friends or fellow football fans with GroupandPay.com

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Spain

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Barcelona

Camp Nou

Home of FC Barcelona
Capacity 98,700
The immense “New Camp” is one of the most popular venues for football fans. Barcelona are one of the giants of European football and their stadium in the heart of the Catalonian capital sees thousands of visitors daily.
For information on stadium tours click here

Madrid

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

Home of Real Madrid
Capacity 85,400
Barcelona’s great rivals Real Madrid are the other really big name in Spanish football. This stadium in the heart of Spain’s capital city, draws thousands of visitors and is an icon of world football. They rival Manchester United at the top of football rich list.
For information on stadium tours click here

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Italy

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Milan

Stadio Guiseppe Meazza

Home of Internationale and A.C.Milan
Capacity 80,000
The two Milan giants shame the same stadium. The Italians call it simply the San Siro after the area in which it stands. It is huge, an absolute monolith from the outside and tours are balanced between the two great rivals. The stadium was expanded and modernised for the 1990 World Cup Finals.
For information on stadium tours click here

Turin

Juventus Stadium

Home of Juventus
Capacity 41,000
Juventus used to share the Stadio Delle Alpi with Torino the other Turin based club. Drawing smaller and smaller crowds the club decided to move back closer to the city and the new stadium was opened in 2011. The Stadium tour and museum is one of the better ones in Europe.
For information on stadium tours click here

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Holland

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Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Arena

Home of AFC Ajax
Capacity 53,000
One of the newer grounds in World football, it was built from scratch in 1996 at a cost of €140 Million. Home of Ajax, the most successful team in Dutch history, it is a superb arena, very dramatic from the outside. With a retractable pitch it is used to host many major events.
For information on stadium tours click here

Rotterdam

De Kuip

Home of Feijenoord
Capacity 51,500
The De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam is home to Feijenoord, one of the giants of European football. Its official name of Stadion Feijenoord is hardly ever used. De Kuip means the Tub or Bowl.

For information on stadium tours click here

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Germany

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Munich

The Allianz Arena

Home of FC Bayern München and TSV 1860 München
Capacity 71,137
Bayern Munich are the most successful club in Germany. Regular participants in the Champions League they have a formidable following. Built in 2006, the arena is spectacular, clever use of lighting can change the colour of the entire exterior for different events.
For information on stadium tours click here

Dortmund

Signal Iduna Park

Home of Borussia Dortmund
Capacity 80,800
Prior to 2005 this was known as the Westfalenstadion, before taking its sponsors name. It was built for the 1974 World cup and is home to the German Giants Borussia Dortmund.
For information on stadium tours click here

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Portugal

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Lisbon

Estádio da Luz

Home of SL Benfica
Capacity 65,600
The Iconic Stadium of Light is one of the most well known stadia in the world and home to Benfica, one of the most successful clubs in Europe.
For information on stadium tours click here

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Argentina

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Buenos Aires

Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti

Home of River Plate
Capacity 74,600
Unofficially known as El Monumental, this is home to River Plate, a giant of South American football. It is also the home of the Argentina National side and a venue for the 1978 World Cup and the 2011 Copa America.

La Bombonera

Home of Boca Juniors
Capacity 40,00
Known as the chocolate box due to its shape, it is home to Boca Juniors, one of the most famous clubs in South America. Quite small as famous grounds go, it generates an enviable atmosphere on match days.

A Superb 5 hour joint tour of both these grounds can be booked. For information click here

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Uruguay

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Montevideo

Centenario Stadium

Home of the Uruguay National Team and Penarol.
Capacity 65,000
On July 18, 1983, it was declared by FIFA as the only historical monument of World Football, the only building of its kind in the world.
For information on stadium tours click here

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Brazil

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Rio De Janeiro

Estádio do Maracanã

Home of Flamengo Fluminense and Botafogo
Capacity 79,000

This used to be the biggest football stadium in the world but recent alterations and modernisations have reduced the capacity. It is though, still number one on most fans’ wish list.
For information on stadium tours click here

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Mexico

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Mexico City

The Estadio Azteca

Home of Club América and the Mexico National Team
capacity 105,000
The fabulous Aztec Stadium opened its doors in 1966 and hosted games in the 1970 World Cup Finals. Its capacity has recently been reduced from 115,000 for safety reasons. It remains one of the most iconic grounds in world football.
For information on stadium tours click here

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Tell us about your Experiences and Offer Recommendations

If you have created a group travel experience for your buddies that turned out to be an awesome experience, then don’t keep it to yourself, tell us about it in the comments section below.

It’s all about sharing the love on #GroupandPay.com
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