Group Travel Tips: How to Travel With Friends And Not Kill Each Other
There’s a saying that goes “You never really know someone until you travel with them.” After having experienced group travel firsthand, this cannot be truer. I’ve travelled with friends, classmates, and family and it is during travel that people’s true natures are revealed. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It could be that while you are travelling with them for a short while, you realize your friends may have habits and traits you didn’t know about before. This sudden shift in their personality and demeanour can put you completely at odds with them or make you love them even more. So, if you find yourself in this situation, consider the following to having an enjoyable trip with friends instead of going to war.
1. Choose your travel companions carefully
This is quite simple: if you know for certain that you will come into conflict, avoid travel with those people. This may seem like a no-brainer, but just because you are friends, it does not mean you will be able to travel together. Here are a few aspects to consider when deciding whether or not to travel with friends.
- A. Do you know them well? Do you have similar personalities? If you are friends who can hang out for a movie and dinner but not much else, perhaps consider that before buying your plane tickets.
- B. Do you have similar travel goals? Perhaps they want to see famous landmarks while you just want to party. If you have wildly diverging goals, reconsider as you will want to do different things.
- C. Do you have similar lifestyles? Does your friend like to wake up before the sun rises, or go drinking till the sun rises? Make sure the both of you are similar in this regard or it can almost surely lead to conflict.
- D. Do you have similar interests? If one of you wants a high octane adventure such as sky-diving and theme parks while another simply wants to shop and do nothing else. Yeah, a conflict will arise.
2. You Can Split Up
If you find yourself in a situation where you suddenly realize that you can’t do what you want to do with your friends, split up. Travelling together doesn’t mean you will have to spend every moment together. It’s probably wise for you guys to split up and have a great time on your own rather than forcing one another to into activities and be miserable. And, sometimes a little time spent apart can be actually better for your friendship rather than just following everyone else’s adventures.
3. It’s OK to Compromise
Chill and go with the flow. Compromise is possibly the most important factor doing a trip with a group of friends. You can choose to split up and do your own thing sometimes or you can choose to go with the flow and do whatever your buddies suggest other times. After all, it is nice to do stuff with your friends, is it not? So if it there is an activity that you don’t absolutely hate or haven’t tried before, perhaps have an open mind and compromise to try to have a good time. You are travelling to spend time with one another and if you guys just end up splitting up every day, there is no point in travelling together.
Ok, maybe you detest taking selfies 24/7. Your friend loves it and makes stops every 30 seconds to document absolutely everything that you walk by while you wait in sheer agony feeling the minutes of your vacation tick away. To avoid these situations, set expectations before you travel so that you both know what to expect. Lay out all your plans before every trip so you know what to expect from each other beforehand. Do try to keep an open mind and empathize with one another and understand that you have divergent interests and desires.
5. Take The Lead
Ultimately, you are responsible for your own fun and happiness. If there is something that you really want to do during your holiday, don’t be afraid to do it. Go ahead and turn it into a group activity. Sometimes, groups may mill around and be unsure of what to do. If this happens, don’t be afraid to take charge and suggest something to do. Take the initiative and you might be able to make it a day to remember for everyone.
6. Pool your resources
When travelling in a group, it can be nigh on impossible task to split the cost of everything all the time. So when the time arises to book hotels, plane tickets, transport and other costs, this usually ends with one person paying in advance and everyone promising to transfer the money to the person who put up the cash. When overseas, this can become problematic and its, therefore, a good idea to pool your money into a communal purse. Since everyone pitches in equally, trip expenses can be paid out of the communal purse and can be helpful for times such as buying tickets for a show or theme park, paying at a restaurant and hotel fees since the tab can be paid by the appointed finance manager. Tip: There are apps that can help you with this.
7. Respect the travel buddy
One thing to keep in mind when travelling with a friend is to be aware of the financial perspective of each other. Say if someone likes to check out fine dining restaurants while another insists on being thrifty with food, things can and will get ugly and it may end up with unnecessary awkwardness. Talk beforehand about the money issue and check if everyone is on the same page. Don’t be afraid to speak out about spending habits and come to a compromise.
Travel companions forever!
There is a reason why people travel in groups: although the logistics might get more complicated, a trip with friends always turns out to be epic. Just imagine that adventures and crazy memories you will have. So, now that you know all about travelling with groups, go ahead and call the fam to book your next getaway.
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