Things I Should Think About When Traveling with Friends

Categories:Guest Post | Travel

Taking off on a trip with a friend has the potential to be a great adventure — or a complete disaster.

The adventure part comes because you’ll have someone to share the sights with, but the disaster portion may arise if you can’t agree on how to spend your time and what sights to see. Sure, everybody loves a vacation, but not everyone travels the same way.

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Before pack your bags, buy your tickets and set sail, it’s important that together you consider, discuss and agree upon not only the destination, but also what both of your travel styles are.

Here are five important aspects of the trip to keep in mind when making travel plans with friends:

1. Creatures of Habit

People love their routines. It is what makes people feel secure and comfortable, even if they’re in a foreign country.

For instance, a morning person isn’t going to become a night owl just because they are in another time zone. Similarly, an active person isn’t going to necessarily slow down when they are on vacation.

It’s extremely important to consider each others’ routines before booking an excursion together. Plotting your itinerary with consistently conflicting routines can result in frustration — and ultimately, a very non-relaxing vacation.

2. Money Matters

Saving up for any vacation is a big part of the planning process. The affordability of a vacation —  from plane tickets to accommodation fees, along with meals and attractions — dictates how the trip will unfold.

When traveling with a friend, knowing what each others’ budget looks like will help establish a common understanding of what can be expected on the trip. You’ll be able to pick places to stay, food and transportation accordingly.

Feeling pinched in the wallet — or running out of money on a trip — is a surefire way to create disagreements and resentments with your traveling companion.

Settle on a budget that’s workable for both parties ahead of time, and then stick to it!

3. Decision Makers

Many decisions need to be made when scheduling a vacation, but the decisions don’t end there. Once on the road, the decisions only continue and usually increase.

Make sure to share the decision-making load and allow each other to be heard.

To do this effectively, play to each others’ strengths. If someone is good with maps and navigation, for example, let them direct the other person who drives the rental car (but make sure they are able to follow the rules of the road). Understanding that there are many different variations of driving etiquette can help you and your friend’s out along the way, mainly so that you don’t run into unnecessary issues that could have been avoided!

It can be a lot of work to keep the communication lines open, but if you’re both committed to respectfully and openly expressing your preferences, you can be successful.

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5. Divide and Conquer

It’s nice to have a partner when traveling. You’ll probably feel safer when you’re trying to maneuver through a foreign place. You also won’t eat alone, and you’ll share some incredible sights.

However, keep in mind that the pair of you don’t need to do every last activity or see every single sight together.

One traveler may be keen on art galleries, while the other wants to see a sporting event. Going solo on some excursions is possible and even positive for the individuals in the pair. There is nothing wrong with launching out on your own for sections of the trip. It will help you cultivate your own experience as well as appreciate the time you spend with your traveling companion.   

5. Show Gratitude

Remember to show your gratitude for your traveling companion. A simple “thank you” goes a long way. Acknowledge their contributions to trip planning, navigating and other elements. It will boost the positive relationship between the pair of you, as well as make you feel better, too.

Keep Your Friendship Intact When Traveling

Traveling is a wonderful way to get a fresh perspective on your life, your relationships and the world around you. If you’re hitting the open road with a traveling companion, the time spent together will open your eyes to them and your connection — but many a vacation with friends has ended poorly.

To avoid this, it’s important to discuss each others’ expectations and hopes for a trip. Don’t wait until you’re away from home and in the thick of things to try to establish an understanding. You want to be able to return home with great new memories and your friendship intact.

About the author: Kacey Mya Bradley is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.”  Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her.  Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Follow Kacey on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.


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