One of the true tests of friendship is going on a trip together. There’s nothing like shared experiences to truly cement your friendship! It’s not all fun and games though – traveling can also take a toll on your relationship, especially when you throw in the reality of different personalities navigating a foreign destination. It can also get stressful and challenging, sometimes resulting in disagreements or even falling out.
Worried this can happen to you? Take note of these tips:
Set expectations with your group before you go ahead with your trip. This includes talking about your budget, deciding on an itinerary, and picking an accommodation. Going through your trip expectations and plans will eventually help you figure out what kind of trip you want. It will also help you determine which activities or interests you share with your friend.
It’s okay to be upfront with what you want in terms of the trip but be ready for the varying opinions and preferences. Find the middle ground so everyone stays happy. Maybe one of your friends prefers staying in and sleeping until midday? Use that time to do an activity that your friend won’t do otherwise. If there’s a specific activity that the whole group wants to participate in except for you, try to give it a shot anyway and join in!
Share the responsibility
Don’t take on everything on your own. One of the good things about traveling with friends is you get to share the responsibility of putting together a great trip. Take a look on your strengths or skills and split the tasks based on what you’re good at – maybe one of you is better at logistics, the other is more capable with maps, and you’re better at drafting an itinerary.
There will come a time when you will be faced with an argument. Don’t shy away from it, but don’t go aggressive either. When you’re together for a long time, a person’s little quirks will show through, and there’s no 100% guarantee that you’ll be on board with it. The best way to approach this is to stay open and be patient with your friends. If you really need to let it out, talk it through but be nice about it.
Carve some solo time
Traveling with friends doesn’t mean you have to be with each other all the time. Take a break and try to explore on your own!
Now that you have these in mind, here’s a list of carry-on essentials you should bring!
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