Traveling with friends or loved ones can be a great experience, but there is something to be said about solo travel. Whether you want to “find yourself” or simply go to a destination yet have no one to go with, it’s always a great idea to go on a solo trip at least once in your life.
A trip with friends can be an unforgettable experience. Sometimes, it can lead to disrupted friendships. To avoid a friendship disaster while traveling and get the most out of your trip together, take a look at these 5 tips below:
Look for flight deals together
While you may be unable to all travel together, if you can, it can be a lot of fun and make it easy to get from the airport to your lodgings, splitting costs upon arrival. Whether you’re looking for New Orleans flight deals or hoping to find cheap tickets to another country, when you book flights with your friends, it can be a lot more fun than traveling to the destination alone and helps to make the whole trip that much easier. If you’re road tripping together instead of flying, make sure you all invest in short term car insurance.
Work out lodging together
It’s important that everyone is on board with the lodging you choose. You don’t want to pick a place and find that your travel partners don’t like it or the rooming arrangements don’t work well for the type of group you’re traveling with. It’s also a good idea to discuss rooms and beds before you arrive, so there’s no disagreement about it upon arrival. Look around for something that could make everyone happy.
Split money on an app
When traveling with friends, you’ll find that there could be disagreements about money. Or, one person may end up with the expense of a night out, to make it easier to pay, only to discover that at the end of the trip, they spent much more than everyone else on activities or food everyone had together. To avoid these kinds of misunderstandings, that can be detrimental for your friendships, use an app that shows you how to split expenses which ensures every traveling buddy pitches in for various travel/trip expenses.
Try new things together
Stay open to trying new things that your friends will want to try while on your vacation together. While certain activities may not be your cup of tea, you can still have a blast doing unique activities, even if it’s not your preference. After all, you’re traveling with your friends for company and sometimes that means doing various tours or visiting restaurants you’re not crazy about. Who knows? You may end up loving something you never imagined trying before. Also be open to spending time alone here and there on your trip.
If you’re used to traveling a specific way and doing things the way you like, you’ll find that trying to control a trip with friends can be a great way to say goodbye to your friendship. Make compromises on your trip. You may need to do some things that your friends prefer doing, or visit attractions or landmarks with locals—places you may have already seen in a city.
Try to have the perspective of excitement at seeing your friend experience it for the first time. When you all give and take on your trip, it allows you to be able to enjoy new things together while also helping your friendship grow stronger, thanks to everyone’s flexibility with travel plans.
You have a good friendship and you think that going on a trip with your friend will be amazing. It could be. However, it’s always good to clarify expectations and plan ahead when traveling with friends, especially if it’s a larger group of people. Making sure that everything from expenses to events and activities are talked about ensures that you all have a great time together.