Traveling with friends can be exiting but sometimes it can drive you nuts. I've had my fair share of traveling with different groups of friends in my lifetime.
Each and every one of those trips, I've learn something new about traveling with friends that allowed me to be calm and not get frustrated and wanting to strangle them!
1) Go with the right people
First and foremost, you got to pick the right friends to go with. It's as simple as that. If you can't handle spending a full day with them back home, don't go a full week to Mexico with them.
I found it wasn't so much the destination you're at but it was the people you go with that makes or break the trip. I've been to the Caribbean a few times and had one of my best trips there but also had one of my worst trip. Surprisingly, the worst trip had a better beach and hotel than the other.
Be selective of who you go with.
2) Know what everybody wants to do
What kind of activities does every in the group wants to do? Is it to go party till 5 am in the morning or to wake up at 5 am to catch the tour guide bus?
Whatever it may be, make sure everyone is on the same page. Do you think you can compromise? If not, it may be best to go separately.
3) Be clear on how you're paying for things
How do you want to split the taxi or restaurants bills? Taxi and restaurants are easy to split as you would just divide it by the amount of people in the group but with tips, you may have different ideas about how to tip.
Who's cool with putting hotel deposit on their credit card and being paid back later? What is the hotel price range for each night?
These are some important questions to ask and get cleared on before going.
4) Have some alone time
One long weekend, I shared a room with 4 other people. We were definitely getting on each other nerves by the second day.
Being an introvert, I needed my personal space. What I found that helped the most was just exploring the city by myself for a bit. Coming back to the room, I was joyful, energized, and happy to see them again.
We all needed our space. Even if you're not sharing a room, it's best to take some time off from each other. Go for a 10 minute walk alone outside or even just sit at the lobby by yourself.
Communication is always the key with relationships. Whether that be with a significant other, friends, or family member.
Going back to my second and third point, you got to be clear with what you want out of the trip and also listen to others on what they are looking for.
Express nicely if something is bothering you but also listen (and I mean really listen) with what others are being bother by.
"In life, it's not where you go – It's who you travel with" - Charles Schulz, Peanuts
What is one thing you learned while traveling with a friend or a group of friends that made everything much more enjoyable? Comment below! Or check me out at www.duysnextstop.com
Published by Duy Dang