There’s nothing like traveling to cement a healthy relationship. Wandering with friends sounds exciting and a lot of fun! Unlike family members, we get along perfectly well with our chums. However, vacation with buddies can prove to be a litmus trial of your friendship. Traveling itself is a daunting task, and even stressful in some scenarios, everyone reacts differently to it. And, those differences may sometimes lead to disagreements with friends or a falling out completely in the worst case.
Here are a few things to ensure you’ll come back with your friendship intact, or stronger:
- Money comes first
Many global studies and stats show that monetary issues are one of the top three reasons for divorces! Got perplexed and thinking what these figures have to do with traveling with buddies? Yes, there is a link, in the sense that if finances can separate couples, those who promised to live together for the rest of their life, then what you expect from your pals. Therefore, don’t let your friendship fall prey of this, talk about money well ahead of boarding the plane. If your friend’s vacation budget is lower than you, then there always a hitch and consciousness in his mind about this, and same goes if you are on the opposite side of the fencing.
Sit together over a cup of coffee to plan a spending budget, discuss key things for which you need to spend the money such as flight tickets, and accommodation. One of you may want to spend more on food, and less on shopping, while another one is a shopper hoarder, but not a foodie by nature. Just keep in mind, that things can turn ugly really fast, therefore, talk about the finances. Cut out those things which aren’t essential if you are on a constrained budget. Bring your Smartphone to play and surf the internet- apply the offer coupons to get best travel discount deals, and make every penny count.
- Finalize on things to do
Wanting to spend a vacation in a tourist destination which has been mutually voted with friends doesn’t mean you’ll want to do the same things! Isn’t that right? If you’re at a beach resort, you might love to spend the day sitting by the beachside reading Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, but your friend may have other plans to go snorkeling. He wants to tag along, but you won’t, and this might be a cause of bitterness in your friendship after the trip.
- Share the responsibilities
Firstly, nominate, who’s going to lead the group, because he is the guy, who will look after the fundamental things of the trip such as the passports, finance, room keys, and return tickets. And, then segregate the responsibilities, like one can take charge of booking the hotel rooms and flight tickets, and doing research on local culture and attractions can be your slice of bread!
Normally, when we’re together with friends for a short period of time in college, or any other buddy secret spot, we tend to overlook the weird behavior of our friends, because we are not sharing a bed with them. However, such long handle from our side endeavors them to use us more. If you have such flocks in your group, then make sure he or she knows what you dislike about them well before the day of the trip.