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    Tips For Travelling With Friends

    Travel is a great way to create lasting memories with the people in your life who mean the most to you. Experiencing new adventures together strengthens bonds, teaches you how to communicate and of course provides plenty of best-friend photo opportunities. However,  even the most rock-solid friendships could face a bit of strain while travelling. So in the interest of peace and harmony- I’ve compiled a list of tips to help you keep your sanity intact the next time you’re travelling with one or more companions.

    Manage Your Expectations

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    Before you put down the cash for your plane ticket, made sure you’ve sat down with your travel companions and discussed a general vision for the trip. Collaborate when you create your itinerary, and discuss what you’re all trying to get out of this vacation. Be as upfront as possible when you establish what your absolute must-dos priorities are and realise that you may have to compromise on a few things. If your expectations are aligned from the get-go, this will minimize a lot of conflict during your trip.

    Share The Responsibility

    Don’t be a control freak. Nothing mounts tension faster than someone feeling like they are being bossed around by someone else. Don’t try and take over all the aspects of the trip, allow your friends the opportunity to play to their own strengths. For instance, if your friend is a foodie, let her plan out a restaurant itinerary, or the self-catered meals for the week. Collaboration and communication is key.

     Keep Communicating

    Share Trip Planning Duties

    As amazing as it is, travel  can sometimes be really stressful. You need to be able to communicate your concerns and stresses clearly with each other, without becoming sensitive or defensive. Before picking a buddy to go on vacation with, make sure you are both aware of each other’s communication styles. Not communicating openly or misunderstanding each other will lead to tension and grudges, and will make for a very unpleasant holiday indeed.

    Give Each Other Space

    A few hours apart every few days will help you not get sick of each other, and will give you time to do a few things that your travel-buddy might not be interested in. For example, if there’s a very specific art museum that you’re dying to see, and your co-pilot would rather spend the day on the beach- take an hour or two of solo time to check it off your list. Just make sure you have whatever you need to be able to get in contact again.

    Don’t Beat Around The Budget Travel Jar

    When planning your trip, it’s not unusual to find discussing finances a little uncomfortable at first. However, when it comes to the financial effort you’ll be putting into your vacation, being coy about money really doesn’t serve a purpose. Be honest with your friends about what you can and can’t afford, and don’t bend your budget if it makes you feel uncomfortable.

    Take Care Of Yourself And Each Other

    Nobody is fun to be around when they’re tired and hungry. Simple things like getting enough sleep, drinking enough water and making sure you’re eating properly are really important when you are travelling. How you feel physically affects your mood, and your mood does affect other people. So, for the good of the group, make sure you are taking good care of yourself.

    I hope these tips will help you have the best group vacation ever. Remember that communication is key, and don’t hesitate to call Getaway Tomorrow for all your group travel needs.

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