SUMMER IS A TRADITIONAL TIME OF HOLIDAYS AND TRAVEL. We have already told you what to do for those who want to go on vacation alone, and now we share tips for those who want to relax in the company. It doesn't matter if you are traveling with your best friend, a couple of buddies, or a large group of friends, these tips will make your vacation easier and more enjoyable.
Find out what you are looking forward to from your trip
Unfortunately, good friends do not always make good companions: even if you don’t like each other, it’s not a fact that traveling together will be comfortable for you. In stressful situations and in unfamiliar surroundings, people always open up in a new way, therefore, the choice of a travel companion should be approached especially carefully: it is better to go on a trip with a person whom you know well and with whom you have managed to be in different (including unpleasant) situations …
It is easiest and most enjoyable to travel with those with whom you agree in views and who share your interests. Therefore, before the trip, it is very important to talk about what you want from your vacation and how you are used to spending time on the road. Do you like typical "tourist" entertainment or do you like to explore little-known places? Do you like to shop abroad and how much time are you used to spending on it? Are you accustomed to walking a lot when traveling, and if so, can your friends be able to support you in this, or are they used to getting around by car or public transport? Discuss your daily routine: do you like to get up early and head out to explore the city, or do you prefer to sleep until noon and spend nights in bars? Having an open and honest conversation can help you identify mismatches in outlook on recreation and avoid many conflicts.
Think about the number of travel companions
Decide what kind of company you are going to go on vacation with. There is no universal recipe, and each situation has its pros and cons. For example, it is more convenient for two people to rent rooms than three people: three people in one room are often cramped, and taking a separate room for a third person is too expensive. If you do decide to travel as a three of you, it is very important that one of you does not feel like a "third odd": for example, try to alternate who travels separately from the rest on the bus.
Traveling with your best friend or girlfriend also has its drawbacks: if you have a serious fight, you will have to spend the rest of the trip alone. In this case, it may be easier to travel in a large company: you can split into smaller interest groups. If you do decide to go on vacation with a few friends, see if it won't be cheaper to rent an apartment or a villa for everyone than to rent several rooms. In museums and galleries, check for discounts for large groups - it is likely that you can take a tour for yourself and your friends for almost the price of a regular ticket.
If the main plus of traveling alone is freedom, then when traveling with friends you will definitely have to adjust to others and make certain concessions. You need to try to take into account the interests of everyone even at the planning stage: discuss how you want to spend your time, what is important for you to visit and what you want to see. Share with each other information about the place where you are going: this way it will be easier for you to plan a route, make a trip plan and not miss something interesting and important. Listen to others and do not hesitate to express your own wishes: it will be a shame if you put the time and energy into the trip, but you never see what you wanted.
To plan your trip more conveniently, you can create general task lists. In addition to all the well-known Google documents and tables, you can also use special services - for example, Trello.
Share the responsibilities
Surely, even at the planning stage, you will understand that some of you are better able to cope with certain tasks: someone is better at monitoring air tickets at a bargain price, someone has a good budget, and someone is able to find interesting and unusual attractions. Distribute responsibilities accordingly: this will make it much easier to organize your trip. Make sure that one person does not control everything without taking into account the interests of others - this, alas, happens very often, and the rest of the trip in such a situation feel disappointed.
Discuss the budget
Another important element of the trip that you need to discuss before you find yourself in another country is the budget. This conversation can be very awkward and unpleasant, but it is necessary: what is absolutely normal for you may seem to someone else as a luxury and overkill. And vice versa - if one of you is ready to live in a hostel and eat sandwiches from the nearest supermarket, it is not a fact that the rest will enthusiastically accept this idea.
Find out what and how much you are willing to spend, talk about accommodation and where you will eat - in local cafes, restaurants or cook yourself. Establishing rules and deciding where you can make concessions to each other will help you avoid many problems.
Divide expenses wisely
This tip is closely related to the previous one. You have to share some of the costs, and there are several ways to make your life easier. If possible, try not to postpone the calculations until later: it is better to figure out who owes whom, every couple of days, so that later it is painful not to remember who paid for the coffee and who paid for the entrance tickets to the museum. You can use special applications for calculating expenses, for example Splitwise, they allow you not to forget to whom and how much you owe.
If you are traveling in a large company, where it is inconvenient to carry out calculations from day to day, you can start a "piggy bank" for general needs - joint trips to cafes, museums and other things. If one of you consistently spends more, for example, orders more expensive cocktails or food, he may donate a slightly higher amount.
Think about luggage
No matter how great the temptation is to put all things in one bag, it is better if everyone travels with their own suitcase: firstly, neither you nor your friends have to carry everything on yourself, and secondly, you will not argue over how best to put things. When going on a trip, discuss what you can take for everyone so as not to carry, for example, several hair dryers.
Before the trip, agree on what kind of luggage you will take with you: if everyone is traveling with suitcases, then it is better to take a suitcase too, and if you want to be as mobile as possible, limit yourself to backpacks that you can take in your carry-on luggage, so you don't have to wait for each other at luggage belt at the airport and stumbling over bulky suitcases in a hotel room.
Be prepared to change plans
and make concessions
Traveling together involves compromises. But if you can't choose between two options, this does not necessarily mean that you need to look for a third, less fun, one that will suit everyone - you can take turns doing what is interesting to each of you. Try to be more open to new things: it is quite possible that you will like the museum that your friends want to visit, although you were not going to go there. And don't forget to thank your friends if they agree to do something that interests you.
No matter how carefully you plan your trip and no matter how interesting the route you come up with, the reality is always more complicated and less predictable. Expect your friends to get tired of a busy program and decide to do nothing all day - and remember that messing around is good too.
Take a break from each other
It is not necessary to make concessions to each other all the time.Even if you are traveling with your best friend, do not be afraid to split up sometimes to mind your own business and spend a few hours or a whole day on something that interests you personally. In large companies, this is even easier: you can split up into groups of twos or threes. This does not mean at all that your friendship is cracked - it just helps you to relax a little from each other (during the trip you can get tired even of your best friends), and besides, you will have something to discuss at dinner.
Speak if you don't like something
If something does not suit you, it is better to tell your friends about it directly, rather than accumulate resentment: an honest, open and respectful conversation will help solve many problems. Listen to yourself: for example, if you know that you get irritable when you get tired, tell your friends that you need to rest - they will surely go to meet you.
Be considerate of your friends and pay attention to their mood. In stressful situations, try to be careful not to tell your friends too much in the heat of emotions: lost luggage, a canceled flight, and even the worst trip are not worth destroying a good friendship.