TLDR: Creating memories with your friends and family on vacation is a beautiful thing. I have had a few group trips and it has been memorable and that includes the good to the bad. If you are considering to travel with others keep the following in mind:
- There is more than 1 opinion
- Everyone has a different view on travel
- What are the vibes?
- What’s your personality type?
- Are you financially prepared?
For details, read below.
Previously, I have mentioned how I prefer solo trips, but it’s not to say I haven’t been on trips with family members and friends. I’ve had both good and bad moments, regardless of how it came out I learned quite a bit.
When it comes to travel + friends…
More than 1 opinion
I am not oppose to hearing other opinions. However, from my experience compromise may be required to settle two opposing views. Unlike a solo trip you have to adjust to other people’s wants and needs.
Different views on travel
- One of the biggest things I have learned is that everyone sees travels differently. You cannot assume how a person will be or may desire away from home. It is so important to be on the same page to avoid conflict.
- It’s important to discuss this:
- What are you trying to experience? Examples below.
- Chill or Party
- Climate: Hot or Cold
- City or Beach
- What describes you and your travel partner? Examples below.
- I have realized that your personality back at home can really make a difference on a trip. It is not to say that you will be 100% sure on how you will behave away from home. However, your personality will help determine how you will go about certain situations.
- Risk-taker or Follow the rules
- Clingy or Needs alone time
- Dependent or Independent
- Outspoken or Reserved
- Team player or Solo all the way
- Feel free to add onto the examples within the categories: Vibes or Behavior. Remember do not assume, communicate and be clear on your boundaries, desires etc.
- A big factor to travel is money, it doesn’t mean you need a lot, but enough to enjoy the trip. It is not ideal to cover expenses for someone else on your trip because you may have your own budget. There’s a saying that finances can end marriages, but I think it can also apply to friendships; therefore, prep before departure.
- 2 easy money tips:
- Carry an emergency credit card for any unexpected cost to not be a burden to your travel partner
- Download: Splitwise to split ANY cost with your family/friends. Leave your worries to Splitwise.
Do I have to travel with anyone and everyone?
My answer is quite simple…it’s a no for me, but it’s up to you. I use to feel so much pressure from others, but be honest with yourself and do what makes you happy.
My final thoughts…
Although, I may prefer solo travel, when you travel with people who are on the same page as you, the trip can be a lot of fun. It’s all about having a good time and being fair with whoever travels with you.