Traveling together is one of the best ways to strengthen a friendship and create memories that you’ll look back on fondly for the rest of your life. It’s also a great way to cause a rift that may ruin your bond forever. Make these tips your roadmap for vacationing with friends, or risk coming back as mortal enemies.
Mistake #1: Not Talking About Your Budget Before You Book
Working with similar budgets for your trip might be the most important part of a successful vacation with friends. If you only want to stay in nice hotels but your buddies can only afford hostels, you need to plan different trips. Figure out what everyone is comfortable with spending (making sure to include transportation, accommodations, food, activities, etc.) before booking a trip together.
Mistake #2: Disagreeing on the Importance of Time vs. Money
Your attitude towards costs vs. hassles is another difference maker. If you want to spend your money on cabs rather than public transportation to save time, but your friend would rather save money, you’re going to have fundamental differences that could cause big conflicts on the trip.
Mistake #3: Being Inflexible on Dining
Are you a devout carnivore traveling with a vegan? Or are you determined to hit every pastry shop in Paris, but your friend is gluten-free? Compromise is key here. Is it really going to ruin your experience to find a restaurant that has something both of you will be happy with? If so, maybe you’re better off traveling with people whose tastes more closely align with yours.
Mistake #4: Spending Every Second Together
Everybody needs a little alone time now and then. Remember that you don’t have to spend every minute of the trip with the people you came with. If there are different things you want to see, split up for a few hours. When you meet back up after, you’ll have plenty of new things to talk about.
Mistake #5: Being Rude
Lack of sleep and unfamiliar environments can make even the nicest people cranky. Just make sure that you’re not taking your bad mood out on your friends. Snapping at your friends might feel good in the moment, but it can easily lead to drama and put everyone else in a bad mood, too.
Mistake #6: Not Compromising
Not every moment of every trip can be 100 percent about you. Be sure to do what your friends want every once in a while, even if it’s not your first choice for the day.
Mistake #7: Bailing Out at the Last Minute
Once things start getting booked, it’s really going to mess up your group’s plans if you flake out at the last minute. It will probably increase the costs for everyone else, too.
Mistake #8: Spending More Time with Your Phone than Your Friends
Don’t spend all your time buried in your phone whenever there’s free Wi-Fi. Make an effort to put your phone away during meals and join in conversations with the people you came with instead. After all, isn’t that the whole reason you went away together, for some quality time and fun with each other in real life?