I know these days solo travel is very much praised. Though I do love having time alone from time to time, I still think travelling with a company or two is best. Most of my trips are with friends and from these experiences, I know how to have fun in these trips and how to avoid unpleasant situations.
Keep Your Circle Small
I am a person who loves company, but not too much. I like having my trip with friends that know me best. So I tend to go with 1-3 friends when I travel and never more. I think keeping my circle small helps me to have a better trip. Big group trips really frustrate me because you have so many people who wants different things and at the end sometimes we have to give up what we want to do simply because the rest don’t want to do it. And that sucks!
Having fewer friends when travelling makes everything 10x easier. Just think, it’s easier to book an accommodation, you don’t have to keep checking who is missing in the group, you don’t have to fight over what to eat every meal time…and do I even need to say more?
No you don’t want to travel with a friend who like completely different things from you. In the real world, opposite might attract but when it comes to travelling, it will only do your head in. Seriously, it is annoying when you want to go to the museum while you friend wants to go shopping (fyi, you hate shopping). It is especially irritating when you only have a few precious days for your trip and you want to maximize your time there doing things that you actually like.
This is why it’s important to go on trips with friends who like the same things at you. I can’t even tell you how much this will make your trip a lot better. You will be much happier spending time enjoying your trip rather than arguing where to go and finally grumbling when the decision doesn’t favour you. So pick you travel friends wisely!
Talk to Each Other
OK so you’ve found the perfect circle of friends to go on a trip. Don’t forget that you are still different individuals and so it is perfectly normal to have one or two glitches. I think communication is important at this stage. I had occasions when I didn’t want to go to see something my friend wanted to see, so when this happen we agreed that we would go our separate way and reunite later on. And this is perfectly fine! It doesn’t mean that you hate each other, it means that you respect each other’s decision (and isn’t that what adults do?).
Enjoy the Moment
Taking pictures is ok, it’s a great way to preserve your moment, but don’t spend time taking endless selfies. Your trip will only be memorable if you actually stop, look around, and BE in the moment. Grab an ice cream, have a picnic, enjoy a sandwich, or just sit still. Enjoy this moment, be thankful that you are spending it with your friend/s. Be grateful that you are here.
Don’t Be Selfish
Even though you don’t have to do things you don’t want to do, it also helps if you are not selfish. I mean, nobody likes a selfish person and I think one of the reasons why I like going on trips with friends is that it helps me to understand what other people want. I have done some pretty selfish things like dragging my friends to do things that they don’t particularly enjoy but looking back at the experience, I completely regret it. Compromising is just one of the things you have to do on a group trip. You don’t always get what you want, but I think it’s fine if it means we learn to be a better person. At the end of the day, you want a trip where everyone is happy, so learn to compromise, find an alternative way that works for everyone.
Hangry is real you guys! Don’t forget to eat well in your trip. Trying out new food is a great way to bond with your friend plus it is also a great way to connect with the culture where you are. Most of the trips I went with my friends, I always remember the tasty food we had, especially when it’s the speciality of that place. You’ll be talking about it for years to come, I’m sure of it!
Write in Your Journal
I like writing the things I did on my travel on my journal. I try to do it everyday on my trip but sometimes I get too exhausted so I write a late entry when I get home. If you don’t have a pen and a notebook, or don’t like the idea of carrying them around, your phone is also a great tool. It doesn’t have to be a long entry, but just the things that you saw and did. Pictures can help you to remember, but often we forget the story behind the picture and this is why writing helps. The little mischievous things you did with your friends and the many details of your trip cannot be captured by a picture, so capture it with your own words.
And finally have fun! I think when you are with a group of like-minded friends, things will go more smoothly that you imagine. So enjoy your trip and have some fun with your friends!
What’s your ultimate tips for travelling with friends?
This week’s theme: Trip With Friends