Recently, I’ve been traveling quite a bit with friends (see: The Berkshires, San Diego, Spain), which is the best kind of travel! That being said, traveling can be stressful on a relationship unless you follow these tips for traveling with friends.
- Communicate, communicate, communicate. When you’re traveling with friends especially for the first time, it’s important to know each others travel preferences ahead of time: Can you spend all day at a museum or is that akin to torture? How early can (or will) you wake up to catch a train? Do you prefer staying in Airbnb rentals or do you need only the best luxury hotels? Sharing these preferences up front helps ensure every person will have her needs and wants met.
- Be honest about your a budget. Everyone’s finances are different. What I consider to be expensive might not cause my companion to blink and vice versa. Especially when it comes to lodging and food costs, set price limits early on and stick to them.
- Keep track of shared expenses using Splitwise. Depending on where you’re traveling and how big your group is, splitting costs across credit cards isn’t always possible. The Splitwise app makes it really easy to input costs throughout your trip. Since it integrates with both Paypal and Venmo, settling up is super easy once you’re home.
- Delegate planning tasks according to strengths. Who in the group is the most detail-oriented? That’s the person who should coordinate travel, make hotel reservations, and so forth. Who in the group is tapped into what’s cool? That’s the person who should suggest activities, restaurants, and other outings. Spreading out responsibilities ensures that no one feels like they’re doing all of the work.
- Be flexible. As the Rolling Stones sing, you can’t always get what you want. In the planning phases and on you trip, you’ll inevitably need to make a few compromises along the way. Regardless of how you end up spending your time, you’re there to build new memories and deepen your friendship. That’s what’s most important.