#TravelWith Series: Six Things You Have to Consider Before Traveling with Your Friends
Traveling with your friends is exciting— that's for sure! Imagine going on a getaway to relax and unwind with breathtaking views, delicious dishes, and perfect company. It’s amazing. It’s a dream. Only to find out that it actually isn’t. Because to be honest, traveling with your friends can be a real challenge to maintaining friendships. In reality, you have to consider a few things carefully before going on a trip with your friends and put your friendship to test because…
1. You’ll be living with your friends under the same roof
Do your friends' bedside manners freak you out? Can you tolerate how they take care of their laundry or take out toothpaste from the tube? Good news! You’re going to have to deal with all that if you’ll be sharing a hotel room or an apartment with them. It’s always fun to hang out with your friends. But it’s also different if you will literally have to live with them. If some of your rare sleepovers turn into horror stories, good luck when you have to do it for at least two consecutive nights. It's highly likely that you’ll learn at least one new thing about them during this course. But whether it would be a good or bad thing— it's for you to find out.
2. You’ll be with your friends 24/7 for X number of days
Speaking of living under the same roof, you’re also traveling together. So, that means that you’ll be with your friends 24/7 except for maybe what, bathroom breaks? You’ll see each other when you wake up in the morning and right before you go to sleep at night. God forbid if your friend will still make it as a special guest in your dreams! There's a tendency for you to get tired of seeing your friends’ face or hearing their voices all the freaking time. Depends on your tolerance level a.k.a. how clingy you can be.
3. You’ll have to deal with your friends in the mornings
Oh, the perks of living together— even for a short while. You’re doomed if you or your friend aren’t morning persons because mornings can be tough. What if you have an itinerary planned out early on but someone stops caring about the timeline and sleeps in halfway through the day? That can’t be good! I say bring coffee, so you or your friend goes back to being a human and stops being a sleeping monster.
4. You and your friends might get into it when things don’t go according to plan
Okay. This one’s serious. Sometimes, especially when everyone’s already tired in the group, petty discussions escalate into heated arguments. And we don’t want that. It’s a no-no. What if you’ve assigned tasks to everyone but someone forgets an essential part of the trip? For some reason, decision making while traveling could be quite stressful especially if they should be done at the last minute and involve a large group. There's a tendency that we act upon frustration and do the blame game instead of finding the solution to the problem.
5. You don’t have the same travel lifestyle with your friends
Coming from the same group of friends doesn't mean that it's impossible for you to have different lifestyles. So, before you even plan to travel, ask yourself: do you think you can work things out between budget, interests, and attitude? If the answer is yes— then great for you. But if you hesitate, then it's a sign for you to think about it carefully.
Sometimes, it’s not even about the interests. Are you afraid to try out something new or just a plain old killjoy who doesn’t want to go out of your comfort zone? It could get annoying when you’re having a great time, but someone’s dragging the group down. So, make sure that your friends are also pumped with adrenaline, so everybody’s happy making new awesome memories together!
6. You don’t get to agree on one decision
Disagreements may happen even before your trip. Because of your differences, sometimes, it’s hard to come up with a single decision. Itineraries can be very challenging to construct. Sometimes, even the number of your travel days sparks conflict already! During the travel, others may want to go separate ways for a few moments while others would vote for sticking together through thick and thin.
Traveling with friends, unlike going solo, can be both scary and exciting at the same time. It’s exhilarating because you’re expecting to live your best life with your best friends. What’s not to love about that? Isn’t it all rainbows and butterflies? But at the same time, it can also be scary. It is a risk that you should be willing to take. And I'm pretty sure that after raising some points above, it's going to be pretty hard not to think about it at all.
But even though I’ve constructed each item in this post as if traveling with friends is such a pain to even think about, I would still do it with my barkada in a heartbeat— even if what I've listed above could be just the tip of the iceberg. Because whether you travel alone, with your friends, colleague or family, there will always be pros and cons. Everything we do in life is a risk after all! And if you haven’t noticed yet, every possible clash or cons only boils down to one thing: differences. So, what do we need here?
I say it's just one word: Compromise. Big word, right? But that’s the truth, and that’s what we truly need. At the end of the day, you won’t even have to think about your friends snoring so loud that the adjacent room will complain so you can decide. What you need to contemplate on is if you are capable of compromising so that everyone can have a great time.
So, what do you say? Can you take the biggest challenge of them all?