Traveling with friends can either strengthen the friendship or break it. There are a few things that we need to consider when deciding to travel with friends.
Number one is flexibility
Number two is patience
Number three are selflessness and compromise
When you consider these things then the friendship is about to flourish and strengthen than weakening. You would like to see your friends when the trip is over, right? Then take the above into consideration.
Flexibility: One has to be flexible when traveling with friends. You have to put into consideration the other person’s needs and likes. They might not want to get up early to go sightseeing with you. Or they might not want to have an afternoon coffee. The best thing is to be able to explain yourself from the beginning of the trip of what you like to do and what you dislike. It is a good idea to do a few things separate, that way you are not in each other’s face every day, night and day.
Patience: You have to be patient when you are traveling with friends. Patience is a virtue that not all of us have. By being patient, you let your friend catch up with you, on the things you want to do. It might be that he/she wants to take pictures of everything that he/she sees, while you want to get moving. That’s when your patience comes in handy. Let your friend take the pictures. As long as you are together your friend will catch up with you. At some point you might get irritable that your friend takes longer than you anticipate, but you have to remember, that no matter how long your friend takes he or she will catch up. You don’t have to become irritable or abrupt. Remember, that can ruin a perfect vacation with friends. And not only that, it can ruin the friendship.
Selflessness and compromise: When traveling with friends, we need to remember to put our egos and selfishness aside. If we are flexible and forget about ourselves for a change, then our vacation with friends will be something to remember by for years to come. The best advice that I can give someone traveling with friends is best to lay down the rules before you decide on the trip together. It’s best to let your friend know of the things that you would like to do and he/she can tell you of the things that he/she wants to do. Thus you end up compromising and being able to maybe do and see more things and places than you anticipated to begin with.
Most of all, you have to remember that the idea to travel with friends is to have fun with the people that you are close and feel comfortable with. A few things that irritate you or upset you, you will have to overlook them and enjoy the time that you are spending with a good friend and the memory that will last you a lifetime.