If you’re about to go on your first vacation with friends, you’re in for the time of your life. You can go sightseeing, sample the nightlife and relax in some of the most beautiful places you’ve ever seen. Sharing these experiences with others can make a trip even more unforgettable. But while it can be extremely enjoyable, it can also push your friendship to the limit too. Spending so much time together can show you a different side to your friends and vice versa. This can lead to disagreements, tears and even end your friendship for good. Luckily, there are things you can do before you leave to help your friendships survive.
Create an itinerary
Not knowing what you want to do when you arrive at your destination can result in a lot of time wasting. This can lead to arguments and frustration between you and your friends. The best way to avoid this is by planning an itinerary before you arrive. Do some research on the places you are visiting during your vacation with your friends. Create a list of potential activities you can try and use this to fill up each day of your trip.
If you’re struggling to create an itinerary by yourselves, consider group tours instead. Group tour providers have pre-prepared itineraries you can choose from depending on your interests. This structure can save time and ensures you all experience as much as possible.
Always pack lightly
Packing lighting is a recommended for all kinds of travelers. But it also applies when traveling with your friends. While you might want to take your entire wardrobe with you on vacation, remember that space will be limited. Particularly if you are traveling in a large group. Having too much stuff can take up valuable room in your accommodation and when traveling by car or bus. This can make you and your friends feel uncomfortable and claustrophobic, which can lead to tension. So talk amongst your friends beforehand and decide how much luggage you realistically need. To avoid duplicates and additional weight, also determine who is bringing what. For instance, there is no need for you all to pack a hairdryer if someone has already offered to bring one.
Have some alone time
While you love spending time with your friends, being in their company 24/7 can become overwhelming. So give yourself time to be alone each day and encourage your friends to do the same. You can sit and read a book on the beach or have a quiet drink in the hotel bar. You could even go sightseeing and explore the local area. Having just one or two hours by yourself can make a world of difference to both you and your friends. You’re less likely to get on each others nerves, and you can continue enjoying your time together rather than beginning to hate it.
The key to surviving a vacation with friends is by setting realistic expectations early on. This will ensure you have a straightforward trip that is filled with joy and laughter rather than tears and despair. So invite your friends over for a pre-vacation discussion to ensure you are all on the same page beforehand.