Making memories and travelling with those close to you is a wonderful way to see the world. I’ve travelled with friends and with family and have definitely found travelling with friends to be the harder option. Travelling in a group does have its benefits though, there are more people to take pictures, you can split the costs, and you can encourage each other to step out of your comfort zone. But sometimes tensions can build and you don’t want to find yourselves no longer friends at the end of the trip. Here are a few tips you should bare in mind.
Whether you want to go to a luxurious destination with great city life, sunshine, and a beach or a hostel in the snow your accommodation preferences may not mirror those of your companions. Communication is key, each write down what you want from the holiday and try to meet at least a few of everyone’s requirements. A pool, en-suite, central and a minimum of three stars, now you’re all on the same page.
Don’t be tricked into thinking the more people you invite, the cheaper your accommodation will be. The truth is, whether you stay in a hostel, Airbnb or hotel, a large group means you’ll need more bedrooms and bathrooms to make everyone comfortable. Too few bathrooms and someone paying to sleep on a sofa can get very ugly, very quickly. Try to limit your numbers, research Interhome or Airbnb for a nice holiday home or villa with enough bathrooms and a proper bed for everyone. People need space, and spending 24/7 with your friends and also going home to share a room with them may cause you to begin finding fault with everything they do. Be sure to have your own rooms, a space to escape and have some alone time.
Safety in numbers?
When travelling somewhere unfamiliar, it makes sense to err on the side of caution, particularly when going out at night. By going on a group holiday you’re probably already planning on doing any activities as a group. However you may all have different opinions on the sites that you each want to see. Don’t be afraid to raise your hand and put yourself first. If you don’t want to do something and would rather do something else then go solo. Be smart, stay safe but don’t be afraid to put yourself first, after all you’ve paid for this holiday too. At the end of the day when you meet back up you’ll each have different stories to tell.
A non-stop party?
When you’re in a group you’re never too far from a party. This is great if you’re naturally social, but it can be a nightmare if you’re craving some alone time. Don’t be afraid to excuse yourself if you want a bit of peace; it’s better than pretending to be enjoying the situation and feeling resentful. If your friends are really your friends then they’ll understand.
Remember what you’ve borrowed
If you’ve run out of sun cream, or you want to borrow that dress your friend brought with them remember to return it. Don’t be that person who comes on holiday with no luggage but then steals everyone elses toiletries and accessories. It’s annoying. If you need to borrow something always ask, 9 times out of 10 it will be fine with the person that owns it, but it’s polite to check anyway.
My first holiday with friends was to Lanzarote, fresh from having completed my GCSE’s. We went in a small group of three, stayed in a hotel room together and had an amazing time. I wish I had photos to insert here, but they were lost on my old computer before the days of fabulous phone storage and The Cloud. Have you ever been abroad with friends? Let me know in the comments.