Vacationing with friends is a great way to strengthen bonds, diversify your experiences and even save some money.
Traveling with friends can open up new doors to your relationship, but no matter how close you are with someone, there are several factors to consider when traveling with them and it’s best to cover those bases beforehand.
Establish Monetary Structure
Money is a sensitive issue for many of us. We all have different incomes and value different things, which all come into play when traveling with friends.
The best way to approach this is to make expectations clear from the get-go. Some situations to explore:
- Keep Receipts: If you want to split everything 50-50, you might want to have a spreadsheet. Calculate all the costs – tips, gas, dinner bills, groceries, deposits, etc. – keep the receipts and tally up all the expenses. After the trip, add up who paid what and figure out the difference that way.
- Figure Unequal Benefits: If there are different size rooms, determine who will get the bigger room. If that means they take on a bigger part of the bill, make sure that’s clear up front.
- Consider who will put up their credit card for deposits.
If you’re using a Vacation Quest condo, splitting a two-bedroom Vacation Week between two parties can save a lot of money, which might make the money situation better for everyone involved. Regardless, it’s good to talk about what each of you can and are willing to afford and set your travel budget accordingly.
When you iron out the financial details early, the rest of your trip will be much less stressful.
Delegate the Responsibilities
Traveling usually comes with its fair share of tasks, and the more people there are, the easier it is to share those responsibilities. Just make sure everyone is OK with how that weight is distributed. Such as:
- Taking the trash out.
- Packing certain supplies (food ingredients, medication, supplies).
- Shopping for and cooking meals.
- Reserving cars, plan tickets, etc.
- Planning the day’s events.
If you’re bringing a friend along while using the benefits of your membership, hey, you’ve got the right to ask for a little assistance somewhere along the way.
Embrace Each Other’s Interests
We’re each wired differently and that’s a good thing if you embrace it. When you’re traveling with another party, you’re living in each other’s gravity, so your decisions and preferences heavily affect one another.
But this can be a time for discovery, revealed only by different perspectives.
- Make a broad outline of the must-dos. Most destinations have a staple attraction – something anyone visiting will want to see. Sketch out the ones everyone will want to visit and plan those out.
- Don’t shy away from serendipity. While you have some standard to-dos, there are times on vacation when you’ll see something appealing that wasn’t on the original itinerary. If your friend wants to make an impromptu stop at a novelty rock shop or a random craft festival, why not go along for the ride? Worst case scenario, you put yourself in a new situation and become more well-rounded for the experience. The important thing is to embrace it!
- It’s OK to separate. We vacation for different reasons. Some of us want to relax, some want to go-go-go. I’ve been on both sides of this and, as frustrating as it can be when you’re dealing with someone with opposite intentions, separating for a bit can be good for everyone. It’s not a big deal if you want to stay behind or keep going – just vacation at your own pace.
Traveling with friends can be a lot of fun and show you new dimensions to traveling – just make sure to establish some of the ground rules early to keep a healthy relationship. Now go ask a friend if they’re ready for a road trip! And if they want to become a member afterward, you can both earn rewards for referrals!
Do you travel with friends? Tell how you do it in the comments below.