At its best, travelling with friends, a best pal or a small group enriches the shared life experiences and the compatibility that brought you together in the first place. Whether it’s an organised tour or your own planning with an agreed-upon itinerary, it’s an exciting experience to embark on together.
But living together 24/7, even in the short term, can reveal surprises and stresses not evident in day-to-day interactions with your nearest and dearest. The following are some tips to help set expectations and ensure your holiday is indeed the wonderful memory your friendship deserves.
Because we know the devil’s in the details …
Some of us can’t pass up a shop; for others, it’s simply not as important as soaking up the experience. Know before you go which side of the ledger you and your pal fall on so you can adjust the expectations accordingly.
Maybe you linger at the museum exhibits while your pal/s explore the market.
Some of the best experiences I’ve had travelling with friends is to meet their friends along the way. If you’re lucky, you’ll come away with a new friend yourself, but even if it’s just a passing afternoon it will be one of the sweetest memories of the trip, I promise.
I feel so very lucky to have had the privilege of deepening my friendships through travel. Friends who endured my tics with humor, patience, and grace. I hope I returned the favour in some way.
This is certainly not an exhaustive list. What are your experiences and the lessons you’ve learned through travelling with friends? Please add in the comments below!
Jane Trombley is founder of 3 Score & More, a blog launched to inspire travel and discovery among curious women 60+. As part of the ‘three score and more’ demographic, she is no stranger to life’s reset button. After careers in advertising, communication, and a very rewarding stint in adventure travel, she is following her heart and encouraging others to do the same. Jane is based in the Hudson Valley, New York, USA.