When you travel, you learn a lot about yourself. The same is true when you travel with a friend.
You may come to discover that you both have more in common with one another than you originally thought. Maybe you are both devoted bookworms whose idea of relaxing is curling up with a good book and reading in silence. Or, maybe you learn that your friend enjoys sleeping late and taking hour-long showers, eating into their morning routine.
While some discoveries may strengthen your friendship, these seemingly trivial annoyances – like spending an hour in the shower – can add up, often leading to pent-up frustration.
Just like many warn against living with a close friend, you may have heard horror stories of friends growing apart after returning from a trip. Don’t let this happen to you. You should be able to explore the world with your best friend by your side without having to have any sort of altercation.
Follow these best practices for traveling with a friend to ensure that you make positive memories instead of negatives ones:
Talk money before the trip.
Planning for a trip is one of the most exciting parts of traveling. As you search for things to do, it’s impossible not to become more excited for the trip, even if it’s months away. This excitement often prevents friends from talking about money, since those conversations tend to cast a shadow on the trip.
However, you don’t want to be stuck trying to make things fair once you return home. For example, figure out all Airbnb costs ahead of time. If one room is bigger than the other, it may not be fair to have both people split the cost evenly. But this should be agreed upon before returning home, rather than something you surprise your friend with at the end of the trip.
Figure out each person’s main reason for traveling.
It’s fun to be spontaneous once you arrive at your destination, but try to plan out some sort of itinerary before you leave. This will help to create a traveling schedule that works for each of you. You may want to spend most of your trip hiking the terrain, but your friend may just want to relax back at the hotel. If not talked about in advance, this can cause some serious implications while you are in the midst of your getaway.
Divvy out responsibilities equally.
No one wants to be responsible for planning the entire trip. Write down all of the major tasks that need to be completed at the onset – like booking a plane ticket or booking an Airbnb rental – and divide them up equally between the two of you.