Traveling With Friends

How many of you have travel with friend or family before? It can be great sharing a vacation with other people. It can help just having other people to be around and talk to when there isn’t as much going on. Another couple people to play games with when the sun goes down, if you’re staying in a place with not much nightlife. Yes traveling with friends and family is fun and rewarding. Even good things, however, can cave some downfalls.

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On a recent trip, my wife and I traveled with another couple to Hawaii. We had a great vacation and were happy to share “Paradise” with other people.  There were a few things we did learn about traveling with friends though. These are not what I would call huge issues but more like small things that would make a difference in how well you enjoy your vacation.

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  1. Spend the money for a second car.  There will be times when you want to do something different from the other couple.  Maybe you will want to take your significant other out for a romantic dinner or maybe you want to spend a day at the beach while the other couple wants to go hiking. Those are great times to have a second car.
  2. If you plan on sitting around at the pool the whole day, make sure you communicate that to the others and that they are on board with it. If you let them know this, they can make plans to do other stuff while you sit at the pool
  3. Make sure you let the others know what to expect when they get there. Everything from climate to how much everything will cost. You don’t want to spend a week with someone who has just freaked out about how expensive everything is and wants to save money on everything.
  4. Have a good time and keep an open head about things. Don’t get frustrated by all the little things. You are going on vacation to relax and have a good time, don’t let the small things ruin your vacation.

While we did have those times that the little annoyances got to us, we loved traveling with another couple. You don’t realize how nice it is to have another set of people to talk to or run ideas by.  The trip we took was to the Big Island of Hawaii, a place known to be in bed soon after the sunsets, so it was great being able to share a place we love with friends. Is there anything you have learned about traveling with friends or family? Please share what you learned in the comments to this post.

This July we will be traveling with friends again. This time we will be cruising, which is a perfect way to travel with friends. With so much to do aboard the ship, you can do as much or as little with them as you want. We will be taking part in the Cruise Family Reunion, a cruise organized by the cruise family, a group of cruise experts and writers that met on twitter.  The cruise family would love for you to join them on this exciting and sure to be the social cruise of the year. Visit the Cruise Family Reunion website for more details.

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3 thoughts on “Traveling With Friends

  1. I went on the Blake Shelton Cruise in Oct 2012 with a buddy of mine from work. We had a BLAST! No complaining, no nagging, no searching for bathrooms constantly. I’ve been married for 29 years to the same woman and LOVE going on cruises with her, but just going with “the guys”? Priceless! Scott Lara

  2. Nate I agree that communication is absolutely necessary. Your idea of vacation might be to sit out by the pool while your friends might want to go on an adventure. Sit and talk before the trip or at least when you arrive so there aren’t any hurt feelings.

  3. Janet Heaton @Jkheaton

    I agree with your points above Nathan! Luckily, I am a very easy going person and traveler. It might have something to do with growing up as the youngest of 10 children and we were always on the go! If I am just traveling with one friend, I always tell them not to feel like we need to be together 24/7. I personally like some of my alone time as well. When with other couples & families, we were always clear on communication and most times were together but few times, just our own family. Being flexible is great but you also need to do what works for you at times so there are no regrets! Vacation time is too precious. Traveling with a large group of just girlfriends is an entirely different story! Different budgets (all inclusive might work best here) sleep schedules, some single, some married…it can be tricky! Talk it out daily but you need to stick to your own plans in general of what you enjoy on vacation. I think it is great to share a vacation with friends or family, some of my best travel memories. Have fun and pack the patience 🙂

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