So you want to travel with your friends?
The idea of travelling with friends can be very appealing. Obviously you like your friends, otherwise, you would not classify them as such.
However, you must remember the benefits of travelling with friends go hand in hand with the risks. To put it another way, just because you enjoy hanging out or connecting regularly with your friends, does not mean you will maintain that positive relationship on an extended 24/7 basis.
Most vacations will see you spending every hour of every day for 1 or more week/s together. So what tips do the four friends have to help you keep things harmonious and fun?
We know that some people simply cannot travel in groups, whether it be the inability to let go of total control, or not wanting to upset others by speaking up about what they want to do. Fortunately, for Four Friends to travel it is effortless and enjoyable. So we are constantly asked how do we make it work? The answer is quite simple really, just as it is in marriage – compromise is key when travelling with friends.
It would be fair to say that we are like minded and have been friends for a very long time. We are all laid back, we generally want to see and do similar things and we trust one another. One key component is that none of us like to sleep in and waste a day of sightseeing, and thus optimising time to get out there and see everything we want. Our holidays so far have all included 2 or more cities (or countries) and to keep things fair each couple will organise an itinerary for 1 place. This allows one couple to take the lead while the other couple can sit back and relax.
As the years have rolled on and we have, oh dear, gotten older (maybe wiser?) the things we want to do have changed. When we first started travelling we wanted big nights out whereas now, in truth, we prefer a really beautiful dinner, some great wine, conversation and to call it a night by 1am. Sure, we do like different things and should the moment in time arise we would have no problem in doing separate things for a day (and no one should feel offended by such a request, remember…..compromise). We feel extremely blessed that we have friends who we can share easy, fun, stress-free travel with. There has never ever been one fight, one argument or not even a temper raised. We haven’t even whinged behind one another’s back, you might call it lucky – we call it friendship, respect and love.
We are Four Friends One World.