Technology is making the world smaller but that doesn’t change the fact there are plenty of places to travel and explore. Best of all, when you’re dealing with a country as large as Australia, you can travel for as long as you like without leaving the continent. That keeps the cost down. But, you’re still going to need to follow some basic principles.
Traveling with friends is much more taxing on a relationship than simply meeting for coffee or hitting the gym together. When you spend long periods together you’ll start to notice habits that niggle you and there can be tensions.
That’s why, from the moment you start planning your travel, you need to keep the lines of communication open. It’s important that all participants feel like they are getting something from the traveling experience.
In other words, talk about where you want to go and what you want to get out of the experience. Doing this before you start planning routes and stops will ensure everyone is on the same page and you have the right traveling companions.
Check What’s On
Once you’ve started creating a route you need to look at the regional events and festivals along the route. It can help you to create a plan regarding when to visit specific places and where you would like to go.
However, while this is a good idea to ensure you make the most of your trip, it’s also good not to over plan. Allowing you and your companions to go with the flow means you’re open to new experiences.
Plan Time Outs
No matter how well you get on with your traveling companions it can be difficult to spend every moment of every day with them. Make sure you plan down time where everyone is free to do their own thing, by themselves, and not be judged by the group. It will help to keep everything harmonious.
This should be done when first planning the trip before people commit to going. You need to make sure everyone has a similar budget. This will prevent those with fewer funds available from missing out on experiences. That’s certain to create tension in the group.
Have A leader
The traveling group should nominate one person as a leader before you leave. This person will be the one to make final decisions and resolve disputes. They need to be fair and good at making decisions. It will make the entire experience much better.
Cap Social Media
It may be important to post your location and send great pictures of your travels. But, if you spend too much time on social media you’re not connecting with your companions and effectively ruining the experience;
Combat this by placing limits on social media use both in terms of access times and duration. It will help to keep the group functioning properly.
Don’t forget, if you want to stay friends after traveling you’re going to need to let the small things go. They aren’t worth the hassle or the loss of friendship.