If you have someone you think is the one, take them and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all over the world, to places that are hard to reach and hard to get out of. And when you land at JFK and you’re still in love with that person, get married. – Bill Murray
Traveling builds character. And as Bill Murray’s sage advice suggests, it also reveals a person’s personality. You learn more not just about yourself but also about the people you travel with. It can strengthen or ruin relationships. For this reason, traveling with friends is not something you take lightly if you want a smooth trip. While there is no such thing as a perfect vacation, you can at least be prepared to deal with the unexpected without ruining your friendship with your buddies. So if you are planning a trip with your friends soon, here are some questions you might want to ask before you go.
Q1: Splurge or Save?
There are many types of travelers. Some expect nothing but the best and finest including in their choice of accommodations, restaurants, and destinations. And there are those who prefer traveling on a budget. If you are traveling as a group, you may have to make sure that everyone knows what the others expect. The last thing you want is to force anyone in your group to unexpectedly spend beyond budget.
Q2: Explore or Shop?
Some travelers prefer to shop and stay in certain areas. Others would rather spend more time exploring. Before you book everything you need for your trip, you may want to ask your friends which one they prefer. This should give everyone an idea of what to expect from each other. This way, you can come up with a plan that everyone could agree on.
Q3: Tourist hubs or hidden getaways?
Popular tourist attractions are of course must-sees. But you may have to deal with the local and tourist crowds. Sometimes, you can see more by skipping the long lines in an area’s foremost landmarks and attractions. Ask your friends if they want to stick to tourist hubs or they would be open to exploring hidden gems in the city or town you will be visiting.
Q4: Hotels or alternative accommodations?
Hotels offer the standards one would expect from most travel destinations around the world. The sense of familiarity can be comforting. But with so many alternative accommodations to choose from nowadays, you may want to ask your friends if they would be willing give one of them a try.
Q5: Familiar food or traditional cuisines?
The food is one of the things many look forward to in their travels. But many travelers tend to stick to with what is familiar. Others are eager for food adventures that allow them to discover more than what they expected. If you are one of the latter, you may want to know if your friends share the same views as you. Otherwise, you may end up dining in restaurants that offer the same things you can get back home.