We have all been there, sitting around with friends when the idea pops up.. ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we all went on a holiday together’, and then the excitement sets in and the planning begins. The accommodation is booked, flights organised and everyone is on the holiday planning high!
The next step is the holiday, this can sometimes result in broken friendships or very annoyed people! Remember, everyone has different needs and requirements on a holiday. Some people prefer to lay by the pool and read all day, just enjoying relaxing and being away from the ‘grind’ of life. Others want to see and experience EVERYTHING.
From the minute they wake up to when they go to sleep, their mind is full of experiencing the culture and sights of the place they are staying. Finally there’s the ‘go with the flow’ - the ones who are happy to see a bit, relax a bit, eat a bit and generally just move along with everyone else.
Put these three groups of people into one holiday and it can result in frustrations, and sometimes even arguments between people. Or a lot of furious whispering in bedrooms!
So how do you work around the different personalities of people and ensure you have a lot of fun travelling with your friends? Here are some tips we have put together:
Make it clear to everyone, that some days are set aside for people to do whatever they want, whether that’s relaxing, insane sightseeing or just seeing where the day takes them
Put into the week or time you are away set days that you will be doing something together, or meals you will always enjoy together. For example lunch might be a good one for everyone to touch base, see how your day is travelling and then move on to the next adventure (or book).
Remember that everyone is important. This is often hard when you know what you want out of a holiday - but what you want, and what the person next to you wants are often VERY different
Finally, remember that although you are friends, a few hours once a week or once a month is very different to a number of days living closely with each other.
So follow our advice, remember to communicate what you want from the holiday early on in the planning stages, and we know you will have a good time!
*Disclaimer - BDA are not friendship counselors, these are tips only!