Travelling has the ability to change you in so many ways. Experiencing different cultures and landscapes is so freeing but choosing who to do that with is a difficult task; here's a few things you need to remember before starting your trip.
1. Really think about it
One of the most comforting things I was ever told is that not every friend is a travel friend and that's okay. You’re allowed to have different friends that enjoy doing different things with you; you’re a multifaceted person and your friends should be reflective of that.
Think about whether or not you and your friends are on the same page in terms of travel. They might want a lush, no hassle, beach getaway. You might want the typical, grimy backpackers experience. Both are solid options but if you’re not on the same page from the get-go you’re going to be arguing about every tiny detail of the trip.
2. Acknowledge that you’re going to fight
Being with the same people, day in, day out for potentially months on end is going to be intense.
Being with the same people for every waking moment will teach you a lot about each other and inevitably bring you closer but you’ll also annoy the shit out of each other.
The fights you’ll have are going to be inconsequential and at the end of the day, probably a result of exhaustion and alcohol. Just remember, you’re in a pressure cooker environment while you’re travelling and you'll need to move on from little things to avoid sabotaging the friendship.
3. Give each other space
A good way to stop a mini argument turning into a full-blown fight is giving each other some space. Skip out on a tour if you need a breather. Spend a day by the pool, go for a nap or just chill by yourself in your room. You’re allowed to have a break and recharging by yourself will give you the energy you need to go back out there and interact with people again.
4. Learn to compromise
Regardless of how close you are, there’s going to be disagreements in some way or another. Learning to compromise will make the trip so much smoother. Being stubborn is only going to cause pain for everyone involved and sometimes you're just going to have to suck it up and give in to something you're not particularly happy with.
This goes both ways–your mates need to be prepared to compromise as well which is why it's super important to think about the type of people you're travelling with.
5. Live in the moment
This is far easier said than done but travelling with friends will create some of the best experiences of your life. Try and take it all in without stressing about what's going to happen next. They’re your friends for a reason and if you’ve gotten as far as just booking a trip without ripping each other to shreds, you’re going to have a good time.