Tips to travelling with your squad
There’s something special about travelling with your squad. Not only is it more cost-effective than solo travel, but you get to share cool experiences with the people closest to you in all the world.
Of course, before you embark on that epic trip you’ve been planning with your friends, you’ll need a few survival tips. Because as awesome as group travel is, it can also get complicated. Here’s some of our top tips:
Plan your journey
Get together before the trip to decide on a loose itinerary. Not only is it a great bonding experience, but we guarantee your friends will come up with some awesome ideas you’d never have thought of otherwise.
Look for specials
Many tour operators and travel companies offer discounts for people travelling in groups. Take advantage. If you’re feeling super responsible, you can all put the money you’ve saved in a kitty and enjoy more drinks and snacks.
Don’t skip the money conversation
Decide beforehand on what your daily budget is going to look like. Yes, it’s awkward talking about money. It’s going to be more awkward because you’re the only one of your friends unable to afford that swanky restaurant that charges R100 an appetiser.
The best thing about group travel is that you can share responsibilities with your organisationally-minded friends. But a word of caution: do not assign the important booking stuff to your most irresponsible friend. We suggest putting them on something unimportant like snack duty.
Snacks, you say?
Haha, just kidding. Snack duty is one of the most important responsibilities when travelling in a group. Nothing puts a damper on a long journey like sitting with a group of people who are miserable and hangry.
Choose your friends carefully
Don’t just invite every cool person you know and expect to have a great time. Pick and choose the friends with similar tastes and hobbies, so you won’t get into a screaming match about whether to go shopping or hiking.
Just because you get along with everyone doesn’t mean they get along with each other. Make sure the people you’re going with have complementary personalities. And don’t invite your friend’s exes ever. That’s just asking for trouble.
We live in the age of WhatsApp, Skype and Facebook. Pick the social platform that everyone uses and create a group. Because the last thing you want is for someone to miss the bus because you forgot to send them an SMS with the departure date.
You and your friends are going to be spending a lot of downtime together, whether on busses or at your accommodation. Bring cards or portable board games to help wile away the loooong hours in between activities.
Give each other space
Think about your bestie’s charmingly weird laugh. Now think about hearing that for eight hours straight. Just because you’re travelling together doesn’t mean you need to be together 24/7.
Keep an open mind
You’re not going to get to do everything you want to do – them’s the breaks of travelling with other people. But instead of sulking or insisting they do everything your way, open yourself up to enjoying new things together.