Ivana De Domenico—How To Travel With Friends
The only thing better than experiencing the world is experiencing it with people you care about. Traveling with friends keeps you company during long periods of transportation, motivates you to more boldly dive in to foreign culture, and provides you people with whom to relive the memories for years to come. It is a great way to get to become closer, but this process comes with some challenges. Following these tips can help you overcome those challenges before they become problems!

Work Out Financials Before You Leave
Many aspects of traveling are most exciting when they are spontaneous. Money matters are not one of them. Work out shared financial concerns prior to departure. Nothing causes contention among friends like financial disagreements, especially when it pops up in the middle of the trip. Utilize money transfer apps like Splitwise and Venmo for additional ease and efficiency.

Balance Everyone’s Wishes
No matter how much you all have in common, people are unique. You will agree on some travel activities, but you will also have conflicting desires. Chances are, you will only visit this destination once, so everyone should get to see the things they are most excited about! Everyone should make and compare their destination wish lists. Plan group visits to those you have in common, but also schedule in time for people to go off in small groups or individually, as well. Just have a plan for keeping in touch and meeting back up!

Stay Present in the Moment
When traveling with friends, it is easy to miss opportunities to get to know locals and leave home behind. Challenge each other to talk to new people and try new foods, stay off of social media, and talk about your experiences rather than the gossip happening back at home. It will still be there when you get back, but your adventures will not!

When done right, group travel both strengthens relationships and heightens the experience! Whether you are planning a trip for months down the road, or embarking on a spontaneous adventure, take the time to have a planning meeting to cover financial matters and everyone’s top travel picks. Make and keep a pact to help each other get the most out of your amazing journey!