Allen from the Hangover has taught us best that we should make wise decisions when deciding who makes The Wolf Pack. Travel companions can make or break an enjoyable vacation. And sometimes, you never really know a person until you’re away…together…no escape. So, in order to preserve some friendships and even your experience in a new place, there are some things to do before inviting your bff, boyfriend or mother to be your wingman as you trot through the streets of Bangkok. They’re very simple but absolutely imperative.
1. Take note of you and your potential travel mate’s differences. If you are one that likes to wander about, sleep late and stay up all night, you may want to stay away from the friend that likes more structure. The same rule applies for friends that are in search of a rendezvous and you are more interested in scenery, one that is very cautious and you are spontaneous. These things may not be bothersome on average but are magnified while on vacation.
2. Have an open discussion. Nothing too formal. Talk about the things you like/dislike when you travel. Discuss how much spending money is required (yes, money matters can be difficult to address but it will be beneficial if your budgets are notably different). Give each other a brief overview of what all you want to do while away. If everyone understands and is in agreement of what to expect, the journey will be easy peasy.
3. Match destinations with personalities. Some people prefer the beach. Some people prefer the countryside. Some people prefer the city. Not everyone is a chameleon traveler and that’s ok. If you know which friends adjust better in certain locations (or where you can tolerate them best), choose accordingly. For example, I would most likely ask Snooki to come to Miami with me before Monaco. I don’t know if they’re ready for her in Monte Carlo just yet.
4. Don’t be afraid to separate for a few hours and reunite. Even those that have the most in common can have different interest. When this happens, venture out on your own and come back together for dinner. This potential plan should also be addressed in the pre-departure conversation, especially if you are traveling with only one other person. Not everyone feels comfortable roaming solo in a foreign place, so in order to avoid hurt feelings, give a little warning.
5. Start small. If you are able to test the waters, go on a small trip that is one or two hours away from home before arranging to leave the state/country together. You’ll learn a lot!
So, who will it be? 😉