One of the best journeys I’ve ever taken in my life have all been with my greatest buddy Sarra. We’re solely appropriate vacationers: we’re each cool with hostels, strolling at a snail’s tempo, and consuming McDonald’s thrice a day, if want be. We like our days to be scheduled in a free sense, and we don’t put numerous stress on ourselves to see and do all the things.
Briefly, we’ve got the identical touring philosophy—loosen up, loosen up, loosen up—and due to this fact our relationship has endured many shared holidays and weekend getaways.
However right here’s the factor: earlier than we make a journey collectively, we at all times spend a while going over our touring expectations. That ensures there are not any disagreeable surprises or main disappointments alongside the way in which, and we will spend our journey doing precisely what we must be: having enjoyable.
With the intention to keep away from ruining each your trip and your relationship, ensure you ask your touring companion the next questions earlier than you guide your journey.
Don’t journey with your mates till you’ll be able to reply these eight questions:
1. “What’s your finances?”
I imply, duh. In case your buddy’s finances has a comma in it and yours doesn’t, the 2 of you must undoubtedly not be touring collectively.
However assuming your total budgets align, there are a couple of different financial questions you must ask your companion previous to setting off. How a lot of her finances does your buddy intend to place towards transportation? How a lot does she plan to spend on lodging? On procuring? On meals? Discover out earlier than you guide something collectively.
2. “How do you’re feeling about consuming quick meals and avenue meat?”
This one sounds form of foolish, nevertheless it’s really essential. Should you’re a foodie, you’ll doubtless need to spend so much of time trying out the native restaurant scene. In case your touring companion is a “avenue meat and hit the highway” form of woman, the 2 of you will run into some issues. You must at all times discuss your eating expectations earlier than you journey with somebody new.
3. “Do you propose on sticking to a schedule, or are you a ‘glide’ form of individual?”
Nothing is extra irritating than touring with a “scheduler” once you’re a “glide” fan, and vice versa. Speak to your buddy about your scheduling expectations (or lack thereof) earlier than you two hit the highway.
4. “What’s the one factor you actually wish to do whereas we’re on trip?”
Speaking concerning the belongings you’re most excited to see and do will make sure that neither you nor your buddy goes dwelling feeling dissatisfied.
5. “Do you propose on spending a while by yourself, or do you count on us to stay collectively all through the journey?”
This one is vital, as a result of if two vacationers don’t agree about “journey togetherness,” chances are high good that somebody will stroll away from the scenario feeling offended or damage.
If you understand that you just’re going to want some alone time in the course of the journey, ensure you talk that to your buddy previous to setting off. That approach, she received’t really feel shocked or upset once you resolve to spend a day or two exploring by yourself.
6. “Are you an ‘early to mattress, early to rise’ traveler, or do you propose on partying and sleeping in?”
Nothing will damage a vacation quicker than two vacationers who disagree about going out and sleeping in. Ensure you’re each on the identical web page about how you propose to spend your nights and mornings earlier than you permit.
7. “Do you will have any main touring deal-breakers that I ought to find out about?”
Possibly you’ll be able to’t deal with crowds, otherwise you get seasick simply, otherwise you would slightly die than spend a complete day at a museum. No matter it’s, you and your companion ought to know one another’s consolation zones and deal-breakers earlier than the 2 of you start your journey.
8. “What’s your total objective for the journey?”
In case your objective is to loosen up and your mates are to sight-see, there’s a very good probability that you just’re going to disagree loads throughout your journey. Save yourselves the difficulty and focus on your total targets on your trip earlier than you permit.
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