WOTIF: 9 Tips For Holidaying With Friends (And Not Coming Home Enemies)

 April on Wotif!

Every month I use my 20 years of travel experience to write for impressive outlets, like Wotif.com. These are excerpts of those stories.

This month you can read the whole article here:

9 TIPS FOR HOLIDAYING WITH FRIENDS (AND NOT COMING HOME ENEMIES)

As her husband slept on the couch for a third night in a row in our tiny Bucharest apartment, I felt awful. Do I offer my bed? Do I see if she’s okay? Do I dare to say something? Instead, I closeted myself in my room and peeked through the hinges.

If you haven’t been there, well thank your lucky stars, because holidaying with friends can downright suck. But, it can also be exciting, dramatic, rewarding and super fun.

Mark Twain once said, “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”

He got it right. That friend who always shows up late for things and laughs about it? Not so funny when you are running for a $1,500 flight. How about the one who always complains about having no money? They’re not lying; they literally can’t even pay for a $3 Bali cab ride.

But holidaying with friends can also be awesome. Just follow these tips to make sure you do it right.

LET’S START WITH THE MOST TABOO – MONEY

CHOOSE FRIENDS WHO ALL GET ALONE

GIVE EACH OTHER SPACE…

…BUT NOT TOO MUCH SPACE

SPEAK UP, BUT ALSO LISTEN WELL

CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS

HOLD YOUR TONGUE

USE LIFESAVERS, I.E. BABYSITTERS

CAST A VOTE

No matter how well you think you know your friends, you don’t really know them until you’ve lived under the same roof for a bit. That’s when you find out that your sweet, loving bestie is really a neurotic clean freak and that her significant other’s boyish charm is only skin deep. The good news is if you can live with your friends’ challenging personality traits, chances are they can also live with your, ahem, little quirks.

Read the whole article here: 9 Tips For Holidaying With Friends

 

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