They say the more the merrier. And while we’re not sure who they are, the adage is true all the same. That’s because it’s often far more enjoyable when you can share an experience with a group of people or a close friend, rather than experience it all on your own. The same is true when it comes to travelling.
But like anything else you do as a group or with close friends, there are some things to keep in mind to ensure you’ll enjoy the experience not only as a collective but individually as well. Here we’ll cover our top do’s and don’ts to travelling with friends.
The key to any relationship is communicating openly about expectations and what you want out of the experience. This is especially important when it comes to travelling companions. It’s necessary to make your voice heard when it comes to where you want to go, what you want to do, and when you want to experience these moments together. That goes for others in your group as well. It is equally important to listen to their suggestions and recommendations when planning a trip. Before going anywhere discuss things as a group so that everyone is on the same page.
Many times, a vacation can go from relaxing getaway to non-stop distraction. Especially if you overcommit on things to see and do. If you want to ensure that everyone in your group has an enjoyable time together while travelling, it is important to set boundaries and commit to only the activities that you want to experience. Allow for party members in your group to have their alone time. There’s nothing worse than spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars to go somewhere only to participate in an activity that isn’t a priority.
Vacations on their own can be inherently expensive. And it’s a big investment. Even when you travel as a group. After all, you’re taking time off from work and potentially dipping into your savings to cover the cost of a hotel stay, airline tickets, rental cars, or all of the above. That’s why we recommend setting budgets among your travel companions and splitting the cost of shared experiences evenly. Discuss how much you are willing to spend ahead of time and do your best to stick to that figure. If it means compromising on a particular style or activity, so be it. Remember, it’s about enjoying the trip with your friends, and sometimes that means planning for all different budgets.
Travel insurance might seem like an unnecessary expense when you’re planning a trip among a group of friends. Especially if you’ve already done some of the things we discussed earlier in the article. But the reality is, no one in your group can plan for the unexpected. That’s where travel insurance plans, like the ones available from Allianz Global Assistance may help in the event of a mishap. We offer many different features like 24/7 access to Assistance services, emergency medical coverage and transportation, reimbursement on covered trip interruptions or cancellations, and so much more. To find a travel insurance plan that works for you
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Nothing ventured. Nothing gained. When vacationing with friends, that is your chance to step out of what feels safe or comfortable and experience the things that you ordinarily wouldn’t in the safety and support of close friends. Whether its zip-lining in Costa Rica, parasailing in the Riviera Maya, or snorkeling in Cozumel. It’s also way less nerve racking when everyone is experiencing the same butterflies. Afterward, you’ll feel proud that you pushed beyond your limits and you can recall those moments with those in your group. Who knows, you may discover a new found passion.
There’s a lot that this big, beautiful world offers. From jaw-dropping landscapes and mouth-watering foods to peaceful and tranquil beaches and exhilarating suburban nightlife. Experience it among friends, family, or spouses. Don’t miss opportunities to share life with those who mean the most to you. Before you know it, circumstances can significantly alter life. And opportunities to see the world with close companions may dwindle with time. Take advantage when you can, and learn to say “yes” to travelling with a group of friends.
Travel insurance is underwritten by CUMIS General Insurance Company, a member of The Co-operators Group of Companies, administered by Allianz Global Assistance, which is a registered business name of AZGA Service Canada Inc.