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How to Travel With a Friend and Not Want to Kill Them

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Traveling with a friend is great, right? But being with someone 24/7 can have its downsides too. Follow these tips and you'll both get back home alive.

First and foremost, ask yourself if this is a friend that you could spend that much time with. Slightly annoying habits can be come big problems while traveling. Make sure you and your friend are both involved in the planning and have similar expectations for the trip. Do you want a relaxing beach vacation and she wants to see all the sights in a manner of days? If there is a lot of communication before the trip, there won't be as many issues on the trip.

Always have an activity that you can do by yourself for a little while. Every now and then its nice to have a little down time. For me, writing in a journal or blog is a great way to reconnect with myself and take a step back from the nonstop companionship. This could also be connecting with family or friends back home via the internet or a postcard. Other activities include reading a book, watching a show, or going for a run. Even taking a short nap can refresh you enough to jump back in. Additionally, splitting up for a day to do different activities or see different sights doesn't hurt.

Make sure you both get enough rest. Sleep is essential for normal function, including interacting with another person. Being in a new place, a new bed, and spending possibly more time with someone than you ever have before can all make matters worse. Now, I'm not saying go to bed early every night, but if you do stay up late at least try not to plan stuff too early the next morning.

Do not cover each others expenses. Discuss money before the trip and try your best not to pay for each others stuff. If you get a hotel room, split the cost evenly. If you go out for dinner, ask for separate checks. If one friend starts to pay more than the other, things could go south very fast.

Be willing to apologize (even if it wasn't your fault). More often than not you and your travel companion are going to have a fight or two on the trip. Just don't let a fight ruin the rest of your adventure.

Thanks for listening!

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