Tips For Travelling With Your Bestfriend
Travelling regardless of circumstances is something you’ll never forget. However, when you're travelling with your best friend... That's one of the best situations that could possibly happen!
Lucky for you, Leezair has you covered. Here are some of the best tips that you and your bestie can take advantage of when you have the time of your life traveling!
1. Don't sweat the small things
Whether you're there to party, go on adventures or get away from routine, keep a positive mindset! If you're getting frustrated when your friend wants to go to a different restaurant or wants to sleep in an extra 30 minutes, try to remember the bigger picture. If you decided to go on a holiday together as best friends, surely both of you have gone through more difficult times. Enjoy and have fun together!
2. Make sure you're both on the same page
When it comes to travelling with someone you're close to, it helps to be on the same page. A great piece of advice my friends gave me is to plan ahead. This way you can both make sure you go to the sights you want to see individually! It also helps to know beforehand your reasons for travel. It can range from just relaxing, sightseeing, an adrenaline rush or work. But as long as your there for the same reasons, or know why you're both travelling you can ensure you'll make the most of your time.
3. Decide on a budget together before you leave
There's nothing worse than planning a 4-week trip and spending all your money in the first 5 days. Be open with your communication to each other and let each other know how much you have saved or are willing to spend.
It also helps to budget and figure out how much roughly you can spend each day. You can write down how much you spent in a day on a piece of paper or hold onto receipts. You would be surprised how helpful it is to hold onto receipts.
4. Don't be afraid to meet new people
It's comforting having someone by your side that knows you already. However, that shouldn’t be an excuse to go out and meet new people. When I was in Cambodia earlier this year, I went to an island called Koh Rong Samloem and met this guy named Joe. We hit it off and ended up walking around the island over 3 days visiting waterfalls and jumping off piers! We both still keep in touch and if he ever comes down to my home town, I’ll give him to a tour. The moral of the story is that you can meet people that you never would’ve imagined to before and you can make life-long connections!
Some helpful ideas that you can use include booking accommodation at hostels to meet fellow travellers, going on local tours or finding the most common sights in town and striking up a conversation with someone new!
5. Know what "pushes your buttons"
Surely if you’re besties you know what crosses the line. I’ll highlight the importance again of communication so don’t be afraid to talk to each other and voice your opinion. You want to have the time of your lives overseas! The aim isn’t to annoy one another, so be understandable and always compensate. Like any friendship, each person will have to make sacrifices and when you’re traveling this is even more important. Don't end up feeling like this guy...
6. Remember to make time for yourself
There’s a saying by Robert Bloch that goes...
'Friendship is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling that it brings.'
That saying is so true about friendship but you don’t need to be with your best friend all the time. Taking time to yourself and appreciating your life is always beneficial. Whether you like to meditate, take a quiet walk or just appreciate you’re in a different country – try to appreciate life at its very moment. Reflecting is one of the best tools I’ve learnt throughout my life and I always utilise it when I’m traveling. Maybe you can try it out as well!
7. Most important thing... Have fun!
Remember that you are best friends for a reason! Make some more memories (especially embarrassing ones because they have the best stories) and relish each other’s company!
Start small. Do a weekend or day trip with your friend before you book a trip overseas together!
Explore your options in and around Sydney here and make a bucket list for you and your friend to complete before you start your international list!
If you have any tips of your own, add a comment below! We would love to hear your travel tips with best friends!