We all know that traveling solo is no easy feat, let alone traveling with your friends. It's hard enough to gather everyone for a simple dinner, what more if you're planning to go on a 3-day beach trip with the whole gang? Just thinking about it makes you want to rip your hair out.
Since there are many of you, there will be a lot of things to consider when planning a big group trip. Deciding on your destination or budget could turn into a full-blown disaster when not properly accounted for. To give you an idea, here are some factors that we usually overlook when it comes to traveling with your buddies. Here's to hoping that you'll be able to avoid them on your next barkada getaway.
Not setting a fixed date
We wish that all members of the barkada will be able to come to the trip. But since we're all busy with our own jobs and families, it's hard to commit knowing that our schedule isn't always certain. It's best to have everyone agree on a fixed date for your vacation so you can finalize the list of your friends who'll be able to attend. If there's already a specific date for your trip, then all other arrangements should come smoothly.
Only one person is planning for the whole group
We all have than one friend considered as the "Mom" or the "Dad" of the group who acts as the decision-maker since we're all too lazy to convene amongst each other. While this works with quick decisions like choosing the restaurant for a get-together dinner or picking the film for a movie night, planning a trip is a totally different thing. Everyone has varied likes and expectations, and your designated decision-maker would probably be out of his wits while trying to figure out every single one of them. So spare him the headache and do your planning as a group. That way, everyone will have a say when it comes to deciding.
Not setting a flexible budget
With many of you chipping in for the expenses, a trip with your friends can undoubtedly become cheaper. But prices of commodities don't always stay the same so don’t bring just the right amount of moolah, especially during the peak season. Like with all kinds of trips, always bring extra money in case you suddenly find yourself short.
Being fixated on your phone the whole time
Taking selfies is fine when you’re in a new place, but having your smartphone on your face every second of your trip is just plain rude. Remember that you’re on a trip with friends so you can spend time and have fun with them. Do your barkada a favor and disconnect from your mobile phone for the meantime.
Read the full article, 7 Travel Mistakes You're Making With Your Friends, on TravelBook.ph.