Travelling with friends is growing in popularity, more than ever. According to statistics, many individuals plan their holidays with friends. Even though motor homing is a traditional form of travelling for families, it appears that the trend is conquering more segments of the population. And it doesn’t surprise us.
Caravanning with a close group of friends accounts for a memorable experience. At the same time, it can be the most disastrous outing if you don’t establish a set of boundaries and principles.
You might be thinking: what could go wrong – I’m merely planning a trip with the friends I get along with excellently. Still, truth be told, when travelling with pals, things might get a bit tense.
Even your best friend (who has donated a kidney to save your brother – hypothetically speaking) can drive you nuts when on the road. This happens particularly when you’re caravanning, and space is cramped! However, your vacation should be fun, and it can be if you take into account the following pieces of advice.
Plan the Trip Together
Even though you might have far-reaching experience in caravanning, and you have excellent organisational skills, it’s not ok to plan the journey on your own if you’re travelling with friends. By collaborating and talking openly about your preferences, you can rest assured that everyone is on the same page, and agrees on the itinerary.
Meet for a couple of drinks, and plan the trip together – it shouldn’t be a drag, but an opportunity to have fun together!
Respect Each Other’s Privacy
You’re travelling with your best buds, and you cannot possibly think of anything that may go wrong. Not so fast. Just because you get along, it doesn’t mean that you don’t need privacy; a little space for yourself. To make sure that everything goes smoothly, it’s quintessential to respect your friend’s privacy.
I recommend you have a tent or two if anyone wants to take a break from the noise, and just be for himself/herself. According to a study conducted in 2011 – the Real Richness Report – camping enthusiasts are more energetic, enthusiast, and happy persons, as opposed to non-campers. Since caravanning and camping go hand in hand, we’re glad to find this out.
Think of Separate Activities
While it’s not 100 percent necessary, and it depends on how large your group is, this is a good alternative you should consider. Certainly, you want to have fun together; this is the point of travelling with friends, right? But, if one of your pals doesn’t like an activity, there’s no reason they should be forced to do it. They can just choose something that interests them more.
And most important of all, do make sure you have fun, and embrace flexibility! While planning ahead is recommendable when caravanning, don’t be too rigid to a fixed schedule. Alternatively, if you have a flexible approach, you’ll enjoy your trip to the fullest, including the unpredictable joys. Don’t panic when things aren’t going as planned and remember: you’re on vacation, you should have fun!