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Things to Consider Before Traveling with Other People

Group of travelers backpacking hiking through a red mountain

If you’re planning on traveling with other people, I would suggest asking some important questions before making the trip.  From personal experience, not asking the right questions of your travel buddies can lead to frustration. To help you get started, I’ve come up with some things to consider before traveling with other people. Even if you’re traveling with family or friends, considering these questions will make your trip a whole lot easier.

Who Are Your Travel Buddies?

With whom are you traveling? Are they children, senior citizens, young adults, foodies, adventurers? Knowing your audience is pivotal because it gives you unspoken insight into the types of activities to plan. Also, it makes you evaluate whether or not they would make for good travel buddies at all. Traveling together can test any relationship.  If you and your travel companions don’t share some interests and expectations, you should probably rethink your plan.

Does Anyone Have Physical Limitations?

Physical limitations usually aren’t top of mind when planning a trip with others. Just because someone appears to be physically healthy on the exterior, doesn’t mean that they are. Back issues, asthma, heart conditions, and even severe allergies can have a big impact on your travel itinerary. If your travel companion is physically unable to participate in a particular activity, it’s best to know this before planning any activites.  My advice to you is to just ask, “Hey, is a 5-mile hike through the mountains something you’re interested in?” As a wise man (or woman) once said, “It doesn’t hurt to ask.”

What Does Everyone Value When They Travel?

When it comes to traveling, people value many different things. Some people really enjoy learning about the history of a city by going to museums and on historical tours; others prefer to take in the food scene; others like to just relax and have a low key trip. Knowing where your travel buddies stand when it comes to these things is very important.

One thing that can happen to really take a trip downhill is to have an “everyone is going to love this” mentality, but failing to ask them. Not all activities are going to be appealing to all travelers, so when you travel with others, being able to give and take is essential to creating an enjoyable travel experience. Which leads us to…

Does Anyone Have Any Travel Expectations?

There is usually one thing in particular that I’m super excited to see or do when I travel.  Sometimes it’s trying a popular restaurant in the area or seeing a particular landmark. Just like me, I can assure you that the people you are traveling with may have something in mind that they want to accomplish on the trip. When planning your trip, make sure you know what everyone’s one thing is. Not being able to do the one activity that you’re most excited about can be very frustrating, especially when you’ve spent money and time traveling somewhere. By communicating in advance, you will have the information that you need to be able to create an itinerary that either meets everyone’s expectations, or sets a realistic expectation of what can or cannot be accomplished during the trip.

Is Everyone on the Same Page Regarding the Costs?

Money can be a touchy subject, but when traveling, it’s important to make sure that everyone participating in the trip is as open as possible about money. You don’t have to ask people about the details of their financial situation, but do talk about anticipated costs. Coming up with a travel budget is awesome, but if you’re the only one aware of what that is, it’s not a very helpful tool.

Keep the group accountable for discussing the costs of activities and make sure that there is a realistic expectation for how much money everyone could end up spending. Do your research. Being in a situation where someone is either unable to afford something that the rest of the group wants to do, or they are the only person that can afford it and are forced to miss out because the group cannot cover the costs is not fun.

I hope these tips have been helpful for you and that you ask these questions before planning your next trip.  I know they sure have been quite helpful for me when I plan trips with others.

Have you had any unfortunate travel experiences that these questions could have helped you avoid? Email me your stories by clicking here.

 

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18 Comments

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    Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen
    August 9, 2017 at 8:24 am

    These are really good things to keep in mind, and these are the reasons I don’t usually travel with people! Lol! Let’s just say I had a really bad travel experience right out of high school and won’t do it again. Wish I would’ve had the experience to think about these things then.

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      August 10, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Haha, I can’t say that I blame you. One bad experience can really cause hesitation. I’ve had a lot of luck by asking these questions first, hopefully you’ll give travel companions another chance one day. (o;

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    Lisa Favre
    August 9, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with this list. I think the “values” point is really important to consider. What does your friend/companion like traveling for? The scenery? Landscapes? Museums? I’ve run into travel partners where we had very ideas of travelling priorities and it put a damper on both of our trips.

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      August 10, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Yes! This is a big one. Not everyone values the same thing.

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    Jelli
    August 9, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Super helpful article, especially for people who are used to traveling alone. In fact, a friend of mine just flew in from the Netherlands last week and is trekking all over my country right now. I’d considered joining her in a few spots, but having 3 kids at home makes travel considerations a lot more difficult. The two questions you listed that I’ve found to be most important are to ask what ppl value when they travel and how the expenses will be divvied up.

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      August 10, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Thank you, I’m glad that you found it to be helpful! It sounds like your friend is on quite an adventure!

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    Kathleen Kennedy-Leon
    August 9, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    These are some great tips. Managing everyone’s expectations on a vacation can absolutely be frustrating if everyone’s not on the same page or even in the same book. We took a trip to Paris that was a bit stressful as our budgets and what we what to see / do were very different. We still had a great trip-but it did cause some friction. Knowing some key information ahead of time would have helped alleviate some of the misunderstandings/ tension

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      August 10, 2017 at 10:29 am

      I’m glad that everything worked out on your Paris trip. Misunderstandings and lack of info can definitely add friction to travel plans.

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    Chloe
    August 10, 2017 at 12:39 am

    I’ve heard of friendships being ruined due to not traveling well together! I’ve been lucky that I’ve had a wonderful run so far which has only brought our friendships closer. Money is a huge issue though as people can have all sorts of different budgets.

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      August 10, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Yes, unfortunately friendships can be affected. 😕 Glad to know that you haven’t had any bad experiences – you’re doing it right!

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    Ali Rost
    August 10, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Such great tips for traveling with other people! I couldn’t help but remember a time in my late 20s. There were two couples who’s been together for what seemed like forever. That is, until the decided to go on vacation (not a double-date, but each couple independently). In both cases, not long after they got back, but both broke up! It was the craziest thing. So yes, it’s super important to talk about everything before hand! x

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      August 17, 2017 at 8:25 am

      They say that traveling together can really tell you if your relationship can last. It tests you on so many fronts!

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    Tina Butler
    August 11, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Those are some great tips. So far we have only traveled with extended family members and not friends. That trip was kind of a disaster as my MIL really had a hard time handling the excitement of our kids. LOL things are a bit easier now that they are older, but I still think things need to be in order before we attempt a big trip again.

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      August 17, 2017 at 8:27 am

      Oh, no! I’ve heard of this happening to other people as well! Sometimes, even family can be challenging to travel with.

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    aly mashrah
    August 13, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    These are really great tips. I’ve honestly never traveled with others besides my sisters so I pretty much know the answer to these questions. We are actually going on a trip this week, I’m so excited! But it is important to know who you travel buddies are and if they have any limitations so you can all work together and make the most of your time!

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      August 17, 2017 at 8:28 am

      That’s awesome! Enjoy your trip with your sisters! Where are you going?

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    Marissa Zurfluh
    August 13, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Very good tips for traveling with others. I never thought about the limitation of others. That is a great conversation to have with the group.

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      August 17, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Thank you! That’s the one that most people don’t think about, but it can really impact a trip.

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