Hey, of course we love our family and friends and nothing's going to change that. But sometimes when you're overseas this love is put to the test.
Whether it's the fact that your brother refuses to leave the hotel or the fact that your best friend of 20 years has no idea what happened to those 200 Euros you lent her, there are moments where our loved ones can get on our nerves while holidaying.
So what's the solution? Aside from running away from them in a crowded square, there are a number of measure you can take that can save your trip (and your relationships)!
Sometimes problems occur because people have different expectations for the trip. By making sure you and your travel buddies are aware of the sort of trip you'll be taking, you can generally get a sense as to whether there'll be any problems before you go.
Take the right approach to money
Money is often the biggest cause of conflict overseas. While it's important to make sure you're not being taken advantage of, at the same time you don't want to be too overzealous in your bookkeeping. There comes a point where you have to remember you're on holidays. A relaxed approach can make a big difference.
Divide rather than compromise
There’s going to be a point at your trip where you reach a fork in the road and you have to make a decision between doing one thing or another. Instead of compromising or choosing only one don’t be afraid to split up and each do what you want to do separately. It ensures you don’t miss out on what you really want to do, and gives each of you a story when you get back together.
Do what you’re best at
Good at reading maps? Then make sure you’re the person who’s doing the navigating. Encyclopaedic knowledge of exchange rates? Then make sure you’re the person who’s handling the money. Little things like this can ensure that you don’t waste any time caught up in activities that don’t cater to your talents and will generally save you from a bit of unnecessary passive aggression if you make some minor mistakes.
Roll with the punches
Things not going entirely as you planned? Well, it wouldn’t be the first time in the history of the world a holiday hasn’t gone to script. Instead of getting stressed out and taking the experience out on the people you're travelling with, take a deep breath and relax.