How to Travel with a Group of Friends (and Not Lose Your Mind)

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Traveling with friends can be extremely fun. It can also be stressful, which causes tension. There’s no way to totally eliminate those stressful moments, but I do have a few tips to help lessen them.

 This post originally appeared on A Constant Traveler.

Choosing Your Companions

When deciding who you want to go with on a trip, it’s important to choose people you get along with. Travel forces you and your friends to be together almost constantly. After spending so much time with someone, you’ll learn a lot about them but the ability to have some space from them will be difficult.

You may find they have habits you never knew about–and which annoy you. That’s okay, they’re probably finding the same out about you! Don’t let this deter you from traveling with friends, the shared experience can bring you closer and strengthen your friendship for a lifetime. All it takes is a little planning and some guidelines to make this possible.

Money

Once you’ve decided on a place, decide on a budget range. Money can be a sensitive topic and by agreeing beforehand on the level of luxury you’re willing to pay for, you can avoid much conflict later.

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