Tips For Traveling With Your Squad And Keeping The Peace
By Kelsey Marie
How often have you heard stories of a group of friends traveling together only to fall out before they even get back home?
The idea of traveling with your besties sounds great, but this is often the time you learn new things about each other that you may or may not like.
Although the stress of travel and the different personalities in the group can cause a clash, there are ways you can make sure you all have a good time and strengthen your bond.
Have A Mix Of Group Activities And Alone Time
Some members in your squad may live for travel where everything is planned while others love a bit of spontaneity and leisurely time.
It’s great to have a mix of both things to suit everyone in your group. Maybe do a few excursions together and then have a couple of free days for everyone to do as they please.
Lisa Kays, a psychotherapist, and self-described introvert tells NPR: “I look at, like, how much group time? Where do I get my alone time? Figure out [in advance] what are things I’d want to do alone, and if I am traveling with somebody letting them know that. It’s not personal at all. This is something I’d be doing even if I was hanging out with my favorite celebrity.”
Keep A Routine
If you do yoga or journal every day while at home, then keep that same energy while traveling.
This way, if conflict does arise, you’re able to handle it with more clarity.
Sometimes we don’t realize how doing certain routine activities keeps us sane and grounded.
Confront Issues Directly And Honestly
Nothing is worse than someone being passive-aggressive towards you when you’re on vacation.
Defuse any conflict immediately by facing it head-on. If something or someone is getting on your last nerve, say it.
When there is unexpressed happiness, it ruins the energy for everyone.
Never Forget Your Friendship
At the end of the day, you and your squad came on this trip because of friendship and love.
We all get annoyed sometimes but never forget the love you have for each other. Make memories and forgive each other.
Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.