Traveling with Friends - Basic Rules

You have known him/her an eternity, you virtually met in a sandbox. In your opinion, there may very well be no better match. However, traveling with even the best of friends can make you go absolutely livid!  You really learn a lot about a person and a relationship through travel. You see who they are in a whole new light, how they deal with the ups and downs of travel and other day-to-day situations.You suddenly learn that one wants to cut corners in areas that the other doesn't. One is a planner, the other spontaneous. Your priorities are suddenly not the same and you have a horrible experience. To avoid this, we have put together a small checklist to ensure pleasant travels with your friends.

1. Inspect for compatibility

You should know that in a joint volunteer project you will spend most of the day together. Therefore, before the trip you should really sit down and talk about your general ideas and expectations. This way you'll find out if your travel partner is interested in culture and really experiencing the country or if they are volunteering simply to get away and relax by the beach.

2. Discuss your budget

If you are traveling together, it is best to have the same budget. Nothing is more annoying than realizing that your travel buddy prefers to live off of toast rather than giving their palette a new experience, testing the culinary innovations of the country you visit. Or perhaps you would like to invest, just a few times, in transportation, just to take a break from walking or public transportation and ease the journey to save time and nerves. Talk about it, at which corners you want to cut and where you are willing to spend a little extra. This way you avoid nagging about money.

3. Plan your trip together

Put your heads together and make a list of what you will take with you on trips and what each of you should have and what can be shared. Get the information you need from our partner organization. For example, find out whether you are living near one another or even in the same room. This makes planning a lot easier. Get informed on the safety of your host country and any security measures you should take and be on the same page. A stroll together through the street market is fun, but comforting your friend because of a stolen item is not. An absolute no-go in this situation is the old, "I told you so." It is better, therefore, to create a common knowledge base and agree on how to keep safe.

If you decide to participate in a voluntary program together, talking thoroughly beforehand about your ideas and expectations is crucial. What can you learn from one another? A brainstorming session is inspiring, creates new ideas and gets you excited about the trip.

4. Talk to each other

Open communication is the key to a harmonious relationship and it’s important to keep this in mind over the duration of your volunteer or internship experience. Find way to communicate in a constructive manner and be supportive. Don’t take your problems out on your partner. If you are upset because your stomach has been aching for 2 hours due to a lack of food supply, say it. If there is anything that is bothering you, talk about it right away - no one can read thoughts. In retrospect, you only annoy you, because any misunderstanding is less time to enjoy.