You and your best friend have finally agreed on a vacation spot this summer. Even though you two get along well, there may be times during your vacation where you’ll get into disagreements. Before you pack, read on for tips on how to avoid any bumps during your trip with your bestie.
Anticipate your habits
If you know you get cranky or irritable when you’re hungry, be sure to avoid arguments by packing some snacks for the road. Items that don’t need to be kept in the fridge, like granola and cereal bars, are the best choices, and remember to pack extra snacks to share with your friend. If you know your friend snores and it bugs you when you’re trying to sleep, bring earplugs or an MP3 player to decrease the noise. If your friend needs to sleep with the light on but you prefer pitch-dark, bring an eye mask. Anticipating things that may get on your nerves and preparing to deal with them in advance will make your trip much more enjoyable.
If you’re on a tight budget, make that clear to your friend before you travel so you’re both on the same page when it comes to dining out and excursions. This way you both know where the other stands and won’t be put in an uncomfortable situation when it comes to finances. If you’re driving, be sure to discuss budgeting for gas.
Plan some alone time
We’ve all heard the phrase “distance makes the heart grow fonder.” Don’t be afraid to venture out on your own during the trip, because spending too much time together — even if you’re the bestest of friends — could still result in your getting on each other’s nerves. If there’s an excursion you want to take but your friend doesn’t, plan a few hours where you split up to pursue each of your own interests.
Remember why you’re friends
If you still find yourself getting on each other’s nerves at times throughout your trip, remember why you’re friends. She’s the person who is always there for you and listens to you complain about love and life. She’s the person you can laugh obnoxiously with and be silly with. If you keep these things in mind, you’ll be less likely to fight, and if you do argue, you can definitely laugh about it later. Most of all, remember that you’re on vacation — have fun!