TRAVEL FAILS: Traveling with Friends

What Not to Do: Travel with Friends by @thisgirlgiggles


I get asked these questions all the time:

Should I travel alone? Is it safe? Should I travel with a friend?

I’ve been there. You’re nervous to travel alone, so you decide to travel with a friend. Yes, they are wonderful to go out with for a drink and dance. They know you can’t drink more than one and its time to go home after your third. Of course, they’re a good listener when you’re pouring your heart out.
But, have you actually spent 14 days together before? That’s 336 hours together.
Don’t make the mistake I’ve made. I’ve gained many dear friends during my travels, but I’ve lost close friends that I’ve decided to travel with.
Solo Traveling in Mexico City by @thisgirlgiggles

Solo Traveling in Mexico City

This is what I’ve learned from the past.

TRUST ME,  it will only get worse in a foreign country!


DO NOT TRAVEL with selfish friends

DO NOT TRAVEL with a friend who refuses to do anything alone for 14 days

DO NOT TRAVEL with a friend who only wants to drink margaritas and eat Mcdonald’s abroad

DO NOT TRAVEL with a friend who tries to babysit and lecture you

DO NOT TRAVEL with a friend who does not give you any personal space

DO NOT TRAVEL with a friend who refuses to try anything new

DO NOT TRAVEL with a friend who doesn’t want to share a hostel room full of 10 people at least once

DO NOT TRAVEL with a friend who doesn’t know how to say “thank you”




DO TRAVEL with a friend who knows to give/ask you for personal space when needed

DO TRAVEL with a friend who cares about your safety

DO TRAVEL with a friend who is willing to try new food and experience the culture

DO TRAVEL with a friend that has a sense of humour

DO TRAVEL with a friend who is willing to do interesting tours and odd activities alone or together

DO TRAVEL with a friend who wants to stay up all night to hang out with other fellow travelers you guys just met at the hostel (at least once)

DO TRAVEL with a friend who is easy-going and independent

DO TRAVEL with a friend who doesn’t mind laying back low and knows how to relax when needed



Finally ready to take “that” trip alone?

Got any tips of your own? Got a similar experience?

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    17/06/2017 at 15:36

    so on point!!!1 I’ve definitly had a couple friendships end because we were not compatible travelers. It’s such a shame! I prefer solo travel anyways lol

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    18/06/2017 at 03:26

    Great tips! I am very selective of who I travel with due to many of the reasons you have stated. Sometimes a trip or friendship can be ruined so def need to choose wisely who you travel with!

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    18/06/2017 at 03:38

    I know exactly which of my friends I could travel with, and which I couldn’t. Doesn’t mean I don’t love ’em, just means we have our limits 🙂

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    27/09/2017 at 19:25

    Let me say it like this, I have bar friends, I have hiking friends and I have best friends. I wouldnt travel with any another than with my bestfriends if I want to stay out of troubles. But I know even if you are bestfriends like since forever traveling 24/24 together can bring out a new side of one person that you didnt know existed. I guess thats a chance you will have to take.

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