Emma Chow, co-host of The Edge 96.ONE's Breakfast Show Mike E & Emma, has eight questions to ask yourself before you jet off with a mate.
Travelling overseas with friends is one of the most exciting ways to experience the world — but it can get tricky! I've travelled in large groups, small groups and with one other friend, and all of them had their pros and cons. In order for you to have the ultimate trip, you need to figure out if your wants and needs line up with those of your pals. It's kinda like when you're first dating someone — do you want the same things in life (or in this case, holidays)?
These are the questions to ask when you're considering travelling with friends.
1. Is your bestie really the best choice? You may love him or her to bits, but some people are better in small doses. Quite often the quirks you love about someone are cute from a distance, but when you're living in each other's pockets for weeks on end, the novelty can wear off very quickly.
2. Can you handle each other 24/7? You're not going to get a break from the people you travel with. You'll wake up, shower, get dressed, sightsee, party, and go to bed together. Choose someone you can be entirely comfortable around, and remember that nudity is inevitable!
3. Is their 'maintenance' level the same as yours? This is a budget question. If your ideal trip is to spend less on accommodation and more on experiences, but your friends are wanting to stay at a five-star resort with a private plunge pool and butler, you need to find someone else to travel with.
4. How many people are in the group? A word of warning: large groups are tough. It's hard coordinating everything: where to go, what to do, how long to spend getting ready, what time to wake up in the morning. Personally, I would stick with a group of two to four.
5. Do they have the same sense of adventure? If you're anything like me, you're always looking for new, exciting experiences and weird things to do. You want to make sure you pick someone who has the same sense of fun, humour and spontaneity as you. Some want less adventure, others want more.
6. How do they cope under pressure? Travel can be stressful at times. Flights get missed, delayed or cancelled, luggage goes missing, people rip you off, and you can get lost in unfamiliar streets. Can your friends handle hard situations?
7. Are they social? One of the best parts of travelling is the friends you make along the way, so pick people who can hold their own in a crowd of unfamiliar faces, and who are genuinely interested in getting to know others.
8. Are they responsible? This is really important. You need to be around people who are going to have your back, and vice versa. This means keeping an eye on each other at parties, always staying in touch on WhatsApp if you split up, and never letting your friend go home alone. Travelling is lots of fun, but there is a serious side to it as well.
Travel is meant to be enjoyable for everyone, so pick the right people to do it with and you'll have the time of your life!