Experiences are so much better when you can share them with someone, and even if you go solo, you are bound to meet people along the way (which is the best part of solo travel!) Whether you are just having a quick holiday in one spot or making a long multiple stop journey, here’s how to make the experience even better for those you adventure with.
Take pictures of others
Even the humblest person loves to see photos of themselves, and what better way to remember the trip? I know I keep forgetting to take photos because I’m so caught up in the moment, so I end up kicking myself for not taking enough! What an awesome surprise when a buddy uploads a whole bunch.
Also, try taking more surprise shots when your friends aren’t paying attention. Candid shots are always the most interesting! Selfies and generic posed pics get boring really fast. That being said, I don’t have nearly enough candid shots! It’s really hard to get good ones! So get out there and sneak photos of your friends all the time. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a really embarrassing and unflattering pic you can use for blackmail later. (like this)
Don’t count pennies
Few things are worse than feeling like you owe someone or that someone owes you. There was a time in my life where I dreaded going out to dinner with friends because I didn’t want to have to deal with splitting the bill at the end! Pretty ridiculous.
Carry plenty of cash and always overpay when the bill comes. Buy a round every once in a while. Spot a friend if they are short. Be generous and don’t ever keep track. It will never be completely “fair,” and you will go nuts trying to make it so. Just let it go and be happy! That being said, if someone else paid for the hotel/flights/major expenses, then pay them back right away! Don’t make them pester you a thousand times. That sucks.
Also don’t be a overly stingy. Saving money is great, but there’s a difference between being cheap and being economical. Paying a few dollars (or cents) more for something that will make you feel more comfortable or save some time is well worth it. Everyone worries about money; remember you are on vacation, live a little. Invest in memories. (Don’t live here)
“What do you want to do…?” “I dunno.. you?” “I’m down for whatever…” “Yeah me too…” No one likes having this conversation. It just wastes time. Yes, we can all appreciate someone who is flexible, but we respect someone who knows what they want. If you find yourself in this situation above, be a leader and save everyone from this misery by making a decisive suggestion. People will usually go along with it. If they don’t, don’t worry. Sometimes people just want to do absolutely nothing, but don’t want to admit it. If you have something you really want to do, just go do it. Don’t let some assumed social obligation hold you back. You’ll just end up up resentful and bitter, and no one likes that.
Be OK with alone time
You won’t always agree how to spend the time you have but you may never visit this place again, so go do what you want! A true friend will not be offended. Plus, alone time is healthy, especially if you’ve been hanging out with the same people for an extended period of time! Time apart gives you all something to talk about. Always have ways to stay in contact, and tell your friends where you will be for safety reasons and peace of mind. If you are solo and are with new friends you have just met, arrange another meeting if you can, but if destiny decrees that you must part ways, so be it. End things on a good note.
Have your buddy’s back!
Traveling is not inherently dangerous (I’ve felt safer traveling than I have in many places in my home country), but when on vacation, people tend to leave their brains at home. People are bound to wander off, lose their stuff, unwittingly break laws, get ripped off, drink too much, and/or flirt with the wrong person. We’ve all done stupid things, but it’s usually ok because we have someone looking out for us. Pull your buddy back from a disastrous mistake and help them out if it’s too late. Do the right thing.