It’s such a tempting idea: You’ve been friends for months, years or even decades, and you both love travel. You’ve shared stories and photos from your voyages. It seems natural to plan a trip together, and you’re both excited at the prospect.
The problem? Having a friend and traveling with a friend are two entirely different matters. Once you start globe-trotting, your BFF relationship may hit snags, forcing you to become frenemies or to ditch the partnership altogether.
Before getting married, couples discuss their goals, desires, which compromises they are willing to make, and where and how they want to live. Before traveling together, friends should have the same kinds of discussions to determine if they are compatible and to obviate painful revelations once they hit the road.
What you need to find out about each other’s travel style is simple. But it can make the difference between a dream vacation and a relationship nightmare.