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Traveling with Friends: A new vacation trend

August 6, 2012 | By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

If you had a choice of whom you could travel with, who would it be? If you could go on a girlfriends getaway, whom would you take?

A new online survey suggests that traveling with friends, whether it’s a mancation or girlfriend getaway, is becoming increasingly popuar. It’s not surprising: Friends don’t carry the same baggage with them as some of our relatives—and can also make travel more affordable. Read my article on LifeGoesStrong to find out more about this trend.

Hoping your summer holds some vacation time for you—even if it is only an overnighter.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Yes, impermanence is a therad what underlies this post. I do love my friends and have always assumed that our relationships would last a lifetime. It’s a difficult subject to write about let alone deal with in an up close and personal way. In time perhaps our social circles will overlap again and our friendship will be renewed. At this point I need to back away from the never-ending drama that I don’t wish to be drawn into. Life is short, so I’m letting them go with best wishes and allowing myself to truly enjoy the companionship of my other friends. Thanks so much for your support.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You have a LOT of experience traveling with friends, and you sound very positive about it. Can you tell us more tips and advice? Thank you!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Although I married, I have always traveled with my gal friends. My husband doesn’t enjoy travel so I get my travel fix with friends. We have a great time. I traveled to Europe with a co-worker several times, to Hawaii with my cousin a once with my Mother, to Mexico with a friend several times, horseback riding trips with friends from different states on many occasions, and in October I am going to Mexico again with a group of 5 gal friends. I always have fun and I’m sure my friends do too. We always come home happy!!! My husband is happy too. He doesn’t have to leave home! The secret is give and take and have a sense of humor!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Although I married, I have always traveled with my gal friends. My husband doesn’t enjoy travel so I get my travel fix with friends. We have a great time. I traveled to Europe with a co-worker several times, to Hawaii with my cousin a once with my Mother, to Mexico with a friend several times, horseback riding trips with friends from different states on many occasions, and in October I am going to Mexico again with a group of 5 gal friends. I always have fun and I’m sure my friends do too. We always come home happy!!! My husband is happy too. He doesn’t have to leave home! The secret is give and take and have a sense of humor!!

  5. Irene says:

    Yes, traveling with friends isn’t new, per se, but the confluence of demographics and economics have made this a far more popular and appealing way to travel than ever before. That was one of the points I tried to make in the original article in Life Goes Strong.

    Best, Irene 

  6. Anonymous says:

    Being single, travelling with friends is my primary mode of travelling. While it has its benefits, there are also drawbacks. Usually, by the end of the week, I’m in need of a break from my friend. I’m sure my friends often feels the same.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Not sure it is a new trend though. I think people have been traveling with friends for many years.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I agree you have to be on the same page with the people you’re traveling with: make sure it’s understood what you all want to do individually and try to let everyone do what they’d like to do. Don’t let someone play chairman of the board or Susie Sorority President and run the show. Otherwise, you’ll be dragged through museums when maybe you’d rather go hiking. I think problems with travel pals can be the same whether they’re your relatives or friends. I had a pretty good traveling pal who went to Europe with me several times when we were single and what worked was her telling me she wanted to see this and that and this and that, and me telling her what I wanted to see. We ended up having breakfast together, going our separate ways during the day, and meeting up for dinner and whatever nighttime stuff we wanted to do. It worked out very well, but when we returned, our friends in the U.S. made fun of us for “being so independent” and not sightseeing during the daytimes, too, welded at the hip. Oh, well. To each his own.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’ve always wanted to take a road trip with the girls… unfortunately, it’s never happened. Yet, that is! Thanks for this cute article! Happy Friendship Day! URL DELETED TO CONFORM WITH GUIDELINES OF THIS BLOG

  10. Anonymous says:

    I took a couple of vacations with a friend when we were both single. They were wonderful vacations, however, it’s important to be on the same page regarding how you’re going to spend free time, spending, quite times, etc. We both discussed it before the trip so it was fine, but I know others who have had disagreements while on vacation, which is no fun. Also, if you travel with a large group of friends, expect problems because not everyone wants to do the same thing. Smaller groups are better.

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