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Travelling with friends

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EmilyW

Travelling with someone you know is a very easy way to test your friendship. Whether you hardly know someone or think you'll be best friends for life, travelling disasters mean you will quickly find out a lot about another person through the way they react. Even the boring everyday parts of travelling will reveal a new side to their personality.

I personally believe that travelling with your friends is the best way to travel! Whether this means backpacking round the world for a year, or just taking a weekend trip to a different city, I highly recommend the experience. However, there are both advantages and disadvantages.

The advantages, or upsides, of travelling with friends are quite obvious. You are guaranteed good company with someone you know you get along well with. If things go wrong, you know someone else will be there with you to help you get through it. Most people come back from travelling much closer to each other than they were before. It's also fun to create special and unique memories with someone close to you – it's a shame to spend some of the best moments of your life with complete strangers! One of the major advantages is that if you know the person you plan a trip with, you know what to expect from them – you know if they're a morning person or like to sleep late, whether they enjoy sightseeing or relaxing, and what their expectations are for the journey!

However, there can be disadvantages. Often, travelling puts you in a lot of stressful situations. For example, when I went to Morocco with my friends last year, lots of things went wrong. My bank card was swallowed by the ATM, both of my friends were very ill, we all ran out of money and we were once stuck on a bus for eleven hours! By the end of the trip we had fought quite a few times because we were all very upset and frustrated and didn't feel well. It was a shame that for a while we were so angry at each other, because it wasn't anyone's fault, but of course we ended up taking it out on each other. Another disadvantage is that if you always travel with a group of close friends, you never meet anyone else! One of the best parts of travelling is broadening your horizons by meeting different people, but if you're with people you already know you can become too comfortable and never expand your circle. Finally, fights over money can be very difficult for a friendship – it's best to know in advance what your budgets are!

Overall, I certainly think that travelling with friends is a great idea. I plan to go away on holiday this summer with my best friends from university, and I'm sure it will be a great trip. But if anything goes wrong, I will remember to relax, not get angry at anyone and not let it ruin our friendship!

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Have you ever travelled with friends? How was your experience?

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donya123 24 December, 2015 - 13:50

Unfortunely I have not travelled with my friends yet , but I would like to.travell to korea. I think it is a interessting country and it has a lots of beauty shops.I dont think if I am allowed to travell with freinds but I think I can take my sister along. It will be also fun.

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iva10 23 August, 2015 - 10:25

No i 've never traveled with my friends before only on a school trip for three days and that's all.It was pretty nice.We played in the snow and we talked to midnight.We also danced and had quizez.I was that we go again.

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Coffeenn 11 March, 2015 - 17:59

Hello, my name is Eszter and I´m from Slovakia :) I haven´t travelled with my friends because I´m only 14 years old, but I´d love to go somewhere. I were planning with my boyfriend (when we were 9 years old) to go to Mallorca.... It was so cute :3 ♥ (Just imagine: 9year old children want to go to Mallorca... :) It´s sweet, isn´t it? ♥) And I was planning with another boy to go to Australia, and buy a wombat like a pet ♥♥ Do you know wombats (they are really nice animals :) ) But now I want to travel to Japan... Shall we go together? :)
Who can I go with? :3 ♥

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HollyJolly775 18 March, 2015 - 18:03

Oh boy, a boyfriend? When you were 9? Well.. I have no idea what kind of advice i should give you, sorry (i have a sister, she's 10, im looking at her now and giggling silently) p.s. Wombats are incredibly cute, you've got a point here^_^

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Coffeenn 29 March, 2015 - 17:15

Ohh, not that kind of boyfriend... It was just a "boyfriend"... I didn´t have any serious boyfriend yet... He once huged me but it was all... You know... We were like friends :)

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anna9 11 March, 2015 - 15:49

I have never travelled somewhere with my best friends and I am so sad of that! But I think that travelling with friends is a great idea so that I wil apply it in the close future!!!

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