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Tips on staying friends even after your holiday.

Travelling with friends for the first time is like going on a first date. You have to mull over the same things – what to wear, what to do and whether you have picked the right people to do this with. 

It may sound fun but sometimes, it can be the fastest way to end a friendship. Oh, and unlike a first date, you can't fake an emergency and leave early.

So here are three tips to ensure your friendship survives a trip together!

1. Discuss your expectations

A difference in expectations can completely ruin a trip. You may want to spend the trip partying till 3am and sleeping till 5pm while your friend may expect a fully packed itinerary that begins at 8am everyday.

The easiest way to keep everyone happy is to find out what everyone wants to do. A great way to do this is to set and share your travel goals before the trip. Do you want to learn about the destination's culture, explore nature, enjoy the nightlife or just relax by the beach all day?

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Fights over not keeping the bathroom dry or clothes all over the floor can be avoided simply by talking about your habits beforehand.

You should definitely discuss your lifestyle habits as well. Being aware of and understanding each other's habits and travel styles can make living together a lot easier.

2. The much-needed budget conversation

You may be travelling with friends who have different financial abilities. This can lead to awkwardness when people end up in the red because the rest of the group constantly eats out at expensive places or splurges on activities.

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It might be uncomfortable to talk about budget with your friends but at least you will avoid any money-related fights during your trip.
 

Agreeing to split expenses like accommodation and flights beforehand is good. At least you will not have to remind friends that they have yet to pay their share.

Consider setting up a shared fund for the trip. This would help to free up time when paying for things like group meals or entrance fees.

3. Don't sweat the small stuff 

Remember that you are friends. Letting go of the small annoyances will ensure your trip and friendship is not ruined by something insignificant.

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You are there to enjoy the time with your friends. Don't ruin your friendship over trivial disagreements.

Have fun and enjoy the sights. And if you really need me time, it is ok to split up for a short period during the trip. It may even help you cherish the moments you spend together.

PHOTO CREDITS: YOUTH.SG/ARIELE TAN