For me my first holiday without my parents came at the end of A Levels. I was 18, and me and three friends booked a holiday to the glamorous resort of Magaluf. Yes, I went on one of those holidays. One that involved living a nocturnal life filled with sunshine, cheap jelly shots and super clubs. I had an amazing time. It was my first real taste of freedom before heading off to University. And a chance to spend two whole weeks with my three best friends. Since then I’ve managed to see so much of the world with my friends and also my family. But as with most holidays, you don’t get to know people until you travel with them. So here are the six things you learn when you go on holiday with friends or family.
You’ll get to know your friends and family better than you thought possible
Although my friends and I had known each throughout school, going on that holiday really deepened our relationship. As it can with your family members. When you spend 24 hours a day together for two weeks, you really get to know someone’s habits and quirks. And some of them can be quite annoying!
You’ll have some great stories to share
My friends and I still reminisce and laugh about our adventures in Magaluf, Thailand, Mexico, Budapest…. You get the picture. Every trip has included a funny story of two. From the time we accidentally checked into an ‘adults’ only hotel in Mexico (no it wasn’t intentional) to appearing as an extra in a Hungarian movie in Budapest.
You’ll get on each other’s nerves
It’s only natural. Spending all that time together with friends or your family will naturally lead to petty arguments. You just need to learn to let the little things go, remember they’re your best friend or your parent and have a little break on your own during the holiday if you need to.
You’ll get to experience something new together
Whether you’re relaxing in a luxury Villa from Tots to Travel Canary Islands with your family, or Elephant trekking through Thailand with your best friend, getting to experience something new together which will bring you closer together.
You’ll learn what you’re good at
For me my best friend is the planner. She’s great at organising and booking the holiday. Me, I’m better at researching which restaurants to go to, which bars to try out and which sights to see. Our holidays work well because we’ve learnt over the years which jobs we do best.
You’ll be ready to take on anything after the holiday
Whether you miss your flight, need to find a Doctor in a remote location or accidentally find yourself in a dodgy hotel in Mexico, holidaying together with your friends and overcoming a travel disaster, means you can make it through anything together.
What have you learnt from holidaying with friends or family?