Group travel done right
Our tips and tricks for focusing on the fun, not logistics

It’s been said that if you really want to get to know a person, travel together.

Group dynamic
This can play a big part in determining where to go. It may sound obvious but make sure that the travellers will get along well together. It’s been said that if you really want to get to know a person, travel together. It’s a revealing kind of time; you see a new side of a person as they leave behind their routines and are placed out of their comfort zone. So it’s always a good idea to travel you’re your best friends. Even something potentially mind-numbing like a 36-hour bus trip in the South American wilderness can be an opportunity for hilarity and adventure. The great thing about your best friends is that they know how to make you laugh, and can keep you entertained for hours.

Communication is key
A group dynamic is a fickle, delicate thing. Don’t let things fester. Don’t let things build up. I’ve seen this happen and it’s toxic. A presumed slight, a mistake on a check, any number of things can seem like an issue but digging deeper, aren’t. Guys especially aren’t usually accustomed to talking frankly to their friends. A calm but awkward discussion is ALWAYS better than a fiery argument. This is why Bondai includes a built-in chat room including payment split features, which will inevitably minimise friction.

Trust me on that one.

Not every activity needs to be a group activity
Just because you’re traveling together, doesn’t mean you need to do everything together. In fact, the best groups I’ve travelled with often did do things separately. Not every day of course, but every few days. It made for lively conversation at dinner.

If you can be flexible, do (go with the flow)
The problem when traveling with friends is that the mechanism for compromise isn’t as ingrained as it is with a spouse (presumably). Also, somebody is going to be a little more of a finicky eater, a little more squeamish about accommodations, a little more worried about money.

So if you can compromise, do. Stand ground when you need to, but being more like water and going with the flow will make everything go smoother. This is probably the single biggest change for me that made my travels with friends better. It’s also a lot easier for me to be this way since I travel all the time and if I miss something I kinda wanted to do, I can just go back.

Don’t focus on pennies
Money is the cause of more arguments among friends than probably anything else. If you let yourself fixate on a few dollars here and there, it’s going to ruin your trip, and if it blows up into something, risk everyone’s trip. Unless someone is obviously and knowingly skimming or cheating… well wait, why are you traveling with that person to begin with? This is why we are including our own payment split feature on Bondai, where all things money will be transparent.