How not to be unfriended? Find out if you’re annoying to travel with
Because buddies that travel together usually end up hating each other
In season six of Friends, Joey and Phoebe went on a road trip that didn’t go as well as planned. Two notable things happened: they picked up a drifter (NOT ADVISABLE, IN NEON ALL CAPS) and Joey sang Space Oddity as an apology to Phoebe after they fought.
Fighting with friends while traveling is not confined to sitcom-land, though. Real life bust-ups are sometimes even wackier, scarier, and, when things get really out of hand, irreparable.
The Golden Rule when traveling with friends is to be considerate. (That should actually be The Golden Rule of life, but that discussion is for another time.) Being considerate comes naturally to those who can grasp the concept of basic human decency and those who genuinely like their friends. But a few reminders won’t hurt, so here are a few tips on how to pass the ultimate test of friendship.
Bathroom etiquette. Seriously. This is important stuff. Don’t hog all the towels. Always flush. If you’re a guy, please aim. If you’re a girl, please dispose of your napkins and tampons properly. No one wants to see that sh*t. Alone time or quiet time is important to some people, so try not to be in their faces all the time. If you’re going on a long trip, it’s actually better if you set aside a day for yourself or at least time off from each other. You don’t want to get sick of each other too soon.
At the end of the day, the beauty of having friends is that you can always look back and laugh together. And if you finish the trip without committing murder, then congratulations, you just passed an important rite of passage of any barkada!
If you’re at the point in your friendship where you’re planning trips together, you probably know each other pretty well. Remind yourself of what pisses your friends off and try not to push those buttons (maybe that death stare is a clue). Hopefully, they will do the same for you.
Sometimes no matter how hard you try, things will go wrong. Traveling does bring out the best and worst in us. Moods might clash without prompting, and luck might not be on your side from time to time. Just always remember that things could be much worse (see:
Hostel, 2005, Eli Roth), and if all else fails, do a Joey and try singing David Bowie.
There’s a very good chance that at some point in your travels, you will get lost—do not panic. Or maybe panic a little, but do not yell at each other. No one likes getting yelled at.
If you’re a morning person, then good for you because truly, you are better than most of us. But may we request a little leeway to be grumpy before noon? It’s nothing against you, it’s just something against the sun.