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.

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