Travelling with a friend

Have you ever been on a road trip with your best friend? I mean a proper road trip, not just a quick weekend away.

Over the past 6 months I’ve been on the most incredible adventure with my best friend. Even though I felt like there’s nothing I don’t know about him, this road trip definitely ensured that we know everything there is to know about each other.

When we think about a road trip, we tend to glamourise it (or is that just me?). Like back in school when you went on holiday with your family and you were listening to someone else’s music and staring out of the car window imagining you’re in a music video. Okay, I know I’m not the only person who did this… 

Well, over these past 6 months we’ve travelled all over South Africa to find the best destinations, hidden gems and to see first-hand if a facility is up to Go Adventure’s standard. The truth is, the first two months were fun and felt like an action-packed adventure, but then month three came along and it reality hit me. We’ve been in each other’s space for 2 months now. 24 hours a day.

How to Keep Sane While Travelling with a Friend (from someone who learned the hard way):

  1. Pick the right friend (Imagine they only listen to Nickelback.)
  2. You don’t have to do everything together, work in some of that “me” time. (It could be as easy as sitting by the pool, reading a few pages in the bath, going for a walk)
  3. Communication (State your boundaries, maybe you’re not as enthusiastic for a Chatty Cathy at 6am. Remember, you’re sharing this trip with someone else, they may have different expectations than you.)
  4. Respect (Don’t be kak, be lekker. Make sure you don’t get so comfortable with them that you lose your manners.)

The top 4 tips are from our experience and personally, I don’t think you’ll get better advice than that. Communication is key in all relationships. Don’t be scared to say you need to be alone for a bit, your friend might surprise you and be grateful because they also need some alone time.

Respect each other by understanding when someone wants to be alone or respect their choice in not wanting to do a certain activity. If your friend doesn’t want to do something, don’t try and make them feel bad by “joking”. It will eventually just end up in a fight.

I hope this helps you and your future adventures with your friends.

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Go Adventure!

The Dynamic Duo