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You don't have to do this for every meal, activity, or even day, but try to put aside a bit of time to take a couple of group photos, with everyone in the shot! You will treasure these photos for years after your vacation.
Or, just post them on Instagram, whatever makes you happy.
Whether you are a group of friends or a group of couple friends, it's important to put aside time for people to do their own activities and to get some time for themselves.
This gives everyone a chance to rest for the next adventure! Some friends might prefer to take a nap in the day, while another friend might prefer time to do a workout.
Couples who are vacationing with friends might appreciate a romantic dinner or excursion on their own once or twice. If you mix up group and solo activities, everyone can spend their vacation doing what they love.
Plus, if you are all together every second, you might run out of new things to talk about!
As a recent article in Forbes online put it, "Not every activity needs to be a group activity."
This is a bit like the above point, but it's important for group harmony.
If you would rather sit by the pool than go to an art gallery, let your friends know you'll catch up at dinner. You'll be better company if you are happy and relaxed than dragging your feet!
Planning a trip is part of the fun! Meet before the trip to talk broadly about what kind of vacation everyone is hoping for. This will really help to make sure that everyone can get the kind of vacation that they want.
Maybe one friend wants to spend a good chunk of time sitting on the beach, while another wants to explore and sight-see. Talking about it ahead means no surprises while travelling!
You can also make the larger decisions about the trip while together in person to discuss it, ideally.
Because who wants to talk about money while on vacation? For ultimate harmony, Sonia Prades in an interview for Hindustan Times suggests that you work out a fair split of the major expenses; accommodation, transportation, and groceries.
Other expenses, such as entertainment, drinks, and restaurants, should be individual expenses, not group expenses.
Keeping friends is easy when you don't split every cheque!
Don't worry, be happy! Tell yourself that anytime you feel a bit annoyed that one friend seems to tip less, or eat more, or whatever annoying quirks.. Just remind yourself that you're on vacation, so you will not let little things bug you!
If you don't like a behaviour of one of your travel companions, just be the bigger person and lead by positive example!
Be the friend you want to have - and that includes extra patience sometimes!