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20 Amazing Reasons Why You Should Go Traveling With Your Best Friends

20 Amazing Reasons Why You Should Go Traveling With Your Best Friends

Some say our friends can be closer to us than family. At crucial points this may sound true – friends make the most of the times we spend together with them… No wonder we share some amazing and memorable times with them! Going on a trip with a friend could unleash excitement that was holed up in you for a long time.

1. They make sure you stick to your budget

It could be because traveling gets cheaper in groups, or that you and your friends have to split costs. However, when you travel with friends the financial responsibility isn’t a burden for you alone.

2. You have various things to do

You could be stifled with doing things just your own way when you travel alone. But with friends you are not stuck to doing things a single way.

3. You can act as stupid as you want

From taking that selfie of ridiculous poses, to acting weird as a group in your hotel room or lobby, traveling with friends brings out the real and wild person in you.

4. You are excited about the journey

Traveling with friends can get you all pumped up and freaking excited. You are eager and all set up days, weeks or even months in advance.

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5. It is an adventure from the moment you meet

The adventure doesn’t begin when you arrive at your destination. Rather, it starts when you and your friends connect or rendezvous for the trip.

6. There is so much to talk about during the trip

You have so much to discuss about, and it sorts of helps to pass the time and get you into each other’s business.

7. Experiencing new things with your friend is phenomenal

The pictures you take, the experience and the destinations you uncover, and the insights you garner are exciting and will always be memorable. This could always be a talking point for you and your friend during discussions.

8. There will be more risks with your friends

Friends are eager and want to try new things. With your friends you take on more risks and go beyond borders to making each other happy.

9. You will share the same opinion

With your friends there really is no generational gap, you have the same ideas on how things should be done. Your perspectives are not distant.

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10. Traveling with your friends offer surprises

The truth is that the trip could go any way and that adds to the surprise. The spontaneity of events can shock you!

11. You can engage in activities meant for groups

Activities such as camping, rafting and trekking are best enjoyed with your friends.

12. Your night is like your day

With friends there is no sleeping early. There is so much activity to accomplish that you will need the night to plug into some of the fun available.

13. Traveling with your friends makes you know them better

Traveling with friends make you discover those things you really didn’t know about your friends. You see them from a different perspective and this will make you appreciate them the more.

14. Traveling with friends makes you reconnect with them

Let’s face it, we all live busy lives but traveling with friends kind of brings you back together.

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15. Traveling with friends will bring back memories

With friends you remember a lot of things from the past as you joke about almost anything. Traveling with friends offers you periods of reflection.

16. They prompt you into self-examination

While traveling with friends you can see yourself from your friend’s eyes and self-examine yourself appropriately. They push you and get you into understanding yourself better.

17. They will be the best persons to get you out of a messy situation

There will be situations that could get out of hand when on a trip. Who is the most ideal person that could help you out of it? Definitely people that know you best and have your interest at heart.

18. You are more aware when you travel with friends

Traveling with friends endeavors you to have a clearer picture of how important your friends are and that they will always have your back in many situations. Life is a struggle and through some of the silliness you will know if your friends will support you or not.

19. You carry a fragment of home with you

With traveling, there could be some home sickness. You are in an unfamiliar territory and you wish you were at home snuggled up in bed. With friends around you, you have a piece of home with you that could offer some comfort and reassurance.

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20. Traveling with friends provides you with the best photos in your albums

When you look at your photo album of pictures taken with friends during a trip, what do you see? You see hope, togetherness and truth. And that is enough to make you excited every now and then.

Going on a trip with friends should not be just talked about. It should be lived and experienced.

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How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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