Keeping your saneness intact when travelling with friends

Vacationing with friends does not sound too stressful but it can be miserable if the travel plans are not executed in a proper manner. It has been observed that travelling plans may go awry by nagging friends, companions who often complain, and even noisy family members. The following steps will help in avoiding pitfalls of going insane when travelling with friends and these are:

  • Choosing travel partners or friends carefully- It is very important to choose your company of friends wisely and make sure that you are compatible with the friends with whom you are planning to travel and that you have similar interests and tastes. It is important to discuss your travel plans with each other. Traveling with like minded friends and achieving a right balance is an important part of picking friends with whom to travel with as per the views expressed by Meryl Pearlstein – a veteran travel blogger.
  • Do decide on budget- The most important reason for tensions among friends while travelling is money. It does not matter if you and your friends are in the same tax bracket and it also does not mean that your friends would also like to spend money on travel the same way as you are thinking.  Some people who can afford five star accommodations may think that it is waste of money as they are only going to sleep there, whilst for others their stay is a part of travel experience that they are looking forward to the most.   It is also important to bear in mind to have a clear decision about who will be paying for what. Things to budget for include groceries, parking garages, cleaning supplies, resort fees, park admissions, event tickets, eating out etc.

More Americans on travelling spree are hitting the road for holidays

The summer travel season is heating up with more and more Americans travelling by road in their cars with stable gas prices. The U.S airline industry is expecting a decline in the holiday travelers by air as more Americans prefer to travel by road.

A U.S. airline industry’s trade group is forecasting about 43.3 million travelers during these twenty one days surrounding the Christmas and New Years Eve. This amounts to one percent drop from the same period last year. Independent studies do suggest that the gap maybe even greater among leisure travelers.

For instance during the Memorial Day holiday about 30.7 million Americans drove to their destinations while only 2.5 million flew according to a DK Shifflet and Associates survey that conducts road studies for American Automobile Association or AAA. During Christmas and New Years holiday about 83.5 million drove by road and just 5.4 million went to their destinations by plane.

The road trip is expected to cost more than a year ago with gas prices that rose during the winter and early spring in 2012 to about $4 a gallon. Travel industry observers expected that the normal summer price rise hike would scare the consumers away from long drive trips but the gas price hike did not happen and therefore Americans are not worried about the consequences of price hike in July and August. It is estimated that only 17 percent are holding off their travel plans and are waiting to see whether the gas prices would come down or not, while the rest have made their plans of hitting the roads.


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