You have planned the perfect trip! Now to decide who will be coming along. The outcome of a group trip is always a toss up. It can go really good or really bad. If you’re someone’s “plus one” on a trip, whether it’s a friend or significant other, it can add another element of uncertainty of the vibe of the trip. I’ve had my fair share of good and bad group trips, and if you travel enough you’ll find yourself saying the same thing. Trying to avoid chaos? Here’s 7 examples of those friends you should maybe think about leaving at home.
1. High Maintenance Hannah
Hannah is the friend that everyone is waiting on to leave the hotel/AirBnB. She is typically more concerned about what she wants to do as opposed to what the group wants to do. She does little things like changes the AC every night because “that’s how she has to have it because that’s how it is in her house.” You love Hannah but you also know you don’t have the patients on vaca to worry about her every wish.
2. Drama Queen Debby
As the saying goes, “Save the drama for ya momma.” This may be the worst kind of friend to take on a trip because she’ll suck the fun out of it. Trips are supposed to be about trying new things, adventure, relaxation and having fun. Debby is like a recking ball through all of that. If she’s not having fun, no one is. The drama starts from the moment y’all hit the airport until the time you depart. Do yourself and your group a favor, leave her at the crib.
3. Cheap Chloe & Luxury Lauren
This one is a two sided coin because both can get out of hand. Chloe isn’t wrong for wanting to be economical but she excuses herself from all excursions and impromptu events. It’s almost like she isn’t even part of the group and can bring the morale of the whole group down. She’s only doing what’s free or is included in what she spent already. Lauren on the other hand wants everything top of line. She’s the friend that if she got bumped up to First Class she’d take it in an instant and say, “See you when we land.” She may try to push expensive activities or dinners on the other guest when they are not able to spend the same amount and cause tension within the group. That is the last thing you want.
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4. Stressed Stephanie
Stress is contagious and Stephanie isn’t stopping until everyone is just as stressed as her ... on vacation! Steph may be the friend that isn’t used to traveling and that’s what’s causing her stress. If that’s the case, try to ease her mind. Reguardless, she has to know the exact itinerary of everyday or she’ll freak out. If one thing changes she’s asking a million questions a minute but not actually finding a resolution or alternative. Steph will eventually get under everyone’s skin in the group and that’s something you don’t need half way across the world.
5. Complaining Charlie
Charlie has this amazing gift of finding a problem with any and everything and sometimes everyone. She’s not happy with her seat on the plane, the hotel looks smaller than the pictures and this food is just “Not it.” Charlie is also the one always asking to speak to a manager and is likely to make a scene.
6. Picky Eater Patty
With all of the new found vegetarians and vegans, this group of friends is getting bigger and bigger. These are the extreme ones that checks the menu of every restaurant you mention and says no if they don’t have a specific vegetarian/vegan portion. Patty is also the friend that wouldn’t try street food in a million years and thinks everywhere that isn’t up to American restaurant standards shouldn’t even be in the conversation. If you’re someone that loves to dive deep into cultures, especially their cuisine, she is not the travel partner for you.
7. Sloppy Drunk Sarah
Sarah is the lit friend that’s great to go out with once a week once a month. That one night provides enough excitement to keep you covered. She’s the one that wakes up and says, “You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning.” You always have to watch how much she’s drinking and make sure she’s not talking to any creeps. Doing it one night once a month is no big deal but every night of your trip? You might want to think that one out.
I’m not here to discourage group trips at all! They can be a ton of fun but so much of the success of a group trip depends on the people that are on it. Have the best time you could imagine in a new place while having both fun and relaxation. Look forward to the opposite of this blog post with the best kinds of friends to go on trips with!