5 Differences Travelling With Friends vs Family

 

5 Differences Travelling With Friends vs Family

 


1. ALCOHOL

With friends:

Friends VS Family: drinking
What happens on vacay, stays in vacay

With family:

Friends VS Family: drinking

You are always underage to your parents. Even when you are 30, on vacation with your parents and your kids.

Friends VS Family: travel
You might resort to this

2. SHOPPING

With friends:

Friends VS Family: shopping

You start combing the shops from the time they open and are the last to leave. You probably set a new record on your phone’s step counter

With family:

Friends VS Family: shopping
Your dad’s face after 30 minutes, in your first shop

Your mother needs to rest. Your brother is hungry. Your father loses his patience. The tour guide gave you 45 minutes.


3. EXPLORING THE GLORIOUS NIGHT LIFE

With friends:

Friends VS Family: partying

With family:

Friends VS Family: nightlife
You go home and tell your friends Vegas has a non-existent night life

4. ACCOMMODATION

With friends:

Friends VS Family: accomodation
Because it took you years to save up for your grad trip

You would sacrifice comfort for food, experience, attractions, etc. All you need is a decent place to crash after a long day. Besides, a youth hostel is way more happening.

With family:

Friends VS Family: hotel
Your parents spend more time with the bed than with the city

Because when you travel with family, you travel in comfort.


5. ITINERARY

With friends:

Friends VS Family: tours

You go free and easy, you tailor make your itinerary, and you might even make up impromptu plans as you go. The one thing you and your friends avoid is a commercial tour.

With family:

Friends VS Family: itinerary
“15 minutes photo op time. Chop chop!”

The tour bus: where you spend most of your time bonding. Your parent’s idea of a perfect holiday is to book an all-in 8D7N tour of Japan. Meals, accommodation, transport, informative tour guide, all settled and planned out for them with the least amount of effort and time needed.


Is it better to go on holiday with friends or family? There are certainly perks to both. You could have the best trip ever if you choose the right friends that share the same interest and travelling style as you. Or, you could possibly come back enemies for life.

With family, you’ve lived with them for life and know their traits. If your dad is prone to getting hangry, let him get his meals on time. Also, in an itinerary fight with your sibling, your parents will be there to decide (because they paid for the trip, you and your siblings don’t have any decision making power).

While it is tempting to choose your friends over your family, keep in mind that your parents are growing older by the day. There will come a time where it would be too taxing for them to travel to many places in future.

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