How to Travel with your Best Friend (and have a great time)

Travelling with your Bestie | Tips and Tricks
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As someone who is now so used to travelling on my own (six years and counting), I will be completely transparent and say that the thought of spending an extended period of time in someone else’s pocket is slightly daunting to me. A few days or a week? No worries. But three weeks straight with one of my besties (Jessie) in Barcelona, Iceland and New York… suffice it so say I was a little nervous in the lead up to our trip!

If you are also having second thoughts or are feeling a little anxious about spending 24 hours a day with your best friend travelling, then I’ve got some great tips to help make it a really enjoyable time – all tried and tested!

Choose a destination with plenty to see and do

So you’ve got your bestie, you’ve got your passport, but its now time to decide where and what will the two of you get up to on your adventures. When travelling with other people it is always important to make sure that the destination is of interest to the two of you.

Take for example a handful of friends I have travelled with in the past who don’t enjoy museums, art or culture. In my case I love to immerse myself in to history and art, so I wouldn’t choose to visit a destination like Paris if I don’t have a plus one who wants to come and explore the Louvre.

It is also a great head start if you pick a destination with lots to offer both of your interests. Say if you do decide Paris is your destination, then you’ll be spoiled for choice with endless options to keep you busy in such a big, vibrant city. Its hard to have disagreements and butt heads when you’re in a city that offers you so much.

Don’t Be Afraid to take a few hours to yourself

Even though you’re travelling together, it is still okay (and in fact really healthy) to spend some time alone. On our trip through Barcelona, it was important for me to take the occasional run by myself or even spend some time at a cafe catching up on work, rather than living in each other’s pockets the entire time.

As much fun as it is to have your plus one with you, keeping up the intense energy can sometimes be quite draining! Don’t forget to listen to how you feel (tired, hungry, etc.) and know when to take some time to do you.

Choose a destination with plenty of vitamin D to keep your spirits high

As much as I love winter destinations and layering up with a hot cocoa in hand, sometimes you just need a little Vitamin D to boost your spirits! Travelling through Spring and Summer I always notice my mood is elevated, even more so when travelling with friends. Picking a tropical destination or a taking a trip over the European summer makes it impossible not to have a great time.

Travelling with your Bestie | Tips and Tricks

Keep in Mind Why you Chose them in the First Place!

Don’t forget they’re your bestie for a reason! Spending a lot of time with one other person in often high-stress situations can be a little testing at times, but you’ve just gotta remember why the two of you are there in the first place. While I love solo travel and have had some great adventures on my own the past six years, there’s nothing that can compare with exploring a city or town with a friend in tow, experiencing a new culture together. My favourite part about our trip was the end of day debriefs, discussing all we had achieved that day… just remember you don’t get that when you’re alone!


Over to you – have you ever travelled with a friend and said “never again” at the end of a trip or “Hell yeah!” the whole way through? Sound off in the comments!

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    June 19, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Hi Brooke
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    June 18, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    I lean toward being without anyone else while voyaging, yet my closest companion is the main individual do I do love being with. We generally have the best time abroad

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    June 15, 2018 at 8:42 pm

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    June 14, 2018 at 3:58 pm

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    June 10, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    I love travelling with my best friend. Your post is really amazing. Thanks for the article. I am now planning to go for a trip with my best friend.

    Taaza Tadka
    June 10, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    I totally agree it’s healthy to spend a bit of time on your own too though. No matter how close you are with someone, you need some time to recharge on your own

    June 7, 2018 at 4:39 pm

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    June 4, 2018 at 8:28 pm

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    June 4, 2018 at 6:56 am

    This is such good advice and I definitley agree with taking your own time, especially if it’s a long trip 🙂

    June 3, 2018 at 9:38 am

    I’m very picky about the people I travel with. I need to know them quite well to best estimate their travel style!

    June 3, 2018 at 1:17 am

    I love traveling with friends, but I’ve been three weeks to Bali with a friend and found out that we really do not match while we travel. Kinda sad, but we are too different to spend that much time together! Very excited to travel with other friends at the end of this year to London and Madrid 🙂

    May 30, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Nice post.

    May 30, 2018 at 1:15 am

    I love traveling with friends but sometimes no matter how good the friend they just are not a good match for a travel buddy! It’s important to keep that in mind so it doesn’t hurt the friendship.. it’s ok if you don’t click as travel partners! I love the tip about taking alone time. There is nothing wrong with saying, “Hey I need an hour to unwind alone!” Although it may feel awkward at first, you are friends right? They will get it!

    Velysia Zhang
    May 29, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    It’ll probably hard for me since I have traveled solo most of the time. I’d love to have a travel partner including a friend, I think I should try your suggestion. Thanks!

    May 29, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Laugh until you cry. Share everything, from your toothpaste to your innermost fears. Love her and compliment her and cherish every moment with her. Chances are, if you travel together well, you’ll be best friends for life.

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    Maria (or Summer as my friends call me)
    May 29, 2018 at 12:45 am

    Hello from Greece! Oh it always seems hard to travel with other people! Loved your tips and ideas. We had a nice but rather short trip with my girlfriends and appreciated to have some alone time as you said, we also had loads of vitamin C (Greek sunny summer spent in a gorgeous island). Offering space, being honest and compassionate are the top three common secrets to happy traveling with friends!

    May 28, 2018 at 11:59 pm

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    The Stylish Traveler
    May 28, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    I did 8 months backpacking with my best friend and it was the most magical time. When you find the right person to travel with everything works so well!

    Allegra xx

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    Prem Singh
    May 28, 2018 at 3:41 pm

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    Amber Primdahl
    May 28, 2018 at 8:39 am

    I’m so picky about who I travel with. I only have one friend that I am 100% comfortable traveling with, so we try to do a trip together each year, but other than that I prefer solo travel 🙂

    Ivana Split
    May 27, 2018 at 12:37 am

    I once went on a vacation with my girlfriend, I felt bad about leaving my husband behind, but at the same time I had a nice time. We went to visit my grandmother and parents, so I also got to spend time with the family.

    May 26, 2018 at 11:29 am

    My best friend and I went to Italy for just over a week a few summers back and we both really appreciate our alone time so it was definitely a bit of a test! We found that anticipating a few arguments, and not letting them ruffle you, is one of the best ways to prepare for spending a lot of time in close quarters!


    Saakshi Kumaraswamy
    May 26, 2018 at 2:31 am

    This is simply so exciting. My best friend and I have long term goals of travelling together. Can’t wait! Thanks for the advice. 🙂

    Eve Jones
    May 25, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    A vacation is all we need to freshen up our minds and its great how you have given us major bff travelling goals. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Great Blog!

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    May 25, 2018 at 3:25 pm

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    May 25, 2018 at 4:40 am

    I’m the complete opposite! I found a great group of four girls to travel with and everywhere I’ve gone, we’ve gone together and had the times of our lives. I really want to try a solo trip though to test myself and see how it would be different!

    May 24, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    I loved following along on you and Jessie’s trip on Instagram!
    So far, I’ve been lucky when it comes to travelling with friends! A lot of the time they let me do the planning haha. I totally agree it’s healthy to spend a bit of time on your own too though. No matter how close you are with someone, you need some time to recharge on your own. I think my next friend trip will be someone in Europe because I’m moving to London in a few months! Barcelona looks like a great spot to go!

    May 24, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    I prefer being on my own while traveling, but my best friend is the only person do I do love being with. We always have the best time abroad

    Tosh Bene
    May 24, 2018 at 12:18 am

    Definitely have experienced BOTH of these feelings. Hell yea with just me and my BFF. We had an epic time together, we always do, but Oh F%$K no to a group of girls. ugh. That was tough, although we still had great times and made awesome memories, it was a certain one or two people that I knew right there and then that I could NEVER handle travelling with again. LMAO I hope they don’t read your blog! HAHAHA

    May 23, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Good pointers, Brooke. I usually travel alone most of the time. When I traveled for a weekend with some friends to the Coast, I had a great time, I was surprised since it wasn’t something I was used to. Maybe the Vitamin D and the fact that we all love the white sandy beach destination was a great factor!

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    Taste of France
    May 23, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    I just wrote about traveling with my entire family to Italy (14 people, ages 2-76). For us, the key to happiness was having a kind of bucket list of things we all wanted to do. We didn’t have a strict schedule–we could choose indoor things on rainy days and the beach on a warm, sunny day. We also allowed lots of time for just relaxing–it’s one reason to stay someplace really nice and that feels like your destination (vs. a nondescript place decorated with the same Ikea furniture you find around the globe), so even taking a break feels productive.
    I’ve done long trips with a couple of friends in Europe and we had the same system–some things we wanted to see as guideposts and then we mostly just went with the flow.

    May 23, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    I have a date to travel with you but not done yet

    May 23, 2018 at 6:35 am

    I love traveling with my husband but sometimes its fun to just go with a girlfriend!