I’m always the friend who’s planning the next adventure. Whether it’s a day trip to LA, a week long roadtrip, or a full-blown international adventure, the logistics of the whole thing usually falls on my shoulders.
Which is fine, because although I feel like I’m going insane sometimes (in between route mishaps, budget struggles, and a general lack of communication), I still get a kick out of it. For me, planning a trip is almost as satisfying as being on one.
However, it’s a lot of damn work. Anyone who’s ever taken the responsibility of planning a trip into their hands knows. Even in a simple roadtrip, a lot of coordination is necessary to make it happen.
Here’s some things to keep in mind:
- Communication is KEY: Whether you’re going with your best friend or a group of acquaintances, the number one thing that needs to stay consistent in planning a trip is constant communication. Make sure everyone involved knows where you’re going, when, and how. This seems too simple to state, but you’d be surprised of how many times it was our day of departure and no one in the group knew who was even driving! Meet in person or create a group text, just make sure everyone knows exactly what’s going on.
- Be Vigilant: If someone isn’t holding up their end of rule number 1, hunt them down and make sure they give you some sort of response, or kick ’em out. In traveling, it’s important to be kind and understanding, but if a member of your group won’t give you the time of day when you’re putting hours of work into planning an amazing trip, they don’t deserve to be on it, plain and simple.
- STAY CALM: It will all be worth it in the end: Remember, this is a vacation. Don’t overstress, because the point of taking a trip is to have fun. Let the chips fall where they may, and allow for some free-time and spontaneity in your itinerary. No matter what, you’re traveling, so you will have an amazing time, and all the work you put into planning will just be that much more sweet and empowering once you finally hit the road.