How to Travel Conflict-Free with your Besties

Before leaving for a six-week adventure around Europe with two of my best friends, many people asked how our dynamic was and if we’d fight. I always told everyone that we wouldn’t, but it’s hard to jump into spending 24/7 with someone and not have a single issue. For the most part, the trip was all smiles but I think that was because we all planned and communicated with each other. Heres how we survived 6 weeks issue-free!

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Each plan beforehand what is important to you to see

Each person is different and wants to see different things. Before you leave, express to your travel mates what it is you really want to see and accomplish in each city you travel to. Often times, many of those things you will have in common. Some; however, might not be on everyone’s priority list, so it is smart to make people aware and get them excited about the different things you want to see beforehand!

 

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But if you make them get up at 5:30 for a sunrise… they may still look like I did, regardless of the hype beforehand.

 

Prioritize everyone’s main goals in each city first

Pick the top things you all want to do or see and get them out of the way first, then start to rotate doing the things each individual person wants to do! It makes things fair and makes everyone happy! With good planning, everyone should complete their list.

Always ensure a constant flow of communication

This is KEY! Let your travel-mates know if you are nervous about something, homesick, physically sick or annoyed. You can either get the support you need or work out your problems before they overflow into a trip ruining argument.

Seriously though, my besties brought me Gatorade in bed and reenacted a walking tour for me when they knew I was sick and had to miss it!

When times get rocky bring in a new vibe

Funny enough, in one of the moments it felt like the tension was rising ever so slightly, we made friends with a new hostel buddy who brought new life to the trip and got us laughing and out of our funk! A new face can be just what you need!

Remember, to laugh! These are a once in a lifetime trips!

Rough patches many happen but keep laughing and exploring through it!

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Some Santorini wine helps too.

 

To see our fun trip, watch our video here:

Our Europe Adventure

5040 Peak

The 2018 summer has been nothing short of amazing. One of the most incredible trips so far was a day hike up to 5040 Peak on Vancouver Island. The 360-degree views at the top, Cobalt Lake and the STUNNING hut being built is nothing short of incredible.

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The Marion Main logging road that leads to the trail is easy to find, as it is 5km past Sutton Pass Summit on the left. However, after this, things got a bit tricky. We followed older directions that left us a bit confused. We managed to take an old trail up which was beautiful but missed the lake. Therefore, if you follow the logging road in approximately 10.4km you should find the trailhead on your left and have plenty of room for parking. The trailhead has a sign that reads 5040 Peak and is very distinct.

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This trail is steep and on a 30-degree day, it took a lot of energy… and WATER! I would recommend​ at least 2-3L of water, a first aid kit, snacks and a bug spray. We also brought a GPS, which came in handy on the old trail we took.

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BEWARE: Vancouver Island is incredibly fortunate​ to have spectacular​ wildlife. Running into wildlife on a trail like this is not rare. Respect any animal (or plant life) you come across and educate yourself on how to be safe in a situation like this. Our group saw a sweet black bear on the logging road.