I love to travel with my girlfriends but every friend you have can’t be your traveling buddy. Let me know if you can identify any of your friends in this travel squad.
1. Ms. I’ll pay you back when I get my check next week.
This friend is always ready to book a trip. The problem is, she has to wait for her unemployment or tax return check before she can pay for her flight. When you reach your destination, she only orders an appetizer and water hoping you will share your food. She will find something that she doesn’t like about the restaurant. This is done in order to avoid paying a tip. Before the trip is complete, she will run out of money and ask to borrow $50, knowing that she can’t repay you until 2 weeks later.
Advice: Inform her in advance that she may starve or be forced to stay in the room if she does not spend her money wisely. You do not have extra funds to loan her.
2. Ms. I love Bae so Much.
You are planning an all-girls trip and she wants to bring her boyfriend. You tell her,” No, we are not bringing sand to the beach”. While on vacation she calls and Facetime’s her boyfriend ever couple hours. At the day party, she refuses to engage with any other males and appears bothered that anyone would dare try to talk to her. She wants to go back to the room early to call him before he goes to bed.
Advice: Leave her at home and tell her to plan a trip with bae next time.
3. Ms. I’m on my way but doesn’t arrive for another 45 minutes.
This is the friend who you call several times to make sure they are on their way. They often arrive an hour before the plane is scheduled for departure. When it is time to leave the hotel room, they take the longest shower, has to apply a full face of makeup and takes their time leaving the room, having everyone waiting for them to arrive to go to the next destination. When it’s time to go out at night, everyone has to wait for her because she has to pick out the perfect outfit, iron and do her hair.
Advice: Remind her that the crew will leave her if she is not ready at the designated time.
4. Ms. Adventure Planner
They are very organized and a detailed itinerary can be found on a Google drive. She wakes up opening blinds in the hotel room and starts brewing coffee for the whole team. Ms. AP has activities planned from 6 am- until midnight. She is an adrenaline junkie, planning various excursions such as skydiving, parasailing, riding camels, etc. At night she knows the best local spots to hang out. You can appreciate the planner but she is energizer bunny that is doing too much. You love your friend but you wish she would calm down because she is slightly dancing on your nerves.
Advice: Do what you can, you have to know your limits.
5. Ms. Travel Ho
Do you remember Ludacris song “Area Codes”? The lyrics say, “I’ve got hoes in different area codes”. Do you have a girlfriend who always finds a new boo on every trip and tells you not to wait up for her? You are always worried that she will land a starring role in the movie Taken #3. Thankfully, the next morning she shows back up with the group, glowing and ready for a new day’s adventure.
Advice: Tell her she shouldn’t run off with every island boo because everything that glitter is not gold.
6. Ms. Complainer
This friend complains about everything. They don’t like the restaurant because the waitress didn’t come quickly enough. They don’t like the city because it is too hot in the day and too cold at night. They hate the hotel because the mattress is not firm and they have back problems. They are ready to go home because they can’t watch their favorite ratchet television show. They are upset because you go to another country and then natives speak no English.
Advice: Have her complete a gratitude jar before she goes on the trip. Or put tape on her mouth and tell her to “SHUT UP”.
7. Ms. Sleeping Beauty
Her vacation goal is to sleep. She is team sleep and will get mad if you wake her up. I was in Thailand with my cousin and we had plans to see a cabaret show and eat traditional Thai dinner. After taking a nap, I attempted to wake her up and she rolled over and said she wasn’t going. Would you rather sleep in a Bangkok hotel or see the Red light district in Bangkok?
Advice: Let her know she can sleep when she return’s home and most certainly when she dies.
8. Ms. I don’t want to plan anything.
This friend refuses to be a part of the planning process. She will refuse to look for accommodations and doesn’t want to search for excursions but will gladly hand over their credit card for you to book everything. So here you are thinking this trip will be smooth sailing. As soon as you arrive at the hotel, she doesn’t like the furniture in the room and tells you, “I could have booked a better room”. You are on an excursion and she says that she is bored and ready to go home.
Advice: Tell her, “You are more than welcome to do the work next time, this is why I travel solo.”
9. Ms. Social Media Addict
This is the friend that always has to take the best photos for Instagram, spends time thinking of the perfect tweet, has to have the greatest Facebook story and constantly tells you to smile because you are on Snap chat. Do you have that person in the group who has to take a picture of her food and yours before eating? She gets extremely upset if she can’t find a Wi-Fi connection.
Advice: Get off your phone and actually enjoy the trip through your lens and not the telephone camera lens.
10. Ms. Strawberry Margarita
She doesn’t care what we are doing as long as she has a drink in her hand. This person is actually an introvert who becomes an obnoxious extrovert. But the reason you love her is because she can get you and your crew free drinks, get a party cracking and is usually funny as a drunk. You may have to take her phone away because she will more than likely drunk text her ex-boyfriends or friends things she’s been wanting to say but usually doesn’t have the courage to when sober. Hope she is a happy drunk and not an angry drunk or you may be breaking up bar fights.
Advice: Slow your roll because I’ don’t want to bail you out of jail or clean up your vomit.