“ It is best to have a really good chat about what you both want out of your trip ”
When travelling in Australia or in fact anywhere in the world you will at some point run into certain characters or have travel buddies who will bring more problems into your life than you either anticipated or needed.
These people can arise in your life in the following 3 types:
Friends from home who don’t give you space, homesick and are negative
You may have teamed up with a mate from school or Uni and have embarked on the trip of a lifetime overseas. It is best to have a really good chat about what you both want out of your trip before agreeing to do a working holiday visa in Australia or a tourist visa holiday in Australia.
You may see your friend at school or uni and then on the weekends though more often than not when travelling on a budget in Australia you tend to spend a lot of time in each other’s space in dorm rooms, tours, campervans and busses whilst travelling from each destination.
Being in such close proximity can sometimes cause tension mostly in decision making processes in spending money. In saying this , if you have given each other certain budgets and amounts of times a day where you can have time to yourselves or just being clear on what you both want to see and being ok with not doing everything together in terms of exploring attractions, tours and activities where the other person may not want to visit.
We have seen it so many times that one traveller in a pair or a group is always channelling negativity towards the people who are willing to get out there and experience Australia and they sit in the hostel or accommodation on WIFI and stare at facebook all day wishing they were back at home.
You have to remember this is usually a once in a lifetime trip and you need to be selfish and get out there and explore as much as possible and don’t let the negativity get to you. If your friend is homesick, of course you can be sympathetic to a certain extent though if it continues more than a couple of days you need to be straight up with your friend and suggest them to either get involved and start seeing and doing things or possibly look on getting the next flight home as you could be spending the what is supposed to be the best time of your travels constantly having to deal with negative vibes which is by all means no fun at all.
Party Animals who spend all their money on booze and can’t afford to travel
Now, we are all for having a blast on your trip, but staying in hostels in Australia and travelling it is very easy to fall into the trap of spending all your money at bars and restaurants and having no money to travel. We all have that one friend who loves a drink….maybe a little too much, but ends up having no money to go and explore destinations and do tours and activities.
If your mate is a party animal and wants to party like is 1999 every night, just make sure they have saved their money as it is expensive in Australia to do so. Now these party animals may be your friends or just associates, our advice is never lend money to these cheapskates no matter and let them know it is not cool what they are doing if they can’t even support their own partying ways, if they still don’t pull their heads in, distance yourselves from them, move hostels or at least rooms if your sharing with them and it is making you uncomfortable.
Ok, they may not be your friends or may well be, but if you encounter people who are constantly trying to dictate your own travel plans which you are not happy with, again remember this is YOUR holiday and get the hell away from them as they will only make you feel like you never really got the most out of your trip as you are always doing what THEY want to do!
By all means if you like just following and doing what everyone else wants to do then control freaks are great travel buddies, but in most cases its best to travel with people who are respectful of the other travellers needs and wants and a more fulfilling trip will be had by all!