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5 Reasons to Travel with Friends

I always read amazing posts on why you should travel solo and have done a ton of traveling with my SO (both of which I highly recommend and am not arguing against in any way).  I feel like I read even less about traveling with friends, but I think it’s an amazing opportunity to connect and create memories.  Still need a reason to travel with friends?  Check out my top 5 now:


OK you’re already friends……but life has a way of, um, getting in the way. Relationships, children, careers, travel….just a few reasons you might not be as tight as you used to be. Traveling with your friends will help to rebuild and strengthen those connections! It’s so refreshing to be able to reconnect, especially if you’re typically unable to (or just text about making plans all the time and never actually make those plans….*guilty*).

I might be the worst at making actual plans but when I do it’s epic!


Here’s a special side effect of traveling with your friends: you’ll save some money! Three or four pals sharing a hotel room will cost less than if it’s you solo and splitting up Ubers, drinks and meals can make a huge difference. Those extra funds can go towards more trip experiences (or another trip all together)!

one of those “let’s order one of everything & a pitcher of sangria” type of nights


Power in Numbers

A group of women have advantages when it comes to confidence that a solo female traveler might not have. When I travel with my squad I don’t really think twice about some situations that would have me looking over my shoulder (or avoiding entirely) if I were solo. In addition to safety in numbers, opinions in numbers are a benefit! Hear me out: if one person is dominating a group or deciding for everyone it can feel less than amazing. When you have a group you also have a group of opinions, personalities and likes/dislikes. This might seem like a breeding ground for conflict but I know you’re grown ass women so it is actually amazing! You might find yourself doing an activity or eating a type of cuisine that wasn’t on your list but will definitely be a cherished memory!

I normally wouldn’t rock a flower crown for a night out but I was convinced by these lovely gals

Getting There is Half the Fun

I found that, when traveling with friends, it feels like the minute we link up (to start our travels) our vacation has begun! Getting there is part of the adventure and part of the fun, even if things go awry. I know that when I travel with my SO we both can feel like traveling to our destination is just work we have to complete in order to get to the actual vacation. Maybe it’s how infrequently I see my friends (working on changing this!) but the trip to/from our destination is part of the overall experience and a blast!

Pictures & Packing

Do you love taking pictures as much as I do? When you’re with the gang you can get an assist for a perfect “selfie” (I’ll never tell) and can share ideas on posing, lighting & more. Sometimes your girls just get it.

As far as packing goes, there’s a very real possibility you will forget something. Oh, you never forget things? Congrats, I’m not that skilled and always leave something (or ten somethings) behind. The chances are, however, that someone in your group has what you left behind. Hair straightener? Sure! Dry shampoo? We’ve got three types! Floss? Yup. This might seem silly but it’s almost like the universe rewards you for spending time with your friends by having everything line up like this.

Your girls always have your back for a ferris wheel photo shoot

There probably are a thousand additional reasons to take a trip with your friends but these were my top five.  Convinced yet?  If you need some info on what essentials to bring for a girls getaway check out my post here.  Interested in reading more about the above mentioned girls getaway?  This post has all the info on our 3 Nights in Montreal.


Have you recently taken a trip with your friends?  I’d love to hear about it!

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  1. Monica

    August 22, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Some of my favorite trips have been with my girl friends! We had such a great time seeing the sights and trying new things together and I will cherish those memories forever!

  2. Lina

    August 23, 2019 at 8:13 am

    There is nothing better than travel with friends! Those are memories and experiences that will be in your heart always!

  3. Adriana Renee

    August 23, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Yes! I tarveled to Australia and my friend knew someone with a house so I was able to stay there for 2 weeks for just $25 and I could come and go and got to make even more friends.

  4. Christa

    August 24, 2019 at 11:29 am

    I love traveling with friends! I’m in a run club and we try to go on a trip at least on e per year. I always look forward to it.

  5. Nicole

    August 24, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Such great reasons to travel with friends. I try to take at least one or two trips with my friends each year for some of the reasons you mentioned above. It’s been so much fun and worth it every time!

  6. Cindy

    August 24, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    I love travel…alone or with others. You are right, the experience starts the moment friends meet up, making getting there fun too!

  7. Amanda

    August 24, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    These are all great! I went on a girls trip with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law in May and we had so much fun!

  8. Ashley

    August 24, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Traveling with your best friends is a must! Creating memories that will last a lifetime is what I think is so special about taking trips, and who better than to create memories with than your besties? 🙂

  9. Becky

    August 24, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    I have two girlfriends that I try to travel with every other year. It’s always a great time! Splitting the cost for the hotel helps a lot, and they are definitely more about helping me take photos good for instagram than my husband is, haha! We like to do Disney a lot and they’ll get into meeting the princesses and all that too 🙂

    1. Morgan

      August 24, 2019 at 7:39 pm

      That sounds incredible! And I totally understand the squad’s perspective on good photos – my husband is a champ for always trying but sometimes your girls just get it more!

  10. Marisa

    August 24, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    This is such great advice!! I absolutely love traveling with friends!! Best memories!!!

  11. Kathy

    August 25, 2019 at 10:03 am

    I love traveling with “the girls”. We always manage to go to good places, dance, drink ( just a little), and shop. The ride to and from is always a great way to catch up on our lives. Highly recommend it.

  12. Melissa

    August 25, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Traveling with friends is so much fun! I agree with everything especially the money part. Since we share, everything gets cheaper!

  13. Cristina

    August 26, 2019 at 1:16 am

    We have our first holiday with another couple in a few weeks and I can’t wait! We weren’t very sure if we should travel with another couple or not, but in the end we decided it would be more fun with 2 more people (and cheaper).

    1. Morgan

      August 26, 2019 at 1:44 pm

      I hope that you have a great time!

  14. Nina

    August 26, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    I both travel solo and with friends. I always say that it just depends on the group. Some friends can be a drag to travel with. However if the group is generally easy-going, then I’m down.

  15. Krissy

    August 26, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    I completely agree with all of this! Keeping strong connections with friends is so important! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Alix

    August 26, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Ahhh! Traveling with friends can be so much fun!

  17. Grace Liang

    August 27, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Such a great post! It is always so much fun to travel with friends!

  18. Lori Bosworth

    August 29, 2019 at 11:15 am

    I love travelling with my girlfriends! I agree that it’s cheaper because you can split the hotel room and you have a lot more fun!

  19. Eileen M Loya

    August 29, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    I wish me and my friends could do this sometime soon. It has been a while since we got together. Life has been so busy and meeting up with them (whose lives are also very busy) is a big obstacle. If we do get to have a chance, I am sure it will be a fun-filled memorable experience. How nice it would be to recall those good times we had in high school and college!

  20. Jenn

    August 29, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Some great advice here! I love travelling with friends and I can’t wait to book my next friend get away!

  21. Aarika

    August 29, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    I love this post! I adore traveling with friends (although that can have challenges too. haha), and these 5 reasons you share are beautiful reminders why. Connection is key!

  22. Michael

    August 29, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    I agree that you will be spending less when you are with friends but it depends sometimes haha! Well, them getting your picture is the real deal here lol!

  23. Jess Howliston

    August 30, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Traveling with friends sounds like so much fun and definitely something I wish I had got around to doing before having kids. Its definitely something I want to do in the future. I had never really thought about the money aspect though so that’s a great point!

  24. Cyndi

    August 30, 2019 at 10:50 am

    I love traveling with friends. It’s such a great bonding experience and you create memories that you will never forget.

  25. David

    August 30, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    I totally agree with you. When you go with friends, the trip to the destination is definitely half the fun. It’s a definite adventure all the time when you go with friends. I have so many stories with one time me and this group of friends did . . . They are the best.

  26. Marjie Mare

    August 30, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    Every year, my sisters-in-law have a girl trip. This year, it’s going to be special, we are going to NY to celebrate one of us special birthday milestone.

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