In life, we enjoy traveling with our friends as they are the ones that we can connect with. They know our strengths and weaknesses and feel like our own family. We can be with ourselves and don’t care if they judge us or not. Through travels, it strengthens the relationship of friendship too.
I have many friends, but one of my college close friends is my buddy, and we connect through travel. We traveled together either planned or unplanned. We’ve been through a lot and learned everything from our trips. Traveling with friends is a great thing to do because you’ll know them more in-depth.
Why should we travel with our friends?
- Friendship is a type of relationship that bond between two individuals. You’ll know your friend deeper throughout the journey.
- You know how deep is your relationship is and how your friends feel about you.
- It creates long-lasting memories and gave you two a bond that no one can replace it.
- When you wanted to get away with the crowd and wanted to travel somewhere, you know who to call and be with you.
- You know that you’re safe being with them in case trouble comes along the road.
We have traveled together through our college tours, major or minor subjects in tourism and we also make an unplanned trip together. It was a fan of memories in our younger years, but of course, we won’t be forever single. It’s crazy how far you are from your friends and sees them after five years after and the friendship is still there but of course, it will have a slight difference as we can’t be forever available as we have our own family to attend.
Every time I go back home, I always try to spend time with them alone. I always ask for a date night and ask them to tell their husband I am not always around, so I have to borrow them. Lol. Despite how busy the schedules are, we still try to have time together even just one time for a month of visit. I was there for many months, and I honestly see some of my friends three times or 2 times only. I know it sucks! If only the businesses in Cebu and the traffic is better, it won’t be hard to meet up. But with kids in tow, it’s impossible.
It is my dream to go to Hongkong since then I love to see the country know the people, taste some of their local foods and know their history. But my daughter also dreams of going to Disneyland so I ask my best friend if she likes to do the same, tag along with her eldest daughter so we can bond with our kids too. When you’re close, you wanted to have your kids the same connection as you both have. But you can’t force the kids to have the same relationship, especially if they don’t see each other often.
Why traveling with your kids and your friends’ kids is a test of friendship?
- You’re a parent, and you know kids have their ways you’ll never know what each kid will do.
- Do you know how siblings fight? If someone has particular stuff, the other one has to have one. Yes, it happens.
- When you travel, and your kids don’t know each other much and or never been into a playdate, it is hard to be in between with the two.
- The jealousy is rampant, and it is so hard to handle sometimes, to be honest, I almost give up!
- Yes, it is a test of friendship when you travel with your kids even of the same age as the younger age group tends to be jealous all the time.
What to do when your kids don’t get along that much?!
- One thing my friend and I are proud of we both know the boundaries! She knows how to handle her kid, and I discipline mine.
- If they need to share some stuff, we let them share or else they won’t get anything.
- One time, we got tired of them, and we both want to have fun without the two bickerings all the time! Yes, have fun, but our kids are like cats and dogs. We rented a two-bedroom motel so we put them together in one room and told them it’s up to them to make their life and the trip miserable because we will never be like them we have to have fun! Hahaha, we enjoyed talking in the other room while the two have their silence, and in the end, it works! Lol
Hongkong is a perfect place to go with friends and kids getaway as there are so many things to do and see around. You can form great memories with your friends and together with your kids. Our itineraries go like this.
Our DIY Itinerary:
We traveled from the Philippines to Hongkong and spent a total of 4 days in the country with our girls. We made it a slow trip as my best friend is two months pregnant at that time.
- We arrived early from the airport, and we got picked up of our van rental as I made sure to rent one, especially we are with small kids plus my friend is pregnant. I don’t like to haul our pieces of luggage and the girls around in a bus.
- Check- into our guest house Golden Crown Guest House is smooth, and we made sure to take a rest before heading to Sky 100 Observation Deck to see the view of Hongkong City.
- After checking the observation deck, we then went to the Causeway Bay area in Hongkong where luxury stores and hotels are.
- As we made our way home, we went to the Tsim Sha Tsui area along the Victoria Harbour to walk around and see the Chinese modeled Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Avenue of Stars and watch the Symphony of lights. It was magical to watch with the kids, and it is free, which is a bonus. Walking back to our hotel is a breeze as it is within walking distance.
- We spent our time all day in Disneyland it was magical and a great experienced for us. We got to spend it all together, and sometimes we split our way with our girls if the girls will ask something to check back again.
- We’re one of the first people to arrive in Disneyland and were also one of the people who took the last trip going back home. We arrived very late, but it’s all worth it.
- On our 3rd day, we spent our day in Ocean Park. It’s another attraction in Hongkong that you can go and visit bond with your friends and little one. We enjoyed and have fun until the rain drips and made us wet.
- My daughter went to see the aquarium and walking around the Ocean Park barefoot as she doesn’t enjoy walking with her wet shoes. I bought Keira a flip flop, but wow the price cost an arm and a leg for that simple flipflops.
- When you come here, the cable car is magical, and it’s a great way to see around the park. So, try your best to ride it as I know the park can be too big.
- We ate breakfast in Mc Donalds as it is nearby where we stayed. Then, head to the airport early to catch our flight. We rode the bus this time, and it is straightforward. The bus stop is right across from our motel and straight to the airport. So if you’re on a budget riding a bus in Hongkong is an excellent way to go.
The best time to visit in Hongkong is around the month of May as the weather is perfect to roam around the country and the plane ticket from the Philippines is reasonable during this month. Three full days visiting the country is enough to cover some of the major attractions but I suggest if your budget can make it to Macau for a day please do so it’s another country you can add in your bucket list that is nearby Hongkong.
- Staying in Golden Crown Guest House is the best we’ve done in our visit it is cheap, but the room is clean and location wise. They sell tickets, and they sold the cheapest tickets among everyone. If you like to save, then going here is your best bet.
- Most kids don’t like the idea of trying new food, especially between the age of 3-7 years old. So we always ended up eating where the kids want to eat.
- The water bottle and food in Disneyland can be expensive as we have small kids with us plus my friend is pregnant we can’t afford to spend much eating inside Disneyland for our snacks and meals all day. We made sure to put some water bottles in our bags and some biscuits that we can all munch while we were there.
Chris Kosto | GoldenBloggerz.com
Nice guide! Travels are always good for our mental health as well, no matter who we are travelling with!
Thank you, Chris, and I agree that!
Very detailed account of your trip. When you go away with others you have to be flexible while sticking to some kind of schedule
Hello Elaine, so true, I learned the same way!
You really missed out on a wonderful part of Hong Kong by not trying the local food. HK Teahouses are definitely something else! ;o)
Hello Kez, we went one time nearby where we stayed at, but my friend is two months pregnant plus the kids! I agree we missed out on the food, but I am hoping for next time we visit we can try more with my own family! We missed out in going to Macau too. Thanks for stopping by!
This is an interesting read, thank you for sharing. I love traveling to only my friends don’t share the same sentiment. 🙁
Traveling with friends is one of the best and happy moments especially if we get along so well!
It’s sad some people don’t like the idea of traveling. I have one here at home but he marries me! Lol.
Such a lovely account of your trip together. I used to hate going away on holidays with others because it’s easy to tell your partner you don’t want to do something, but not so easy to tell your family or friends. This often means you are stuck doing things you might not want to do.
Oh my! This looks like such an awesome trip! My best friend and I have known each other since we were 14. We once met up in Salt Lake City with all the kids and it was a BLAST but also very challenging lol. Little kids can pack a big attitude sometimes but it was so much fun and well worth it!
My best friend in high school we’ve known the same time we were also 14 but still friends until now. Our life separates us and sees each other often, but again, the friendship was there. It’s true, everything worth it!
Great article! I’ve never had the chance to travel with my friends before but I’m going on a trip with one of my best friends in September. I agree that it helps to strength your friendship. Looks like a great time in Hong Kong!
Yes, we had a great time despite the two always bickering in the first day. I hope this helps.
Great read, thanks so much for sharing. I have no experience to travel with own kids but with my friends and their kids gonna keep some of the tips in mind ????
You’re very welcome and thanks for stopping by!
Looks like you all had a lovely time. This is a great topic, I wish we had more opportunities to travel with friends!
Thank you! Maybe all the twitter friends can travel together 🙂
Very nice post April! I like how you used your little getaway to reflect upon such an important thing as friendship.
I wonder though: did your 2 kids get along in the end?
This sounds like an amazing trip April! What a shame the kids didn’t get on at first! Was it a bit easier by the end of the trip? It would be awesome if they had good memories of the adventure too…maybe your kids will end up being life long friends too!?
Haha, let’s hope when they are older it is they who can decide. Yes, they are so sweet even if they fought! Lol. On our last day, they finally made it but we have to be apart again. It is hard they don’t know how to handle it yet especially both are a shy type.
Anna Intrepid Scout
Sounds like an awesome itinerary and it looks like everyone got along. Seems like you all had a lot of fun!
It requires a lot of patience to travel with friends and I often wonder how people do that. As a solo traveller, I find it really comfortable to be by myself. I guess travelling with friends will be stepping out of my comfort zone.
It is and it’s fun! 🙂
I love traveling with friends and traveling with anyone is always a test.
Hahaha, I agree.
Rebecca @ Boss Single Mama
I’ve never tried traveling with friends but I’ve been on plenty of trips with my kids, their friends and my mother. I like to travel but it’s always stressful it seems, especially when the group you’re traveling with gets bigger and bigger.
Yes, it can be hard to travel in a group, but it is, at the same time, fun. The kids were able to play with their cousins and know your friends. There is an advantage and a disadvantage for this.
Yes! I love traveling with friends. It really strengthens friendships. But I think you are incredibly brave to travel with friends AND their kids. That’s definitely tough!
Haha, yes. I don’t mind it will be good for my child to get used to it. Suck it up and learn how to handle the situation.
Alexandra @ PerfectDayToPlay BLOG - EcoSmart Sustainable Family Travel
you are absolutely right – travel together with your kids and friends (but also with your spouse) is a TEST indeed! Excelent thoughts on how to strengthen the relationships. thank you
You are welcome!
I love traveling with my freinds and their kids. My girls absolutely love the extra company and they never get bored!
I’m glad it works out for you Catherine. I love to travel with friends too.
Rudy @ Backpack & Snorkel
I have been in Hong Kong several times and done the “adult” things. For me, some of the things you did were new to me.
I’m glad you find something new here. I still want to come back to Hongkong with hubby.
I have traveled with friends and it makes for a different adventure than when you are traveling with your partner or family. Sometimes you do things that you normally wouldn’t do, and that is okay. Glad you have a friend that you can do this with and that your daughter has a friend too.
Haha, yes! I agree. It’s just a fun moment with friends around.
Oh I can imagine how difficult this would be! Traveling with friends can be challenging, but also rewarding.
True! It is rewarding.
Traveling with friends would definitely be stressful, but probably so worth it! Thanks for sharing your experience (:
Yes and you are welcome!
I usually travel with a good friend and I know we get along well. I can imagine that bringing the kids along can really make things more complicated. I bet they will be happy to have had the experience someday though!
I hardly travel with my friends now because I like a little bit of freedom. But yes, I totally agree with your points because some places are not good to go alone.
Yes, traveling alone can give you a sense of full control in what you like to do.
Travelling with friends is a great way to test your friendship, although I have had bad experiences as my friends never seem to follow through. I’m glad you had a great trip tho.
I can relate Lydia and I hope it will help others to be open-minded too.
As much as I love my friends, some of them I just don’t get along with on the road (because our travelling styles are different). I can’t imagine how much more hectic it’d be adding kids to the mix too. Your HK itinerary is great though. Sounds like a fun time!
Thank you, Jas the friend I travel with is one of my favorite companions. The kids are the ones who can’t get along. It was hard to maneuver them, but I learned we couldn’t force them to like each other.
I had no idea that May was the best time of the year to visit! I wonder what prices of flights are like from the US instead of from the Philippines at that time. Also, that cable car looks like soooo much fun!
Traveling from the US during the May season is cheaper. But it depends on the date though. I get to go home in the Philippines two years ago and we picked around end of May because of the cheaper price.
I don’t get to travel with my friends often since we live in different countries. However, whenever they visit us in Vietnam, we have an awesome time traveling around the country or head to another country for a weekend trip. I don’t have kids but I like your tactic of placing the two kids in one of the hotel rooms to work things out while you and your friend are in another room chatting.
Thank you. I am glad we both are mature enough on how to deal with it.
It is so true what you are saying. It happened to me many times that I went to visit a place and then someone started to tell me to not take so many photos anymore, to go somewhere else than what I was interested, change the plans just to be good for them (and not for me). And this is a way to see who are your true friends and test if you can meet in between or if they want only you to do things for them.
I agree. I am glad though that my best friend in College we always meet in between. I hope you can find one you enjoy traveling with in the future. It is fun it’s a different experience.
Travelling with kids seems hard to me in general! I have enough of a challenge sometimes just travelling with adult family members and friends. Very good tips for those that have kids and want to travel with others as well.
Thank you, and yes, I am glad to have this opportunity and share this with everyone. A lot of people don’t end up well after their trip as they tend to be on their kid’s side. Kids this age doesn’t know what they are doing and won’t even remember yet. It is the adult who needs to find ways to make things right.
So true, travelling with friends and kids massively tests your friendship! You share a really beautiful friendship there to be able to do that and enjoy your travels 🙂 As a solo traveller I find that really admirable !
Thank you, Namita.