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How to Travel with Friends (and Stay Friends Afterwards)

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Our friends are a very important part of our lives – they are the people we can rely on, a shoulder to cry on and someone to have a great laugh with. They are almost like family and we often spend a lot of time with them. That makes travelling together seem the logical step. But sometimes, things can go wrong – so how can you travel with friends and be sure to stay friends afterwards?

Why travel with your friends?

One of the top reasons to travel with friends is that it is better than travelling alone. More than that, you and your friend or friends have different experiences, personalities and approaches and this works well for travelling. Maybe you are a little shy whereas your friend is more confident. Or you like to try things and they are a little hesitant – yin and yang of sorts, complementing each other.

Having your friend along can make the boring parts of the holiday more interesting. Bus, plane or train journeys are a necessary part of travel but can be a bit boring. If you are travelling with your friend, however, you have someone to chat with, swap magazines with or even listen to music together.

Travelling is a great way to reconnect with friends that you have fallen out of touch with. In fact, it is one of the ways that Roses Only recommend that you reconnect with someone that you haven’t seen for a while. Going somewhere different, making new shared experiences is a brilliant way to reignite your friendship and give you a chance to clear the air on any past issues.

Planning the trip

Once you have decided that you and a friend (or friends) want to travel together, you next need to start planning the trip. And this is where you need to get very specific to make the trip a success.

  1. Understand what you both want

One of the main reasons that friends’ vacations go wrong is that you end up wanting different things. You want to see the museums and art galleries of the city while your friend wants to party until 3am and sleep most of the day (or vice versa). There’s nothing wrong with either approach but you want to have some shared ground. So, understand what you both want from the trip and how this matches up – museums one day, party on the night, sleep the next day then repeat for example.

  1. Map out where to stay

Another area people can disagree on is where to stay. Some of us are pretty casual and will sleep anywhere that is clean. Others prefer the finer things in life and want a three or four-star hotel as a minimum. Some love camping while others need foundations and a fixed roof. Understand where you both want to stay before considering making a booking to avoid someone being uncomfortable and unhappy.

  1. Discuss money

A top cause of fights when people travel together is money so decide before you leave how it will work. For example, do you pay for your own stuff in each meal or just split the bill 50/50? If you do this, make sure one person doesn’t go for expensive wine and other a glass of water or it will start to irritate them. The same goes for other costs – decide beforehand how to approach things to avoid conflict while away from home.

  1. Know yourself and be honest

This might sound strange but we all have those little quirks that can create friction when you are almost living with someone for a week or two. You snore, or your friend has to have the TV on all the time. You have to have a packet of crisps before bed or your friend insists on brushing their teeth with the electric toothbrush at 3am. Know your weird little quirks and warn your friend about them. That way there are no nasty surprises, it can be made into a joke and you can prepare for it (where possible – if anyone has a sure cure for snoring, let everyone know).

During the trip

While the idea of going on holiday with a friend is that you spend time together, don’t assume you have to be tied at the hip and do everything together. In fact, it is good to have some time apart for those separate interests. Have a day to yourself and then you will have some great stories to tell on the evening when you get together for your meal.

Travelling with others means that you need to be flexible but also not too flexible – don’t let the other person make every decision as they might resent this. The ideal balance is to give on the things that aren’t super important to you and stick to your ground on the really important stuff. Say you want a day at the beach but you aren’t too worried about visiting that museum your friend likes. So stick to your guns with the beach and concede to the museum trip.

Because you are friends you likely know each other pretty well but it is different when you are practically living together. We all have bad days and when you are travelling with someone and they have such a day, it is important to be understanding and patient – and they do the same with you. Don’t take it personally, give them space if they need it or just be there for them if that works.

Conclusion

Travelling with a friend is a memorable experience if done right but can end a friendship if done wrong. That’s why planning is important, and understanding is crucial – we all have our funny little ways and when you are with someone most of the time, these come to the fore. By being flexible and understanding, you can both have an amazing time, take loads of stunning photos and have a trip you will never forget – and still be friends when you get home!

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A Trip To Qatar In 2022

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Qatar Financial Centre

While although international travel is not on the agenda in this current climate, one would hope that the world will return to a sense of normal by 2022 and if it does, it means football’s biggest party will be sending out its invites.

A party that will be hosted in the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar and although FIFA’s decision may have initially raised some eyebrows, there’s no doubt that plans for such large festivities are being anticipated all over the globe.

It is the first time that the crown jewel of world football has been staged in the Middle East and although that adds an element of pressure to the Qatari organisers, they are ready to put on one gargantuan show.

Of course, the show needs its headline names and with 32 teams earning qualification for the tournament over the next couple of years, the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi will be ready to display their talents on the biggest stage of all.

Even though we are still two years removed from the first game of the tournament, the bookmakers are still taking bets on the eventual winner and at present, France and Brazil are topping the odds to get another cup at Qatar 2022.

France will certainly be considered as favourites and after success in Russia back in 2018, Paris Saint-Germain’s Mbappe will be ready to lead his side to back to back trophies and a third overall title for the country after previous jubilation in 1998.

With that said, a lot can change between now and November 2022, as form and fitness will dictate who will be able to mount a serious challenge and who will end up being left behind as nothing more than an also-ran.

When it comes to who wins the competition, that is not something we will know for quite a while and although the start of proceedings seem still a long way away, that should not stop you from making your own travel plans.

Even though Qatar has a relatively small landmass when compared to previous host nations, it is still ready to open its arms to football fans in all corners of planet Earth and with 80 countries enjoying the ability to travel visa-free, that will be one less headache for you to worry about.

While when it comes to headaches, alcohol is still something of a sensitive issue within Qatar and although it is largely forbidden in day to day life, there will be the usual fan parks in place, in order for you to enjoy a beer or two.

In addition to that and if you are not in the vicinity of a fan park, you will be able to celebrate or commiserate with a beer in any of the licensed hotels or restaurants, but do check if such venues are in possession of the necessary license before booking.

Much has been made of the weather and with that in mind, you may want to swap the alcohol for water and keep the hydration levels at their maximum, especially when you consider the expected temperatures of 24 degrees Celsius.

The weather may be conducive to wearing less clothes than back home, but if making the trip to Qatar do please consider the local customs when it comes to clothing and for men, a pair of knee length shorts should be sufficient to keep the heat at bay and keep you comfortable.

By comparison and for the female of the species, a little more caution may be required and therefore the advice is, to dress modestly in public – a remit which advises against showing your shoulders or wearing a short skirt.

Before the tournament begins, nine stadiums will be newly created and three will be renovated, which means the seven host cities of Al-Daayen, Al-Khor, Al-Rayyan, Al-Shamal, Al-Wakrah, Doha and Umm Slal will be ready to host the 64 scheduled fixtures.

With this advice, all you need to do is book your flights and with the likes of British Airways, Qatar Airways, Iberia, Sri Lankan Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Japan Airlines, Air India, Jet Airways operating in the area, there is nothing from stopping you joining the party in 2022.

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Consider alternative airlines when booking your next trip

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Whether you are a devoted Muslim wanting to finally make your Hajj, or just a tourist to Arabia and the Middle East who wants to get around cheaply, it’s important to not waste money needlessly on airlines.

Thankfully, competition has been heating up in the region for some years now. Lower cost airlines have been springing up all over the region over the past several years, and this benefits us, the consumers, immensely.

Pick a good portal

We have found in our experience that a great portal for selecting flights makes a big difference. We especially like one portal in particular, which we found recently digging around the internet. It’s called حجز طيران in Arabic but it works perfectly fine in English as well for the rest of us out there trying to get around the Arabic-speaking world without having mastered the language.

The power of secondary airports

Flyadeal, the people behind the portal in the above section, aren’t just a portal, they are an airline. The great thing about this airline is that they have a hub in a secondary city (Jeddah).

This is one of the secrets to saving money, if you can avoid the major airports, you usually avoid a lot of taxes and extra charges that wind up getting built into your tickets.

Secondary airports are often very close to major airports, sometimes surprisingly so. Finishing the last couple of hours of your trip by land can lead to major savings at the end of the day because of this.

Airlines are desperate right now

It’s no secret to anybody that 2020 has been a real rough year for airlines. Many of them seem to be even raising their prices, but ultimately, it’s the consumer who determines the price of something, not the provider.  Don’t panic if you start seeing high prices everywhere. Keep looking for alternatives and waiting. Outside of the immediate short term, the trend is going to be for the cost of travel to fall sharply, and this applies all over the world.

Established airlines may take more time than the newer more competitive airlines to get on board with pricing that’s going to be acceptable to consumers. That’s exactly why you need to use a good portal as a starting point, one that works with an increasingly large network of low-cost airlines.

Being adventurous will pay off in more ways than one. Not only are we stating right now that we believe it will be a lot cheaper on average to travel in the early days following the lifting of restrictions, we will predict that there will be amazing deals to be had everywhere.

And to top it off, you will have the run of places that are normally jam-packed with tourists and visitors. It will definitely pay off in spades to do some due diligence now and be on top of things. And that definitely starts with getting your alternative airline game on.

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A Saudi low-cost airline English speakers may not be aware of

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Probably one of the hottest evergreen topics for a travel blog is and always is going to be how to get cheap air tickets to somewhere.

It’s true that there is no such thing as a permanent air travel hack, and also will probably always be true. People figure things out, and some months later the whole panorama has changed and their “great travel hack” is now just something that gives them the going rate.

However, maybe for this same reason, it’s more important than ever to keep on top of current trends. Things change, and we just come out with a new article informing you!

A new option for low cost flights based out of Saudi Arabia

فلاي أديل, known in English as Flyadeal or Fly Adele, is a new offering for those of us looking to get around the region and around the world quickly and, most importantly, cheaply.

The airline is based out of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and since it operates mostly on a hub model, many of the flights you book for them are based out of there. It only has three years in the market, and is very unfamiliar with English speakers and Westerners in general, so we feel that this is a very timely article. The airline is also making a big push in 2020 to globalize more and get customers from all over.

Great deals in the region

Low-cost air carriers are something that have been on the scene since decades ago in some markets. However, in the part of the world, where Flyadeal is operating, it’s still a novelty. We think it’s about time that someone gave the big established airlines some decent competition. It’s high time that the market get this kind of a dynamic, and it bodes very well for the future.

Many low-cost airlines (think JetBlue, for example), wind up with pricing close to and even above median pricing, especially as they gain a positive reputation. We are hoping that Flyadeal can maintain their competitive pricing as their reputation hopefully continues to grow. In the end, only time can tell what would happen.

Facts to remember about using Flyadeal

-You can access flights with this airline on many other travel-related sites. However, generally the best deals will be found going directly to their website.

-Keep in mind that Jeddah is the hub of this airline. You can use this fact and play around it to get the best deals on flights.

-Keep in mind the destinations this airline serves directly. You can often find something close to where you want to go and complete your trip by land for big savings.

-Corollary to the above, one of the destinations for this airline is as far as Manila as of this writing.

-There have been historic peace agreements signed in the very recent past, which are opening and should continue to open up new destinations for this airline.

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