Group travel is never easy. With multiple personalities and opinions, you're bound to have some dissent and disagreement. This is where communication becomes crucial, so you don’t end up hating each other by the end of the trip.
The first day of spring break, my two friends and I had a deep conversation about our love languages, our comfort levels, our weaknesses and our strengths. We were open and honest about the things that tend to frustrate or hurt us, and this helped immensely in dealing with future issues. Since we learned early on how we each respond to various situations, this left few surprises when the nasty sides of us would appear during stressful moments.
I will be the first to admit that I am an opinionated person. I know what I want and how I want it, and this decisiveness can be intimidating to people. It can also be bad when other people want different things, because it can turn into a battle of wills. However, knowing this side of me, I tried to communicate my reasoning why I thought we should do something one way instead of the other, rather than just saying “It’s better this way” and leaving it at that. Through explaining my reasoning, it helped my friends understand that I was trying to make decisions that were best for the group, and not just because I wanted it a certain way. Most importantly, I learned to lose some battles, since group harmony is more important than always being right.
These communication skills can easily be transferred to any job, as almost every job depends on working with others. Learning to deal with people at their worst (aka stressful travel situations) makes it easier to work with them at their best as well. Any employer will be blown away by a good story about teamwork while traveling, so don’t shy away from sharing it.