Travel with Friends – 5 Ways to Lure Reluctant Friends Overseas

It’s time to call in all the favors your skeptical friends owe you because the trip of a lifetime is just around the corner. Convincing your friends to travel overseas can be difficult, but it is worth the time, effort and money. So, to get them to travel with you, here are some tips on how to counteract any of their concerns.

Travel with Friends – 5 Tips to Get Your Friends to Come Along

Travel with Friends - 5 Ways to Lure Reluctant Friends Overseas

Personal Development
Those who need convincing to travel overseas probably haven’t done so before. They might be scared of something different or change, but is staying in the same place, same job, same everything really the best for them? Appeal to their restless minds. If they haven’t explored the world, how do they know they’re in the right place?

Support your theory with the exciting things you will do in the countries you will be traveling to. Going to New Zealand? They created bungee jumping. Spending some days in Prague? Budweiser was originally brewed in the Czech Republic. Have a layover in Seoul? Try some fresh, uncooked octopus. Whatever it is, just remember to appeal to your friends’ interests.

Communication
Communication is as easy as taking your phone with you. With apps like Viber and Skype keeping up with the folks back home is easy. Additionally, if you want to share pictures with family and friends, it has never been easier with Instagram. All that is needed for any of these apps is a Wi-Fi connection to upload everything parents ever wanted to know (or not know) about what you’re getting up to. Or, if your friends don’t want mom and dad watching their every move, both Facebook and Google+ have privacy settings so they can choose who sees what posts.

Meeting Others
Are your friends art buffs? Promise them the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, the Mona Lisa in the Louvre and David in Florence. Don’t forget to mention that maybe they will meet other art buffs in these places. Meeting people from around the world is part of traveling, and maybe they’ll come across that special someone. It can be hard to meet new people when bumming around the same old bars each weekend, so tell them this may be their chance to meet new people with similar interests.

Staying Safe
Yes, traveling can be dangerous, but no more than driving to work everyday. Remind your friends that most crimes toward tourists are just for money. This can be annoying and burdensome, but usually not harmful. Plus, protecting yourself against pickpockets is pretty simple. Show your friends that you’ve thought about this issue by explaining basic protection such as not keeping your money all in one place or your wallet in your back pocket but rather in a money belt.

Expenses
Although a car, stereo and the new Xbox or PlayStation are cool, they will have a tough time beating visiting the Tianmen Caves in China or cycling the streets of Valparaiso, Chile. Show your friends some videos from the countries you plan on traveling to get excited about exploring the world together, doing crazy things they’d never thought they’d do. Explain that this is a once in a lifetime experience and money can always be earned. Then ask them, “Are you in?”

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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