travel advice girlfriendsThinking about traveling with girlfriends? Had a difficult journey with friends in the past?

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Kathlene Mullens shares great tips on keeping traveling with your friends fun for everyone.

Having trotted the globe with my best friend, I have a few bits of advice to share that have helped us over some rough spots as well as to avoid future bumps in the road (or the air, whichever the case may be).

1. Decide what does and does not work for you before you firm up plans. Some of my friends are okay with sharing a room (or even a bed) for the sake of economy—some are not. Some of us rock stand-by and pray for those “bump-me-in-exchange-for-travel-vouchers” moments where others need that confirmed ticket and solid plans. Lots like to dance the night away, others explore history’s mysteries. Discuss what works and does not for you before you go. Tears in the airport are best left for fond fare-thee-wells, not girlfriend drama!

2. C’est l’amor… or not. Talk about what happens if one or both of you finds someone with whom to share some magical evening. Remember, girlfriends are protective of one another so discuss how you can let one another know that you’re safe and when you’ll meet up if you decide to part ways. Or is this a trip for “just the girls”? Talk it through. Set expectations.

3. Once everyone is on board, be flexible to adapt to changes in plans as needed but keep your commitments. If it’s girls only, don’t change the rules partway through the trip when you meet some piece of hotness. If you want or need to make changes, talk them through

4. Take care of your obligations before you go—have enough cash and credit, your passport (with enough valid time left on it for where you’re visiting) and any visas needed, etc. in plenty of time for the trip. Don’t stress everyone out with needless drama. (You can find out about these requirements on the official websites of the countries you’ll be visiting. They vary widely and sometimes change suddenly. Check up beforehand!)

5. Be honest. To quote Randy Paush: Tell the truth. All the time. If you want to do something, say so. If you don’t, say so. If you have financial, moral, or physical limits, spill ’em, girl. Not even the closest of friends will be able to read your mind (if they are, have them contact me–I need some minds read, thanks). Passive aggressive behaviors after the fact will spoil the trip for both of you. Speak up early in the game! This is your girlfriend—you can work through things in a safe place, right?

Keep these big five in mind and you’ll sail smoothly through girlfriend travel and look back at those photos with fondness, not gritted teeth! Bon voyage!

KATHLENE MULLENS, MLHR, SPHR is the founder and CEO of Female Equality MattersTM, The “No Glass Ceiling” Certification/Brand©. With over a decade of HR experience in four Fortune 100 companies, as well as a master’s and senior certification in the discipline, Kathlene is using that expertise in diversity, recruiting, line HR, employee development, and technology to help leverage the power of consumer spending to yield more women, with more equitable pay, in the C-suite and board rooms. Check out Kathleen on Facebook and Twitter.

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