26 July 2013 08:15 | By Denise Ngo
How to keep your group vacation from going horribly wrong

Traveling with friends? Read this first

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Everyone dreams about fleeing from work to vacation with friends, but few people can predict how swiftly that experience can spiral into mayhem. A person who seems totally relaxed in daily life can suddenly feel passive and lazy when it comes to planning an itinerary, while a shopaholic gal pal might drive you batty with her insistence that you  visit every Hermes store in Paris in pursuit of the elusive Birkin bag. Three days into the trip, you start telling yourself that you’ve made a terrible mistake. Halfway through the journey, at least two people have stopped talking to each other. By the end, you consider ditching the entire crew, lest they drive you into a murderous rampage.

Don’t get us wrong – vacationing with friends can be extremely rewarding. But getting along on the road can take as much thought and preparation as the itinerary itself. So before booking that plane ticket, consider the following before you and your friends end up booting each other off the island, Survivor-style:

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