One of my favorite ways to make the most of my very limited vacation time is to visit friends while I'm on vacation. Sometimes these travels take me to places I am not that interested in seeing again (Atlanta, Denver, Dallas), but sometimes they take me to places I am super excited to see (OC, NYC, Houston). Sometimes I even convince my friends to visit me in places that neither of us live! If you have a friend who you would love to see, here are a few ways to make the most out of a vacation with them: 1. Don't feel like you have to spend 24/7 with them: Often times I'll visit a friend in NYC, but I also have museum exhibits that I really want to see. I always tell the friend I am visiting ahead of time and let them know that I would love for them to join me, but that they don't have to at all! This way I accomplish my "wanderlust" goals in addition to spending time with my friend.
2. Let them treat it like a vacation as well: Visiting someone in another city comes with a lot of responsibility for the host. Often times they are the one who has to drive everywhere and pick all of the activities. I always encourage the person I am visiting to let me drive a little (or pay for an Uber) and to let me do some of the picking. This way there is a lot less stress and you can share the decision making with your gracious host.
3. Take on a new experience: Whenever I visit a city, I always try to take on a new experience. When I am visiting a friend, I try and do this as well. It's a great way to bond with your friend and to really explore a new part of the city.
What are your best tips for visiting your friends in other cities?