TRAVELING IN A GROUP CAN BE a beast when it comes to finances. Every time you want to tip someone $3 and there’s four of you, it’s always a mess of everyone checking his or her wallet, who has cash, and who just says, “Here, I have $3. It’s fine, who cares?”
Some people never have cash and promise to hit you back later, but when you’re home and travel-weary you’ll barely be able to remember. How many baht was that boat ride I covered for everyone? Either you or someone on your trip is bound to end up paying more. Without thinking ahead, group trips can get awkward, confusing, and exhausting, which is about the opposite of the feeling you want on a vacation.
To solve this, I learned a trick from my family, after going on vacations involving more than a dozen cousins and aunts and uncles. I’ve since adopted it to my friends and even used it when it’s just my boyfriend and me. It’s made all the difference.