It makes good sense to take a holiday with a few friends. You can watch each other’s backs and baggage as you travel and split costs on stuff you all need or want to do.  Like all significant joint ventures, though, it pays to know what you’re getting into – and who you’re getting into it with. Here are a few RIFT tips for staying safe and sane when you’re holidaying with friends.

Start your planning early, and do it together

Obviously, you’ve already decided on a destination that you’re all happy with, and the length of time you’ll be away. Even if you know each other pretty well, there might be things you discover along the way that you’ll wish you’d known earlier.

Talk it all out in advance, in as much detail as you can. You’ll want to discuss travel, accommodation and any activities you’re up for before you set off. At the end of the day, you’ll want everyone to be on the same page about where you’re going, what you’ll be doing and how much you’ll be spending.

Compatibility on holiday is about more than just the plug adaptors you’re taking with you. Don’t expect to have much fun if you’re a night owl teamed up with a group of early birds, for example. Similarly, a non-drinker will probably end up high and dry when the group just wants to be out clubbing all night. Theatre-goers and cinephiles might be able to negotiate some common ground, while opera fanatics and committed paragliders might struggle to see eye-to-eye.

Remember to check what your travel buddies think about posting photos of your trip. You may be totally comfortable with having your every waking moment documented on Insta but that may not be the same for everyone. Some people may not even be allowed to post up photos because of their job, for example.

Remember that the time you’ll spend apart doing your own thing could be as valuable as the time you spend together. Chances are you won’t want to be under each other’s feet the whole trip, so factor some alone-time into your accommodation and activity planning.

Keep your friendships healthy

Some of the key things to discuss up-front are health related. This can be as simple as finding out who needs to sit by a window on the coach to avoid getting travel sick, or as complicated as food allergies and asthma. Make sure you know where your mates’ inhalers or adrenaline auto-injectors are, for instance.

It’s also important to keep in mind everyone’s general fitness levels and limits. Don’t push for hill hikes with a group where one of you is recovering from a hip operation and another two have trouble walking long distances.

If anyone’s got specific food requirements, make sure everyone’s onboard and clued in. Again, allergies can be a factor, but people with conditions like diabetes will often have quite specific needs as well.

Mixing mates and money

This is the big one. You might well have always wanted to see Brazil, but if your mates’ budgets only stretch as far as Blackpool then your holiday’s going to struggle to get off the ground.

It can be tricky to talk about money, even with people you know pretty well. Again, though, most of the problems can be solved by talking it all out early enough. Saving up for a few months can often put even the most adventurous holiday dreams within reach - not to mention claiming a tax refund to put towards it.

Just keep in mind that not everyone has the same idea of what a sensible budget is. Also, be aware that some people may be blowing all they have to spare on the main adventure, so might not be financially up for any sudden, spur-of-the-moment side-quests once you’re on the road.

Talking through how you’re dividing up the costs ahead of time can help smooth out most of the turbulence before you feel the first rumble.

Boost your holiday fund by referring your friends

We understand the real value of friendship at RIFT. That’s why we set up our Refer a Friend scheme, to help spread the word about tax rebates. It’s simple to help your mates, colleagues and families get the tax refunds they’ve earned. Just recommend them to RIFT and you’re away.

In return, you’ll get a £50 cash reward for every mate you send to us who ends up claiming their refund through RIFT – plus £150 more for every 5 referrals. There are also additional cash rewards and prize draws on offer when you take part in the scheme – with our most popular Star Prize to date being £1,000 of holiday vouchers!

If you're reading this and you haven't checked if you're due a tax refund yet - what are you waiting for? It takes less than a minute to find out and you could be looking at an extra £2.5k to stuff in your suitcase!

Have a great holiday – and remember, wherever you travel for work or play, you’re always better off with RIFT.