Recently we had the experience of travelling out west with another couple. I just have a couple of remarks to make about this... (1) Try out a weekend with ANYONE before making an extended trip anywhere, no matter how close you may be with them... (2) discuss beforehand things such as how fast you will go, what places you would like to visit while in the area, how long you would like to stay in each place, pit stops, eating stops, etc. (3) also, if you like to be in a "secluded" area or "busy" area (4) also, last but not least, be sure the personalities match: we are Christian folks who ended up on a "too-long" trip with "bleep bleep" talkers - had to really close our ears at times!
We found this out the hard way on our recent trip... we had to travel "not as fast" in our travel trailer because we were hauling 1000 extra lbs of weight with our motorcycles... they were in a motor home with a small trailer pulling one motorcycle - they didn't have to stop as frequently for pit stops - they just exchanged the wheel and the other one used the restroom; they ate in rest areas in the comfort of their motor home, while we shared one camp chair and a peanut butter jelly cramped among our motorcycles! We were enjoying being in a desert area in a beautiful KOA camp... they were anxious to be closer to city life! We chose to leave our pets at home, and they brought their TWO dogs - complete with the extended leases that wrap around trees and ankles! We didn't make it one week with them, until we "amicably" parted ways!
Good part about traveling together: safety and companionship... But make sure the goods outweigh the bads!
We still love our friends, but probably will enjoy just a game of cards and grill out, not travel with them in the future, haha! We just thought this may be a common problem - we had just gotten home when another set of friends told us that they weren't currently speaking to the folks they had traveled with! My sister in law just called and said "let's go to Washington together for a month and sightsee!" We looked at each other, thought a minute, and said................ uh, .................. "NO!"
This is called "live and learn"!