March 19, 2018, 9:29 am
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GMRC on the go

You’ve probably travelled with a group of friends, relatives, classmates, associates, etc. before. Well. We all know one thing: there’s nothing like traveling together to get to know each other more -- for better or for worse. It’s a Big Reveal about what we truly are like, inside. 

They say that traveling together makes the worst of enemies or the best of friends. It’s like taking a crash course on human nature. Or, to deviate a bit from what Forrest Gump said -- Traveling with a group is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get! 

I think we owe it to each other to be particularly conscious of having GMRC (Good Manners & Right Conduct) when we’re traveling together because the irony of it all is this -- traveling is a huge stress source by itself. When we’re stressed, most of us do not behave too well. And in between the unpredictable stress surges,  people expect to have a nice vacation. The height of irony, right? But we do it anyway. Because many of us love to travel. 

Hopefully, what people remember about us -- after traveling with us -- will be pleasant and generally not too disturbing. Here are a few things we might want to intentionally do to make traveling with a group an enjoyable experience, not a harrowing one. 1. Start with this mindset: I am not going to be demanding. I will stop thinking only of myself -- I will think of others, too. I will not inconvenience others. I will not impose anything on the group that they don’t like to do. I will not be bossy. I am not going to be a know-it-all. I am not going to be a prima donna (or the male counterpart thereof). 

2. I will always be on time. I will not cause delays, inconveniences, or penalties for the group because I’m late. Being late is being selfish and unmindful of other people’s time. 

This is a biggie. I was on a weekender with a group of beauty queens who happened to be my friends -- all of them younger than me. I braced myself for a very flaky schedule since I wasn’t expecting these beauties to wake up on time, get themselves fixed on time, get their act together on time, etc. because they were an interesting bunch of strong women with totally different temperaments and personalities. Well... was I in for the surprise of my life! 

They were on time, every single time -- for every single activity that we agreed on! Amazing, right? No prima donnas here. Even when we went shopping (which can challenge the most punctual and self-controlled among us) -- they were at the meeting place ten minutes before our vans and drivers were going to pick us up! That’s discipline for you. And most of all, it showed me that these girls really had breeding and class. 

3. Don’t always grab the best seat for yourself. If you got the best seat on the coach or the boat last time, then give way to someone else. If there’s someone in the group who’s fast and selfish and always manages to get the best seats (with rotten manners, obviously), then, very nicely tell him/her -- “Hey, why don’t we give so-and-so a chance to get the best seat this time?” Be firm, but smile! 

Someone unexpectedly did this for me, on a ferry to Venice, and on a vaporetto. I never forgot the kind deed. Just last year, a kind couple let me have the best seat on a hop-on, hop-off in Oxford, while they each took the less scenic seats -- I am forever grateful, and now I know what fantastic human beings they are! So the next day, I made sure that my hubby and I paid for our shared cab ride. Returning a favor is also GMRC. 

4. Be aware of your allowed luggage weight limit. Don’t pass on your excess weight to someone in your group. Those people were careful not to exceed their weight limit -- so it’s totally bad manners to pass on your thoughtlessness to them. Pay up if you have excess weight.

On one of our trips to the Holy Land, one of my friends  asked me to bring home her camera because she was going to do a side trip to HK. I would’ve said yes, but my husband very wisely said no. Good thing he did because it would’ve cost us a 2-hour delay at immigration. The poor fellow who agreed to bring home the camera was “held up” for two hours. 

5. Don’t get into arguments or loud discussions with airline or hotel staff, waiters, the concierge, the tour director, etc. It’s an embarrassment to your group because it’s scandalous and therefore, horribly bad manners. Settle any disputes calmly, quietly, reasonably. Apologize if you’re wrong and wrap up the discussion quickly. People are waiting. 

When you’re loud and intimidating, and you think you got your way, well -- think again! It doesn’t mean you won -- it just means that you have just very successfully advertised your bad manners to all and sundry. 

6. Know the tipping policy for the places you’re visiting -- for waiters, bellboys, chambermaids, doormen, etc. You don’t want to be a tightwad. That’s bad manners. 

7.  Be honest. Pay for the amount and service/s agreed upon. When you’re about to settle your bill, please don’t haggle. Don’t be a cheapskate. It’s irritating to the locals you’re dealing with, embarrassing to your group mates, and destroys the reputation of your countrymen. If you cannot afford the rates of a certain hotel or service, then just look for a cheaper option rather than haggle shamelessly. 

8. Refrain from talking or laughing too loudly wherever you are. Period. Talking like a fishwife or a street bully will cheapen all the branded things you happen to be wearing. That La Coste alligator on your shirt will curl up in shame. Of what value are the expensive things you’re wearing if you have the manners of a canto boy? Or a palengkera? 

9. Help people whenever you can -- even if it means a little inconvenience. When a friend and I were literally bogged down by our heavy luggage (the elevators were full and the hotel staff was assisting the tour group that arrived ahead of us), our Australian group mates got our biggest luggage and brought them up to our rooms -- without our asking them to! Such kindness! 
Years later, when my husband and I were traveling with a Filipino group, I quickly helped a lady with her luggage since we had left our extra bags at our hotel, while on a side trip to Scotland. The lady was surprised and all smiles -- we became fast friends after that! 
It’s a wonder what a little kindness can do. 

10. Bring extra snacks and supplies, and share these with others. Surprise someone with a bar of muesli or chocolate, a small tin of breath mints, an extra shopping bag for those “shopping emergencies” -- these little unexpected gifts from a fellow traveller are much more appreciated when you’re on the road. Once, I became a friend’s surprise lifesaver when I lent him my extra international adaptor. And I lent another group mate an extra water bottle. Yes. Little things mean a lot, especially when you’re traveling! 

12. Do a random act of kindness for someone who needs it in your group. In one of our trips to Europe, my husband and I heard that a couple in our tour group was staying in the hotel that day because one of them wasn’t feeling well. When our tour bus got back that evening from our sightseeing, my husband and I looked for a grocery near our hotel and bought a bag of fruits. We saw the most wonderful smiles and heard such cries of joy from this American couple when we brought the fruits to their room! I’m positive that we were more blessed than they were that evening. 

13. Don’t be too exacting with money. Some expenses need to be shared, yes. But you don’t have to be a descendant of Scrooge. It doesn’t hurt to treat people a bit -- to pay for their meal, coffee or dessert -- whatever you can afford.

One time, we took a black cab from a lovely dinner-cruise on the Thames, back to our hotel. It was a pretty pricey ride. And we shared the cab with two men who were the wealthiest in our group. They were very pleasantly surprised when my husband, without any hesitation or fanfare, quickly paid the cab driver when we got to our hotel. Then one of the men said, “Hey, thanks, Ito! May I take care of the tip?” (Very GMRC, by the way.) My hubby smiled and said, “Ok na. No problem. I took care of the tip na also!” 

And the two men smiled -- very widely. I think rich people love it when someone (who’s not rich) picks up the tab! Because they’re not used to being treated by others. Because people always expect them to pick up the tab. Well, thank God, not my husband. I think that’s not just GMRC. I think that’s real class. My husband, though we aren’t rich, isn’t kuripot at all. Thank goodness. 

Lastly, in one of our recent trips, I learned another precious thing. There was this lady who became my friend during the two weeks we were traveling together as a group. With her husband, we were a happy foursome for four hours as we shared a table on a scenic Virgin train ride (we love train rides) from London to Edinburgh, one of my husband’s favorite cities. We had more dinners and lunches together, after that. But it was such a marvelous surprise that at the end of our trip, this lady, my new friend, gave me a lovely gift that she had bought during our trip -- to thank me for being her new friend, for making our trip such a good one. I was so touched by her thoughtfulness. So I’m adding that as my final travel tip. Number 14. 

14. Give a little gift, a gift of remembrance, a gift of thanks, to someone in your group who has made your trip particularly pleasant or memorable for you! We did this, too. We bought a St. Andrews golf cap for one of our friends in our group who made the trip a special one for us. His smile was priceless as he wore that cap with such pride and pleasure. 

When you’re traveling with family or friends, make sure you’re a pleasure to be with. Be a person who makes things nice and easy and uncomplicated. Traveling is stressful enough as it is. 

Don’t be a source of stress, embarrassment, or antagonism. Your group might never say it to your face because they’re too polite -- but you’re going to be bad news to them for the rest of your life.
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