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But travelling doesn’t have to be expensive. Whether you’re a college student looking for a weekend getaway or ready to cash in those vacation days without breaking the bank, our friends at SkyScanner are offering crazy low prices for flights across the US. More specifically, they’re all under $100! Check them out here.

Departing cities include Boston, Chicago, LA, Miami and New York City. Destinations include everything from Las Vegas to Washington DC. Seems like a great opportunity for you and your friends to get away for a short break without breaking bank!

If it’s your first trip to Las Vegas, may we suggest treating yourself to one of our perennial favorites? Think Cirque du Soleil, Penn & Teller at the Rio, Absinthe at Caesars Palace or Le Reve – The Dream at the Wynn.

Our personal favourite goes to Absinthe. Your imagination will go wild as you witness the perfect mix of zaniness, skin, sideshow wonder and unbelievable acts of super-human abilities. Part cabaret and part circus, Absinthe is awesome fun for mature audiences in a fabulous, theatre-in-the-round venue. Guests are up-close and personal with knives, fire, balloons and a cast of outrageous artists from around the world who perform amazing feats of virtuosity, audacity and pure insanity. Don’t miss this sexy, sensory-altering experience the Las Vegas Sun calls “The most inventive and daring show to open on the strip in years!”.

Check out SkyScanner’s hotel deals here.

On the ‘winter sun’ spotlight this week at Bondai is Morocco; an easy-to-reach option for winter sun, with a flight of just over three hours from London.

Our friends at TravelTalk offer all-inclusive tours throughout winter including accommodation, airport transfer, meals, transportation, and a guide.

Start off with the bustling markets of Marrakesh and discover the UNESCO World Heritage of charming Essaouira.

Watch the ocean unfold in Casablanca before you soak in the blue streets of Chefchaouen. Discover the impressive imperial cities of Fes and the capital, Rabat. Have a tagine under bright stars whilst surrounded by Saharan sand dunes.

Topple all travel experiences with 2 adventure-filled days in the desert. BOOK NOW

Group dynamic
This can play a big part in determining where to go. It may sound obvious but make sure that the travellers will get along well together. It’s been said that if you really want to get to know a person, travel together. It’s a revealing kind of time; you see a new side of a person as they leave behind their routines and are placed out of their comfort zone. So it’s always a good idea to travel you’re your best friends. Even something potentially mind-numbing like a 36-hour bus trip in the South American wilderness can be an opportunity for hilarity and adventure. The great thing about your best friends is that they know how to make you laugh, and can keep you entertained for hours.

Communication is key
A group dynamic is a fickle, delicate thing. Don’t let things fester. Don’t let things build up. I’ve seen this happen and it’s toxic. A presumed slight, a mistake on a check, any number of things can seem like an issue but digging deeper, aren’t. Guys especially aren’t usually accustomed to talking frankly to their friends. A calm but awkward discussion is ALWAYS better than a fiery argument. This is why Bondai includes a built-in chat room including payment split features, which will inevitably minimise friction.

Trust me on that one.

Not every activity needs to be a group activity
Just because you’re traveling together, doesn’t mean you need to do everything together. In fact, the best groups I’ve travelled with often did do things separately. Not every day of course, but every few days. It made for lively conversation at dinner.

If you can be flexible, do (go with the flow)
The problem when traveling with friends is that the mechanism for compromise isn’t as ingrained as it is with a spouse (presumably). Also, somebody is going to be a little more of a finicky eater, a little more squeamish about accommodations, a little more worried about money.

So if you can compromise, do. Stand ground when you need to, but being more like water and going with the flow will make everything go smoother. This is probably the single biggest change for me that made my travels with friends better. It’s also a lot easier for me to be this way since I travel all the time and if I miss something I kinda wanted to do, I can just go back.

Don’t focus on pennies
Money is the cause of more arguments among friends than probably anything else. If you let yourself fixate on a few dollars here and there, it’s going to ruin your trip, and if it blows up into something, risk everyone’s trip. Unless someone is obviously and knowingly skimming or cheating… well wait, why are you traveling with that person to begin with? This is why we are including our own payment split feature on Bondai, where all things money will be transparent.

Bondai was created out of frustration. Planning and booking our group trips had one thing in common: they were complicated and slow, taking days and sometimes weeks to finally complete… we also struggled to come up with exciting new travel ideas and splitting bills was a tedious process. It‘s clear that current travel platforms aren’t built with millennials in mind and a lot of the planning and booking is tiresome.

So we’re building the first comprehensive platform that streamlines the entire process.

Bondai
            Noun
            bän•dye

1a: the unspoken bond you create while travelling with friends
b: the act of having breakfast with friends and sharing funny stories from the night before
2: Bond (AI) Artificial Intelligence
3: Bon dia – Good Day in Catalan