Original photo by Sara E DK.

When you’re traveling with other people (and especially with kids) it’s always a good idea to set up a meeting point. What’s this? It’s basically a location where you agree to rendezvous if you ever get separated from each other. You might be visiting a crowded marketplace, a bustling theme park or even going your separate ways in a shopping mall – in any case, it’s easy to become separated from your friend or group.

Having a meeting point means that if you do lose sight of each other, you always know where to go to wait for the other person or people to show up. A meeting point could be just about anywhere, such as your car, hotel, a clock tower or other landmark, as long as it’s a location that’s fixed – you don’t want to agree to meet at a hot dog stand that disappears after the lunch hour.

I know in this day and age of cell phones, having a meeting point might seem redundant, but I think it’s still a good backup plan. I’ve certainly been in instances where one person’s cell phone battery died or there was simply no reception in the area. And of course, if you’re traveling abroad, you may not always take your phone with you.

It’s a simple and old-fashioned idea, but establishing a meeting point can save you a lot of stress and time wasted searching for your friends or family.

What do you think? Have you ever gotten lost or separated from your group?