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There comes a time for many people when they are forced to go on a trip with someone who is less than easy to travel with. This can be frustrating when you are more of a relaxed person yourself and aren’t up for the hassle. There are just those types of people who can’t seem to relax. While you’re focused on some poolside relaxation, they’re focused on paying their mortgage.
Just because someone is difficult, however, doesn’t mean that you can’t make it work with enough patience and strategy on your end. As long as you recognize what you’re in for and plan ahead for it, you’ll be able to set yourself up for success.
Since you’ve already anticipated that it may be a frustrating trip, you know that you’re going to have to make some sacrifices. Therefore, rather than allowing yourself to be frustrated the entire time and wishing that you could change the other person, instead, remain flexible.
That means if they insist on going to the museum of chopsticks but you’d rather go get a cold beer and watch the sunset, you may have to bend a bit to make everyone happy. Try to make a compromise. Perhaps you can hit the latest chopsticks exhibit in the afternoon in order to make it to the sunset for a beer.
If you can’t fit more than one activity in a day for time restraint purposes, then try to take turns choosing the activities. This way, you can both choose what to do equally rather than one of you constantly being miserable.
Get Separate Rooms
In order to avoid arguments or issues, you should seriously consider getting separate rooms. If you have to spend all day with a difficult person on top of brush your teeth next to them, choose what to watch on tv with them at the end of a long day, and negotiate over closet space as well you’re going to lose your mind.
Therefore, making this adjustment may cost a bit extra, but you will avoid some potentially nasty arguments by getting some space to yourself to recharge.
Set Some Time Aside For Yourself
Apart from being able to have your own room, you should slot a few periods of time during your trip where you do an activity alone. Perhaps you can go on a walking tour, or schedule a massage.
Discuss ahead of time that you’d like to treat yourself to some alone time. This way, it won’t come as a punch in the gut to them if you tell them last minute. Assure them that it has nothing to do with them and everything to do with you simply needing some time.
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