It’s Friday and really miss traveling and going on City Breaks, I hope my citizenship application comes through soon as I already have a lot of cool places on my must visit this year list. I also just found out that my work is taking us out to Madrid for the annual summer party so I could not be more excited for life right now.
Even though I usually post City guides and places to dine in my travel section, I’m feeling little nostalgic and I decided to team up with the TravelSupermarket to write a few tips on how to avoid drama whilst on a holiday with your loved ones.
They say that the best way to get to know someone is to either live or travel with them which I very much believe in. Traveling with someone will give you a better insight into their personalities and habits which you may or may not find annoying at some point of your trip. Having travelled a bit, I can say that the first one tends to happen in most cases, unfortunately. Worry not as this is just human nature and can be avoided or minimised with a few holiday preparation techniques.
My first and ultimate tip is to organise your trip before you fly out. I always end up doing a lot of research on things to do or places to eat in purely out of sheer excitement, but not everyone is like me. If you are not that’s also okay however, from my experience is better to have a vague idea about available options in a destination of choice so you can avoid being a lost tourist and save yourself a bunch of time. Sometimes to be fair I like allowing myself to get lost in a place but this usually happens after I already visited the same destination. Paris is the one to name a few. Staying organised and knowing where to go is a good way of keeping the spirit up and avoiding the frustration that often leads to arguments and confrontations and trust me no one likes to argue.
Secondly, I would say you must compromise and communicate your thoughts. If you are like me and love fashion, you may awkwardly find yourself discovering shopping outlets especially when you are in Italy, I mean who can resist Prada at discounted rates. However, your loved one may find this extremely annoying and worse they may lash out after the 3rd shop. To avoid this I usually compromise with a visit to a museum that I would never visit or succumb to an activity that you would never see me do in London. I mean all relationships are about compromise and traveling together is the best way to implement it, take my word for it. Also, if you communicate your plans to do stuff which the person you are traveling with may not entirely like, it sets their expectations up so it’s easier to deal with something when you are mentally prepared for it. Also, guys are so different to girls so never expect that they are able to read your mind.
Furthermore, If you are on a holiday you should treat yourself to things that you don’t get to often do at home (Prada bag wink wink). Once I had this guy I dated for a bit tell me that he would never ever buy a Chanel bag for me which I found quite offensive. Not because he wouldn’t buy it for me but because he thought that I would need him to. I love knowing where I can get good designer bags and I do sometimes plan my trips around this need. There are so many shops in Paris and other European cities that have cheaper stuff mainly because they are in Euros but if you do some research you can get it in the outlet offering designer clothes and accessories sometimes even at 70% discount. This is also a good way to find a good present for your loved ones and make someone super happy. Happy means happy therefore by treating each other you can avoid being annoyed with each other all together. If you are feeling less inclined toward designer stuff and prefer entertainment options, then treat yourself to a dinner at a Michelin star or fine dining restaurant. Options are endless and it usually ends up being less expensive most of the time.
Lastly don’t be afraid to step out your comfort zone whether this means deciding to have fun and daring each other to do something you would never do when you are home. You are in a place where you don’t know anyone so loosen up and let your imagination take you places, but remember to keep safe at all times.
These are the tips I tend to employ every time I travel whether it be with my sister, friends or a boyfriend at the time and they tend to keep me in positive spirits on most of my trips.
Do you guys agree or do you have tips of your own that you swear by?