Choosing your travel companion is a surprisingly difficult task. However, as with most topics covered in our “Don’t Compromise” series, choosing the wrong person or people can make your vacation unbearable. You’re on holiday to escape your life, not to stress out about certain aspects of the trip. Here are a few possible vacation partners as well as the benefits and disadvantages of each option.
Your Partner: You love your partner; that’s why you’re together. While you may fantasize about spending time with them on a white-sand beach in an exotic locale, take a close, hard look at your relationship. How do you handle stress? How do they handle stress? How do you handle tricky situations together? Time spent together is another important factor in this consideration. If you’ve never traveled together, a two-week island vacation might not be the best time to test it out. If, however, you’re looking for a romantic getaway with a long-term partner, go right ahead and book those first-class seats. Like the idea, but genuinely not sure if your relationship can survive the experience? Read up on advice columns about traveling the world with your partner.
Your Family: This is one of the trickiest options of the bunch. The decision to travel with your family is wholly individual. Only you can assess the relationship you have with your parents, siblings, cousins, &c. Family vacations can be great for building lasting memories, but traveling with your siblings means the possibility of a fight. Family seems more prone to nonessential argument than friends. If you’re ready to take that risk, go right ahead.
Your Best Friend: Whether you’re traveling for a bachelor party or a well-deserved girl’s trip, vacationing with friends is an excellent way to deepen relationships. As with all options, however, you should anticipate the worst. Have you ever had a disagreement with this friend? How was it handled? Additionally, how many people are you looking to travel with? Vacationing with a group of friends is nearly always safer than going with one. The more people around, the more balanced the tension will be in the event of a disagreement. Counter argument? Some of the best, most memorable trips we’ve heard people talk about was traveling with a best friend.
I am a lifelong explorer and travel enthusiast. I've never been a certified travel agent, but I have multiple family members who were. I'm not necessarily plugged in to the latest travel vendors and exclusive packages, and I've never cared for the label "life coach," but I do think I have some wisdom to offer about how people can get the most of your their vacation time.