10 Ways to Avoid Fighting on Vacation
Think about a normal work day in your life. Rush, rush, rush – and you barely have time to breathe as you huff and puff through your day. Doesn’t your mind wander dreaming about distant lands where you could just do what your heart desires? Well, we know, the break will be just for a few days. But those few days would act as a fuel for you to march on throughout the rest of the year. And if this vacation is with your significant other, it becomes even more special.
Surely you want these few special days to be wonderful memories that both of you would treasure. We know you don’t want anything, simply anything, to mar the happiness. But sometimes, no matter how much we plan in detail, sparks may flow causing a discord. We never want that to happen in your vacation. Here are a few tips to keep your calm and avoid tiffs on vacation –
1. Vacation with a person you know well: Plan a vacation only after you been with your partner for a while. This makes sure that you know the person pretty well before you decide to spend every minute of your day with her/him for a few days at one go. In a nutshell, you need to be sure that the frequencies match.
2. Plan the itinerary together: Surprise trips sound all very rosy, but they have risks involved. If your partner doesn’t approve of the itinerary she/he would not be able to relax and enjoy the vacation. Take chances only if you are absolutely sure that you know the preferences of your partner. Otherwise, the best (and the safest) trick is to plan the vacation together. As a bonus, you’d get to spend some happy moments together as you plan your holiday!
3. Plan precautions for untoward situations in case any such arises: Make a checklist of some conceivable factors that may cause hindrance in your vacation and preplan a few antidotes. For example, carrying a few basic medications will prevent you from panicking in case either of you feel a little unwell. Or, keeping handy the number to call for local taxis in case your hotel fails pickup. This helps you to be in control.
4. Resolve every fight before you take off: Don’t let your fights travel with you. Resolve any issue that has been bothering the two of you before you leave home. In case you cannot do so, have patience to wait until you are back from your vacation.
5. Do not bring up issues that may disturb the harmony: If you have been thinking of talking to your partner about any issue that she/he may not like to hear, choose to keep quiet till after your vacation and then give vent to your thoughts. For example, if you think she/he needs to quit smoking, or she/he needs to give more time to your family, shelf it for the time being.
6. Keep your work off your mind: Vacation is the time you two have planned to spend exclusively with each other. Keep it so by concentrating solely on each other. Your work and related issues should wait till you get back to the grind again.
7. Accommodate each other’s interests when you plan activities: You like surfing, she/he likes lazing on the beach. You like hiking, she/he likes strolling around clicking photographs. Take your mutual interests into consideration when you plan your activities. Compromise and accommodate to harmonize.
8. Don’t overbook your schedule: Do not fill up all your minutes with planned action. This may make you both feel tired and irritated. Instead think of keeping some time free so that you can enjoy each other’s company and feel rejuvenated.
9. Keep some time for having fun in your own: If you both feel comfortable, you could plan to have some time off to do stuff individually. This will give you both some space of your own. Also, it would allow you to nurture your own interests. If she/he wants to enjoy a day at spa, let it be, while you may use the time to relax by the pool or visit the local museum.
10. Do not lose temper or play the blame-game if anything goes wrong: Even with careful planning, we cannot avoid untoward situations altogether. A sudden change in the weather for the worse, a lost baggage by the airlines etc may happen, and you should learn to handle it with patience and sporting spirit.
Remember, it would be really silly if you let a brewing argument take over and spoil your precious holidays. Nip any chances of fight in the bud. You do have the rest of the year to take them on, you know! Let your vacation be so special that your heart would swell every time the two of you relive the memories.
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