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Travel Companions From Hell: How to Choose Who to Travel With--or Not

Travel Companions From Hell: How to Choose Who to Travel With--or Not

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Travel can be one of life’s greatest pleasures—or not. A lot depends upon your travel companions. This article provides questions to discuss with potential travel companions before you travel. You then can decide whether you and your travel companions are compatible. If there are differences, then you can work out ground rules beforehand. Yes, rabbits and turtles can make good travel companions, as can larks and night owls, but this may take some planning.
Travel can be one of life’s greatest pleasures—or not. A lot depends upon your travel companions. This article provides questions to discuss with potential travel companions before you travel. You then can decide whether you and your travel companions are compatible. If there are differences, then you can work out ground rules beforehand. Yes, rabbits and turtles can make good travel companions, as can larks and night owls, but this may take some planning.

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TravelCompanionsFromHell:HowtoChooseWhotoTravelwith—orNot
ByJaneGilgun
Summary
Travelcanbeoneoflife’sgreatestpleasures—ornot.Alotdependsuponyourtravelcompanions.Thisarticleprovidesquestionstodiscusswithpotentialtravelcompanionsbeforeyoutravel.Youthencandecidewhetheryouandyourtravelcompanionsarecompatible.Iftherearedifferences,thenyoucanworkoutgroundrulesbeforehand.Yes,rabbitsandturtlescanmakegoodtravelcompanions,ascanlarksandnightowls,butthismaytakesomeplanning.
 AbouttheAuthor
JaneGilgunisafrequenttravelerwithlotsofexperienceingaugingtravelcompatibility.Sheisaprofessorandwriterandhasmanyarticles,books,andchildren’sstoriesavailableonscribdandforKindle,iPad,Nook,andothere-readers.
 
TravelCompanionsFromHell:HowtoChooseWhotoTravelwith—orNot
Travelisoneoflife’sgreatestexperiences
—ornot.Muchdependsonwhoyoutravelwith.Sometravelcompanionsareadream,andyourtripisoneamazingadventureafteranother.Othertravelcompanionsarefromhell,andyoucountthedayswhenthetripwillend,andyoucangetawayfromthem.Thepurposeofthisarticleistosuggestquestionstoaskyourselfandpotentialtravelcompanionssothatyoucanhaveamazingadventuresandavoidthemiseryoftravelincompatibility.Thefollowingarequestionstoaskbeforeyoudecidetotakeatripwithothers.Theyarenotinorderofimportancebecauseorderofimportanceprobablyvariesaccordingtothepersonalitiesofthepersonswhoarethinkingoftravelingtogether.Thesequestionsapplywhetheryoutravelbyfoot,train,subway,plane,car,bike,horse,motorcycle,oranyothermeans.Ofcourse,somepeopleliketofightwhentheytraveltogether.Theythriveontensionandrecrimination.Ifthat’syou,don’treadthisarticle.
1.Areyouareturtleorarabbit?
Turtlesliketotaketheirtimeandthinkaboutthings.Rabbitsareraringtogoanddon’ttakemuchtimetodeliberate.Atmanypointsinatrip,thesedifferencesshowup.Herearesomeexamplesofhowturtlesandrabbitsbehavewhileontripstogether.
Youlookatamaptofindaplaceyoubothwanttogo
.Therabbitdiscoversarouterightaway,whiletheturtleisstillthinkingthingsthrough.Theissuetodiscussiswhethertherabbitwillwaituntiltheturtlehasdiscoveredaroute,too.Iftheturtlehasidentifiedanalternativeroute,arebothofyouwillingtodiscussthealternatives?Finally,cantheturtleandtherabbitcometoajointdecisionaboutwhichroutetofollow?
Planningrouteseachday.
Theturtlewantstothinkaboutandplanwhichsightstoseeeachday.Thismayinvolveahalfhourorhourofplanningbeforesettingout.Therabbitwantstotakeoffrightaway.Canboththeturtleandtherabbitaccommodatetoeachother’sstyles?
Howlongtostayatasite
.Therabbitlooksaroundforawhileandisreadytomoveon.Theturtlewantstolinger,perhapssitandmeditateuponthesightorevent.Ifonetravelerisarabbitandtheotherisaturtle,howwillyouhandlethisdifference?
Howquicklyorslowlydoyoueat?
Ifoneofyoueatsmoreslowlythantheother,thenthepersonwhofinishesfirstmayfinditdifficulttowaitforthesloweaterto
 
finish.Thisisevenmoredifficultifthepersonwhotakesalongtimeoveramealtalksalotinsteadofeating.Beforeyoudecidetotraveltogether,goouttoeattwoorthreetimesandtestthecompatibilityofyoureatinghabits.Agreeonhowyouwillhandleanydifferencesineatingtime.Forexample,willthesloweaterbeoffendedifthepersonwhofinishesfirsttakesawanderandthenreturnswhenthesloweatershouldbefinished?Ifthesloweatertakesoffenseandthefastereaterfindsithardtositandwait,thisisnotagoodsignfortravelcompatibility
2.Doyoumakejointorunilateraldecisions?
Asdiscussed,turtlestaketimetomakedecisions.Rabbitsmakequickdecisions.Thefollowingarequestionsforrabbitsandturtlestodiscusswitheachother.
Doyoudiscussvariousrouteswithyourtravelcompanionbeforeyouchosea
routeto
f 
ollow?
Turtlesmaywanttomapoutaroute,evenwriteitdown.Rabbitsmaypreferamorehitandmissapproach.Whichstyledoyouprefer?Howwillyounegotiatedifferences?
Dorabbitsexpectturtlestofollow? 
Whenrabbitsmakequickdecisionssuchaswhichroutetotake,dotheymoveoffrightawayandexpectturtlestogoalongwiththeirdecisions?Dotheygetangrywhenturtlessay,“Waitaminute?Ineedtofigurethisout,too?”Doturtlesfollowbutfeelangryabouttherabbits’demandstogetmovingbeforeturtlesknowwheretheyaregoing?
Whileenroute,howdoyoumakedecisions?
Theturtleistakingthelead—eitheronfoot,bike,horse,driving,oranyotherway.Theturtleandtherabbithavedecidedontheroute,includingthelandmarkstheywillpassastheytravel.Theturtletakesaleftturn.Therabbitsaysit’stotheright.Howdoyoudecidewhichwaytogo?Willoneofyouinsistyouareright?Willyouconsultamapandmakeajointdecision?Willyouasksomeonefordirections?
3.Canyouadmityoumadeamistake?Better,canyoulaughatyourownmistakes?
Travelinvolvesmanydecisions,bigandlittle.Youwillmakemistakes.Doyouthinkmistakesarepartoflife,includingtravel?Doyouseethemaslessonslearned?Canyoulookforthesilverlininginyourmistakes?Sometimestherearen’tanysilverlinings.Canyouacceptthat?Eitherturtlesorrabbitscanfeelbadaboutmistakesandthinktheyreallyscrewedup.Mistakescanputyouoryourtravelcompanionsinafunkymood.Whathappenstoyouwhenyoumakeamistake?Areyouphilosophical?Doyoutakesay,“Imadeamistake?”Doyouacknowledgeanyinconvenienceyourmistakemayhavecaused.Ifyougetupsetwhenyoumakeamistake,isthereanythingyourtravelcompanionscandotohelpyoudealwithhowyouhandlemistakesyoumade?Howwouldyou

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Hi Jane! How are you? Im Monica, from Mexico, did you remember me? We "climb" Rocca Maggionere in Assisi together, This is a great article! I hope you are doing well. Keep in touch.
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Hi, Rose. Thank you. These are hard-won lessons. If others can benefit, I'd be delighted. it takes guts to talk about these things before we decide to travel together or not. Relationships work out sometimes through sheer luck and most often through luck and honesty.
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Some very important things to consider. Thanks for sharing your insights!
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