Although summer is over, many families will continue to travel this fall. You and your family might be traveling somewhere for fall break, for your alma mater’s upcoming football game, or for the upcoming holidays. With that being said, no one wants to go on a road trip or travel with friends or family that they might be having conflicts or an argument with. Follow these 5 tips to ensure that you have stress-free travel.
1. Resolve Disagreements BEFORE Your Trip
This is especially true when taking extended family trips since there are more people involved. For example, if you and your sister haven’t been seeing eye-to-eye on the way you are raising your kids, then you should definitely sit down and have a talk to resolve this issue before the trip begins. Remember why you are traveling and have fun!
2. Decide to Put Conflicts Behind You
If you are having a disagreement with someone who will be on the trip with you, try to put it past you and focus on having an enjoyable time. This can definitely be easier said than done, but it will help make the trip much more enjoyable for you and the others around you.
3. Engage in Activities Everyone Can Enjoy
During your trip, make sure you are taking part in activities that include everyone. If the kids want to go to a theme park for the day, make sure there are other options that older members of the family can enjoy as well.
4. Disengage From Social Networks
It is great to post pictures and memories of your trip, but leave it at that. When you are on vacation or on a trip, don’t focus on other people and what they are doing. Travel should be a time that you are living in the moment and enjoying the time with your family and friends.
5. Have FUN!
The most important tip to avoid conflicts while traveling is to enjoy and have fun! As Gretchen at Good Housekeeping said in her blog post, “because of the psychological phenomenon of the “negativity bias,” we’re all more sensitive to negative events and thoughts than to positive ones.”
If you are traveling internationally, remember to take a look at travel warnings and stay up to date so you can avoid that conflict as well.