Introvert 101: How to survive on vacation with other people

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Introverts love their alone-time.

Going on vacation with others can be downright scary. What if they talk all the time? What if I don’t know what to say?

And heavens forbid: What if I want to be alone at some point?

Know thyself

How much alone time do you require on normal days or over the course of a week?

Keep that in mind and let your travel companions know. Everyone needs a breather once in a while, so your friends will understand.

If you travel with family – then good luck to you.

Choose the right people

You have a clear understanding of how your friends and family function.

After all, you are an introvert with a lot of introspection. Deep down you know which friend will drive you nuts over the course of 3 weeks while trekking through the Himalayas.

Make a list of all your friends and note down how much time you can spend with them without exploding.

Learn to say no

Not in the mood for the wild untamed party boat?

Say something like: “That sounds like a lot of fun. Honestly, I need some quiet right now. Is it ok for you guys if I stay by the pool reading my book? I don’t want to ruin this trip for you with me moping around.”

Make it clear that you would love for them to go and they don’t have to worry about you.

Now go buy that plane ticket!

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