So you are traveling with your special someone…and their parents.
You love and appreciate these people. There’s no doubt about that. If not for them, you would not have met that beautiful person you are with today. The thing is this the first time you will be embarking on a trip with them, and are actually the one taking charge.
Whatever happens, keep in mind that this is a vacation you’re taking. Fun should always be in the equation.
Keep your cool with these tips.
Ask about everyone’s suggestions.
Preparing everything for the trip on your own would not do the trick.
Rest assured that someone in the group is bound to contest the day’s itinerary. You are highly likely to be in hot water any moment. It is inevitable that someone shall point fingers at you even when the incident is beyond controllable.
To avoid these sanity-challenging scenarios, talk to everyone involved ahead of the time. Gather suggestions. Find out where they want to stay, go and dine. This way, you share responsibility how the trip turns out.
This means less pressure and tendencies of heated debates occurring over meals.
You certainly cannot miss talking about expenses.
If your in-laws are that rich they are volunteering to pay for everything, decide carefully whether the offer is worth accepting. You might have gotten away, completing the trip without shedding bucks. But overtime, you probably might have to pay a much steeper price. Study possible consequences.
On the flip side, if you and your partner have more resources then you can offer to take care of the bill. But should your in-laws get pushy about paying for your dinner then you need not wrestle with them. Accept kindness graciously.
Spare your partner.
Do not blame your partner in case their parents get so emotional or annoying during the trip.
Your partner is probably also stressed with what is happening so you need not complicate the situation. Talk to them calmly instead. Remind your significant other you are there in case they need anything.
In case you feel you are about to explode, leave the area peacefully so you avoid saying things you’ll later regret. No resolution is ever reached when emotions are at its peak. Reserve discussions with your other half once you have already calmed down.
Enjoy some private time.
Your in-laws might want to have some solo time with their child. Allow them that opportunity. Anticipate at the same time that they are going to talk about you, one way or another. Do not let negative thoughts cloud up your mind though.
Talk to your partner as well about having some private time, away from their parents. You need not disclose to your in-laws activities you will be embarking on. But it helps that you prepare suggestions what they can do while you two are spending quality time together.
Like essay writing, planning travel itineraries can be so daunting.
You want to impress and ensure that everyone enjoys the experience. Take it easy. These are your parents too that you’re dealing with. And one mistake will never change that fact. So relax! Slow down when you feel overwhelmed or tensed.
Nettie Gray loves traveling with both the young and old. She finds the energy of the young contagious, and the stories of the old inspiring.