Have you ever had your next vacation imagined perfectly in your head only to find out that your significant other had the complete opposite idea? What do you do if you like it hot but he likes it cold? What do you do about opposite ideal site locations? She likes mountains…but you like the beach? He loves Ireland…but you want a Caribbean destination? Well, it’s time to start compromising! Find the common ground!
Compromising isn’t always easy. One party may feel like his/her idea is taken less seriously in the decision-making process. It may not be easy if you both have two totally different vacations envisioned in your heads. What can you do?
One option is to find any common ground that you can. Last year my boyfriend and I were choosing our next vacation destination and we came across this very dilemma. He wanted a relaxing Caribbean trip and I wanted something with a bit more adventure.
The common ground: a tropical destination that had some exciting activities. I searched for places we could both explore and relax. We found the perfect destination for our needs: Belize. We stayed for eight nights. Four nights for me to explore the Mayan ruins (plus a day trip to Tikal in Guatemala!!) and the jungle and then four nights for him to relax at a beach resort.
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We even compromised on the places to stay in Belize. I found a cute cabin in the jungle which was very affordable and had our basic needs met.
For the relaxing portion, we stayed at more of a higher end resort that he picked out. Win-win!!
But what if there is little or no common ground?
Another option is to alternate vacation choices. However, please don’t pick something your significant other would hate. That will only lead to a bad experience. My boyfriend and I are currently *fingers crossed* planning a trip to Greece this summer (2017).
We have both agreed to a quick two to three-night stopover in another country on the way. I would prefer Ireland or Italy. He prefers beer…I mean Belgium… I have agreed to Belgium but I have already gotten my compromise because we are going on a weekend trip to Shenandoah, VA this year which I have been wanting to do for a while now.
If there isn’t much common ground, try alternating vacations but still try to keep your significant other in mind so the trip is still enjoyable for both of you. Find activities at your destination that you will both enjoy. For our Belgium stopover, I will get to experience a new culture and get a new passport stamp! Side note: I may be passport stamp obsessed….
• Find common ground for your next vacation. It could be the destination climate, your budget, the activities you want to do, etc. Find anything that can help narrow it down.
• Alternate turns on whose vacation ideas you pick each time. Always keep your significant other in mind.
• Enjoy your time together!!! Make every moment a good one.
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