The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 125: Tips for Travelling Partners
Fuel prices are climbing fast. We need to band together to save money, but you might be like me and you normally would be selective about your travelling partners and prefer to travel alone. It might be time to reconsider that option. You might be looking at buddying up to make it feasible to head to events near and far. If so, listen to these tips for travelling partners before you make plans with your travel buddies!
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Travelling partners can make our experience even better, but they can also make it less enjoyable.
It’s important to know what you can handle. Everything has a cost and a benefit. You’ll have to decide if the travelling partner situation is worth it based on what you’re saving. Consider what you’re like to travel with and how you can be a better travel buddy.
I’ve had experiences travelling with people who have different personalities. For example, you might like to make last minute plans for your travel and your partner might like to know a few days in advance. When I’ve been in this situation, I’ve had to meet in the middle and make a plan a couple days ahead instead of leaving it until the morning we’re leaving.
Being upfront about expectations is important, especially if you haven’t travelled together before. Figure out who is paying what and what share. Work out sleeping arrangements and travel breaks. Talk about how you’re sharing the driving time and who is keeping records of the expenses.
You can save yourself a lot of uncomfortable conversations by being upfront.
Recognize the emotional maturity and mental toughness of your travelling partners. I don’t think it has anything to do with age. Be aware of others’ energy and vibration. Will others bring sadness, jealousy and resentment or love, joy and peace? Maybe you have the skills to handle a travelling partner with a lower vibration, but maybe you want to avoid this situation.
Know what you can tolerate. Be careful of expectations. Don’t expect people to behave in a certain way and try to avoid adding meaning and stories.
If you’ve been around for a while, you know that I teach energy tools. Remember energy follows imagination and intention. If you’ve learned these tools in Stride or Mental Toughness Bootcamp, you can use the rose exercise or protect yourself with white light or an imaginary armour suit.
Ask yourself, Am I setting myself up for fun?
Remember that you can set an energy and intention over the experience. You aren’t in control of other people, but you can control the energy you give to the situation. You control what you bring and what you encourage. Be the light and energy you want from the experience.
Anytime you can increase your own emotional maturity by doing personal growth work, I think you’ll be a better travelling partner. You’ll also be able to trust yourself and make your own judgments as to what and who is right for you rather than what you think you “should” do or what other people are doing.
Think about the part you play in your travelling partner relationship and how you can take personal responsibility for how you show up. Consider what you can control.
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