Assuming you are traveling with a husband, wife, partner, my advice is to make sure you like them. Oh you say you love them dearly, and I am sure you do. But do you LIKE them? Will they make you crazy in three days? Are you able to communicate without yelling? What is yelled at the campground is heard by all of the campground and talked about, tweeted, facebooked , possibly videoed and handed down for generations. Open and honest communication is a must. Understanding each others likes and dislikes and respecting them is certainly important for harmony. Before hitting the road, discuss each others duties, chores and responsibilities. After all, you will be living in a very tight, small, sometimes cluttered, lack of privacy and step-over-each-other space. Allow each other space and alone time.
- Discuss your expectations of your trip. Never assume you are on the same page. Pages can turn pretty fast! Be honest with each other. Will you always agree? Oh Paleeeze! Here is the word of the day…compromise!
- We have golf as a shared interest. Exploring new and interesting places. Check. Shopping in unique little shops…maybe some..maybe not so much.
- History…we both love that! Local craft shops? Me yes…DreamDuffer not so much.
- Wine vineyards and wine tasting? I am so there! He can take it or leave it.
- Tool and die shops, engineering shops, motors, inventions and cars? Me..not so much..DreamDuffer? Well yes! Where I am going with this? Compromise! Give and take. There are enough hours in the day to see what you both like. When you get back to camp, discuss the day. Enjoy both views and ilikes.
Even though you share many interests, you probably don’t share all hobbies. I like to paint, craft, read and write. DreamDuffer doesn’t. Enjoying the time with each other is great, taking over another’s life with just what you like to do is selfish. Each of you should spend some time enjoying your own hobbies. Time on your own does not need to be all day, or ignoring your partner. Take a small amount of time to enjoy your interests and let your partner enjoy theirs.