I’m an introvert. I know; so hard to believe. I have a few close friends that I keep in touch with but they are scattered across the US. Every few months I travel to see them and vice versa or we pick a destination where we will meet. As much as I love spending time with my friends, traveling with them can be taxing. Here are some of tips that I follow to stay sane while maintaining a healthy relationship with my friends.
Prep your travel partners beforehand. Let them know you are an introvert and what that entails. Explain that you will regularly need time to yourself.
Begin or end your trip by yourself. Arrive before your friends, stay a few days longer after they depart, or plan a side trip near your destination.
Stay in your own room, Airbnb, or share a two bedroom suite. Having time in the morning and in the evening will give you time to prepare or decompress from the day.
Schedule downtime to recharge. Read, exercise, or enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine alone.
Plan activities to do alone. See a site or partake in an event that you like but your friends aren’t interested in.
Bring a book, earplugs, and headphones. Sometimes you will need to shut the world out when everything is happening all around you.
Step out of your comfort zone. Participate in a group activity like a tour with complete strangers. It will be tiring but you could learn some interesting tips, hear great stories from other people, or make new friends.
Stay out late. What introvert stays out past 9:00PM? Not me. Well a lot happens after the sun goes down, so explore the city in the evening. Your friend will appreciate it.
No matter what be thoughtful of yourself and your friends and have a great time.