We’ve all seen them and we’ve all been at least one of them. So today I thought it would be fun to list out the different kinds of personalities one usually experiences on a trip. As much as I enjoy solo traveling, I have also been on trips with a gang of people so the below is something that stemmed from my own observation.
So here are the five major kinds of unfavourable travel companions:-
1. The I’M-NOT-FEELING-WELL
Isn’t there at least one person like this in every group? You know, the kind of person you stay away from for the fear that they might vomit all over you? Especially while driving on a mountainous road? Yes that very same person. And by the way, true story.
Now, there are all kinds of problems. Some people suffer from vertigo, some cannot bear extreme weather conditions, some shy away from the prospect of any kind of physical exhaustion. Basically, they create major road blocks to what should be a smooth trip. Needless to say, they make less than ideal travel companions and you’d much rather you were without them.
The only good that can come out of having these people around? Medical supplies! These are the people who usually are found carrying every kind of medication possible. So in the off chance that you do catch a headache, you have to look up to them indeed for an aspirin.
2. The UNINTERESTED
The nonchalant. The lazy bum. Yes, the kind of person who comes on a trip just because. And not really because he wants to do/see something.
Picture this, you get all excited and explain to your group that there’s a waterfall nearby in which you could go take a dip, this person won’t even look up from his smartphone and will simply give a lifeless, “Cool.” Talk about priorities.
Oh, and don’t even try waking them up early mornings to catch the sunrise. They’d be annoyed at you for wanting to see something so mundane.
3. The DICTATOR
Who died and made you king, seriously? While it’s true that a group needs that one person to lead the decision making process, there are just some people who make it their job to drive every single thing. They decide which places you are supposed to visit, at what time, and oh, wearing what kind of clothes. And yea, have fun arguing over where to have dinner.
It’s even worse if they’re the bossy types. They won’t listen to suggestions or any of that sort. They have the entire screenplay figured out in which we’re just mere players.
The other kind of dictator is an invisible one. He will give you an illusion that you are part of the decision making process, but finally makes you agree to what he originally had in mind. Sneaky bastard.
4. The EASILY BORED
The worst. And it’s more annoying when they’re vocal about it. Enough to dampen anyone’s mood.
This is the kind of person who asks if anyone would like to join him for a game of cards, when you could go out and explore the neighborhood instead. These people always need something exciting to be happening to keep them afloat. So it’s always fun games(!) and activities(!), instead of actually doing what you were actually meant to be doing i.e touristy things.
Surprisingly, only a very few people seem annoyed by this kind. I think homo sapiens are naturally programmed to give more importance to ‘fun’.
5. The IMPATIENT
With them it’s always – okay we’ve seen this now, what next?
Being excited to see a lot of things is fine. But not having the patience and interest to explore something well is just bad. And it leads to arguments, since you want to stay longer to appreciate the place or take more photographs but these people won’t have any of that!
6. The NON-FLEXIBLE
These people are pretty stringent about some aspects of their lifestyle which leads everyone else to distress. Usually very fussy, they make a big deal out of little things thereby painting a negative vibe throughout the entire trip. They want everything exactly the way they like it and will never adjust or compromise.
So that’s my list of the top unfavourable travel companions one could have. Do you think I missed out any kind? Let me know in the comments below. Also feel free to share any of your own weird travel experiences.
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