Introvert overwhelm is very common on vacation and can cause anxiety, these 5 essential travel tips for introverts will help ease overwhelm and make for a happier vacation experience for all.
5 Essential Travel Tips for Introvert Overload
First, let’s define an introvert just to make sure we are all on the same page. OK, we can’t really define an introvert because no two introverts are exactly alike. But in general, introverts tend to be reflective, think before they speak, have a few close friends and do enjoy being with a loved one and family members, despite their need to be alone.
Introverts tend to get excited and energized when involved with ideas and images while being reflective. They also bring a calming energy to those around them. Like all of the preferences related to Myers-Briggs Type® Indicator, introverts tend to have innate preferences aka what you use most often.
Speak up! You need to make your vacation needs apparent, especially if you are traveling with a tribe of extroverts. They happily plan activity after activity at dizzying speeds. It’s not that an extrovert doesn’t care about what you like, they just assume you would love to be at a music festival with 10,000 fans! If you want to avoid extreme extrovert activities, you will need to make your desires known in order to have a fulfilling vacation experience.
It’s harder for an introvert to take action when they don’t have any idea of what they will be doing. They prefer to have a clear plan and then take action. Let’s be honest, it can’t always be all about you so understand some experiences won’t be defined, but knowing this upfront can relieve a bit of vacation stress. A frank discussion on this topic is needed with your family or lover before packing up the car.
Schedule alone time. This doesn’t mean isolating yourself from the entire holiday experience, but spending time alone after extroverted-induced socializing is a good thing. It’s not that you don’t like spending time with your extroverted family or loved one, but too many activities, people, and on-the-go adventures will leave you drained. Communicate to your family your need for a few hours to recharge, hug them, and be on your way.
Plan for one-on-one experiences whenever possible. These experiences work best for introverts as they like to focus on one thing at a time. No better memories are created than experiencing a unique memory shared with a loved one. Why do you think Mother/daughter or Father/son vacations and vice versa are so popular? If you are an introverted parent traveling with an extroverted child or a lover, it’s OK to let them plan the adventure. Trust me, you will enjoy reflecting on the experience for many years to come, plus the memories you create will be cherished forever.
Talk to your family about planning a total introverted experience and explain it in detail – yep, that means pulling your ideas out of your head and onto the table for discussion. Educate your family on why it is important for you to be reflective and take in the world around you as opposed to a constant flurry of activities. A few examples of an introverted experience could be a museum tour, a solo hike, paddle or walk.
Travel can be about self-exploration and growing as a person. It doesn’t have to be about losing your authentic self to please everyone in your travel party. That my friends is total insanity, plus it causes all kinds of stress and strain, not only for you but for your travel mates as well.
Once you understand your own travel needs and those of your loved ones, you can travel deeper. Traveling deeper provides time to reach below the surface throw out what is no longing working and adopt something new to improve oneself, returning home renewed, replenished and rejuvenated.
It’s much simpler to plan vacations when you understand each another’s type. Vacations become more blissful and less stressful because you take into consideration each other’s desires, wants, and needs on a much deeper level. It helps to let go of the surface stuff which in reality, is not all that important.
It is my hope you found these five essential travel tips for introverts useful. Let me know if you use these tips to plan your next vacation. If you do share how they worked; the good and bad! Also if you feel like it, share these tips with an introverted friend who may also find them useful!
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