It’s a long weekend and I’ve planned a trip with a few of my friends. As an introvert, group travel can be difficult and I often feel home sick. Introverts get tired when they are out with a group of people, and need some down time alone to recharge. It’s not that I’m not comfortable with the friends I travel with, it’s just how introverts are. If you’re not sure if you are an introvert, check out this article from the Huffington Post to find out!
Hide in the Washroom
Not in some sad sort of way, but just to get some alone time. You’re usually sharing a room, an no matter how big the space is, you just need to be by yourself. When you’re in the washroom, do what you would normally do at home when you’re all alone. Personally, I like to go on my phone and play Candy Crush. I play this game at home after work because it requires no thinking, and it’s just a good little distraction. Sometimes I bring headphones with me and watch a few youtube videos, too. For you, it’s what ever you do when no one is around, and you’re just re-charging. Maybe you call your boyfriend or girlfriend, or maybe you reply to messages you haven’t responded to because you’ve been busy. Give yourself at least 15 minutes for this! You can wake up a bit earlier so no one is waiting for the washroom, or volunteer to use the washroom last after everyone is done.
Get into Bed a Bit Earlier
Most of us are afraid of missing out, that’s why on group trips, you don’t want to be the first to go to bed while everyone else is still up. If this is your mentality, it will be very difficult to no get anxious on a group trip and you’ll likely get very homesick. I used to be very afraid of missing out, but I realize my mental health is more important. If I stay up with other people and end up feeling anxious, I won’t enjoy it anyways. Plus, at the end of the night when everyone is back at the hotel room, there’s probably not too much to miss out on. When you get into bed early, it doesn’t mean you need to go to sleep. Again, take this time to do what you would have normally been doing at home. Do you read a book before bed at home? Do you catch up on the news? Maybe you listen to music to fall asleep. Imitate what you would do at home and it will feel more like home.
Unpack your Bag
I learned this trick years ago while reading someone’s blog. When you’re away on a trip and living out of a suitcase, it’s hard to make it feel like home. If you are an introvert, having the same wake up and getting ready for bed routine is very important. It gives you time to pause and get ready for the day, and time to rest and digest at the end of the night. When you’re things are packed in bags, it basically impossible to have the same routine. We leave things in suitcases and bags out of convenience, and to make checking out easier, but it’s not worth it if you’re an introvert. Give this one a try the next time you’re on a group trip!
Don’t Stress About Packing Everything
If you’re an introvert on a group trip, you want to minimize your stress as much as possible. Make a list and pack what’s on it, but there’s no need to check, and re-check over and over again. It’s very unlikely that you will forget something essential, and even if you do, you can always buy it when you get to your destination. Yes, you end up spending a little more money, but no, it won’t be the end of the world.
Pack Your Bath Towel
I always get a strange and uncomfortable feeling using a hotel’s bath towel. I feel like something that I use so intimately should not belong to anyone but myself. I wouldn’t wear undergarments provided by the hotel, so I wouldn’t use their bath towel either. It might just be me, but it feels like I’m being touched by a stranger. When I’m on a group trip and trying to feel more like myself, I want to feel as at home as I can, so using my own bath towel from home helps me with that. At the very least, it's another item that makes it feel more like home
I hope these 4 tips help you on your next group trip! Now, I am off to pack for Vegas!