When our kids were little, really little, we traveled at a pretty slow pace. If you’ve traveled with a Little Person, you understand that everything takes longer than expected. You have to wrestle with car seats, nap time, bed time, hunger pangs, little legs and shorter attention spans. Now that we occasionally travel without the kids, something is quite apparent. The Mister and I suffer from TSI…Travel Style Incompatibility.
My sweet husband is the Energizer Bunny of travel. He is the only person I know who completed the entire British Museum collection in 90 minutes. I am the Cecil Turtle of travel. It takes me 90 minutes to work through one gallery at the V & A. We are officially the Tortoise and Hare of worldwide travel.
The Mister’s idea of a perfect day in a new city is 12 hours of sightseeing completed by lunch, which leaves enough time for 12 additional hours of sightseeing before dinner. Twenty-four hours worth of activities squeezed into 8 hours. With time for a walk before bed. Rinse, lather, repeat. My perfect day in a new city is a leisurely mix of wandering, sightseeing and multiple stops for food and photography. His preferable breakfast is a banana in his backpack and a to-go coffee, mine involves a neighborhood cafe, endless cups of coffee and a lot of people-watching. How do you plan happy travel for a box-checker and a “loose agenda, this-looks-cool-let’s-go-do-that-instead-after-a-coffee” person?
We’re trying to figure it out. He is certainly wiser than he once was and knows it’s better to wake me up with a “Look! I brought you coffee!” instead of “Hey! It’s already 7 o’clock! How much time do you need to get ready to go?” I’ve learned not to plan sitting-on-the-beach vacations or endless afternoons poking through ancient, overgrown cemeteries. It’s about compromise and learning from each other. I think we can do that. How do you balance two different personalities while traveling? Tell me your secrets!
Things to Know
*No feelings were harmed during the writing of this post.