4THE ONE WHO DOESN’T PLAN AT ALL. EVER.

CLEO (Malaysia) - - TRAVEL SPECIAL -

Will lose their board­ing pass ap­prox­i­mately 0.01 sec­onds af­ter re­ceiv­ing it.

If you’re notic­ing that this per­son is al­ler­gic to plans, it most likely means that you aren’t. Put your or­gan­i­sa­tional skills to good use and guide your friend. Re­mind them to keep their be­long­ings se­cure and have copies of all the im­por­tant doc­u­ments handy. We know hav­ing to babysit a friend can be an­noy­ing, but, trust us, this will work out to your ben­e­fit.

This is where mak­ing lists are es­sen­tial. No, not the su­per­mar­ket kind, the hol­i­day bucket list kind. “En­cour­age your pal to iden­tify what they’d like to achieve on the trip — be it a great meal or climb­ing an epic tower,” sug­gests Jes­sica. “When they’re men­tally pre­par­ing them­selves, it would help that per­son get a bit more or­gan­ised.”

First, re­mem­ber that they haven’t done any­thing wrong per se; they just en­joy your com­pany (be­cause who wouldn’t?). Although, it’s un­der­stand­able that when go­ing on a trip with a friend, you’ll want to go your sep­a­rate ways some­times. Try to in­tro­duce them to oth­ers in the group they might be able to hang out with. If they ask “What’s the plan for to­day?”, turn it around and ask what their plans are in­stead.

If all your sub­tle at­tempts to sep­a­rate fails, just be up­front and say you need an alone pe­riod. Set a time when you both can meet up again later. Good luck!

You don’t have to grin and wing it any­more!

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