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21 Things to Remember If You Love a Travel Addict

21 Things to Remember If You Love a Travel Addict

Loving a travel addict can be challenging, frustrating, lonely, and exhilarating, all at the same time. You have to admire their sense of adventure, but their nomadic lifestyle can also keep you in a worried state.

If these sound like familiar sentiments, you’re not alone. Here are 21 things you need to understand when you love a travel addict:

1. They can’t sit still.

No matter how hard they try, travel addicts can’t sit still. In fact, if they were forced to stay in one place for an extended period of time, they would probably be terribly miserable.

2. They love change.

Travel addicts absolutely love new experiences and the change that comes with them. They’re always looking to try something new.

3. They aren’t poor at managing money.

Despite what you may believe, travel addicts aren’t wasters of money. Among the few things in the world that are truly worth their price tag, cultural travel experiences are among them.

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4. They aren’t selfish.

While they may leave you for extended periods of time, it doesn’t mean they no longer love you. It’s their way of re-energizing.

5. They love and appreciate your support.

The fact that you let them travel without holding them back will not be lost on a travel addict. They absolutely love and appreciate the support they get from family and friends.

6. They are more likely to be successful.

Because they thrive outside of comfort zone and don’t mind change, travel addicts are more likely to be successful than the average person.

7. They are more aware.

Travel addicts are much more aware of their surroundings and appreciate the beauty to be found in nature.

8. They are very grateful.

At one time or another, every travel addict finds him or herself in a poor area or third-world country. This provides perspective and instills appreciation of the things they have.

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9. They can relax.

People seem to think travel addicts are high-strung individuals who enjoy bouncing off the walls. But many enjoy relaxing; just not at home.

10. They know how to navigate airports.

Ever have a question about airport travel? Travel addicts are extremely proficient at moving quickly through security, baggage claim, registration and ticket purchases, etc.

11. They value reminders of home.

Just because travel addicts love to travel doesn’t mean they hate home. They almost always appreciate small gifts that remind them of home.

12. They can sleep anywhere.

You can tell a travel addict from a normal person by observing his or her sleep habits. A travel addict can sleep anywhere, any time.

13. They don’t get lost.

Travel addicts don’t get lost, they just get off the beaten track. Whenever they find themselves in a different place, they explore before rerouting.

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14. They aren’t defined by possessions.

Physical possessions don’t mean much to travel addicts. They almost always prefer experiences ahead of objects.

15. They don’t judge you for not traveling.

As a byproduct of experiencing so many different people and cultures, travel addicts are not judgmental. They’ll let you make your own decisions.

16. They love money as gifts.

Because travel addicts don’t place much emphasis on material possessions, they almost always enjoy gifts in the form of money.

17. They love maps.

Whether it’s a digital GPS or a physical paper, travel addicts love to study maps and fantasize about new places.

18. They hate when people ask about settling down.

There’s nothing more annoying to a travel addict than when somebody asks them when they’re going to be ready to settle down. Traveling is a lifestyle to them, not a phase.

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19. They are always looking forward to the next trip.

As soon as a travel addict returns home from a trip, they’re already thinking about the next one. They disdain long lapses between adventures.

20. They don’t mind companions.

There are times when travel addicts enjoy being alone, but more often than not, they don’t mind bringing a companion along for the fun.

21. They are master researchers.

Travel addicts can maneuver travel blogs, websites, books, and magazines like nobody else. They know how to find exactly what they’re looking for.

If you understand these 21 facts, you can relate to the travel addicts in your life better, and truly know where they come from.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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