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Gretchen Rubin

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Tips for Knowing If You and a Friend Would Be Good Traveling Companions.

April 12th, 2016

Episode 247 of 397 episodes

I’m way behind on reading my magazines (are we the only household in American who gets The New Yorker magazine every day?), so I only just read an interesting piece from the March 21 issue of New York magazine, The Complicated Part of the Friend Trip. In a subsection, “Whom Do We Invite?” the article cites psychologist Michael Brein’s compatibility scale, which asks: Do you have similar activity levels? Do you have the same day/night patterns? Say, does one person want to get up early and start the day, while another person wants to party late into the night? Do you have the same sense of “time urgency”? In other words, does one person want to make a plan and stick to it, while another person wants to keep things loose? I think these are three terrific questions to ask. For several years, my family has taken a summer trip with another family, and it’s really important to think about compatibility — and also to accept that your family’s way isn’t necessarily the right way, or the wrong way. For instance, the family we travel with has a higher group energy level than my family. Before ending the day, they’ll often ... The post Tips for Knowing If You and a Friend Would Be Good Traveling Companions. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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