When it comes to traveling with a group of friends, it is pretty much safe to say that conflicts are inevitable. We all know that conflicts can occur pretty much anywhere, right? When you travel, work, or communicate with others, there is a slight chance that you may end up arguing, not wanting to talk to anybody, or simply becoming passively aggressive. Avoidance is one of the most common tactics that people use when they want to get away from potential conflicts, but trying to avoid a conflict will hardly do you any good. Due to the fact that traveling is a social activity, there is a slight chance that the group dynamics might cause some damage to your dream trip. Now, don’t get us wrong, but this is true even if you are traveling solo. And we can safely assume that you wouldn’t want to face any conflicts during your dream trip, would you? Of course you wouldn’t!
There are some people out there who think that the chance of them ending up in a conflict while traveling is simply non-existent. But the real truth is that something like that could only be true if they decided to embark on a round-the-world journey without ever seeing anybody, let alone communicating with people. And even then they wouldn’t be completely safe. When it comes to traveling the world, having good communication skills is very important. The reason for this is because we use communication do express our needs and desires, as well as our fears. With this in mind, it is very important to note that communication itself doesn’t cause conflicts – it usually triggers them. With that said, here are some things that you can do to resolve conflicts while traveling.
Figure Out People’s Intentions
Generally speaking, people have good intentions. But sometimes, people don’t know how to properly express their intentions, which usually leads to an argument. That being said, you need to figure out what people’s true intentions are, and then come up with a good, honest answer of your own.
Encourage In-Person Communication
One of the best ways to resolve an issue permanently is to have a face-to-face conversation. No social media platforms and no text messages. Just remember to be open, honest, and calm, okay?
Resist the Urge To Resolve the Issue Immediately
Don’t try to resolve the issue immediately. Making a rush decision could actually make the whole situation even worse. So, take some time, listen to the complaints, and then try to come up with a good solution.