France Part 4: Couples Traveling TogetherJune 22, 2010 at 6:04 AM | Posted in Family Life, France, Relationships | 6 Comments
I have a big idea for couples who travel together on trips of 5 days or more. Now, my wife and I do not travel with other couples nor do we have any plans to begin. However, I have done a lot of over-hearing and I have a vivid imagination.
I propose that, weeks prior to the vacation, couples compile and then agree on a list of at least 25 topics to talk about throughout their trip. They then prioritize. So, for example, the first topic could be their children (how they just got into one of the 3 schools in the United States, Harvard, Yale or Princeton), the second topic might be their last vacation, the third might be cars, the fourth dogs. The order is up to the couples — who am I to judge?
Once one topic is covered to at least one of the couples satisfaction, they must move on to the next topic and that first topic, say children, must move to the back of the deck. Children can not be brought up again until all of the other 24 topics are covered.
My wife, upon my presentation of my big idea, wondered if it would work for just one couple. It is a valid question, the general concept being profound, but I am not suggesting it at this point. I think that this method, so new, could engender fights which puts the long-dreamt-of-vacation-bliss in jeopardy.
However, my plan can aid hotel hijinks because it provides a platform for one couple to agree amongst themselves as to how bad the other couple is behaving – how they are not following the rules. One can now agree whole-heartedly with their spouse, which is so hard to do in real life.