Serious Question: Should Your Partner Do Everything You Want To Do On Vacation?

March 24, 2016  |  

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Earlier this month, a woman’s theme park picture went viral because of how angry she looked on what should have been an enjoyable event — riding down Splash Mountain.

The woman, Jordan Alexander, was upset because her husband decided at the last minute not to accompany her on the Disney ride, hence the stank face. Her husband Steve told ABC’s WHAM, that he canceled on his wife because they spent the entire day in the theme park with their infant daughter and in-laws and he was simply exhausted. Despite this, Jordan still decided to go on the ride by herself but, by the looks of the picture, she didn’t seem to enjoy the ride very much.

Jordan purposely kept a straight face for the ride’s camera to capture her expression just to spite her husband. Once she got off the ride and purchased the photo, Jordan’s husband said “She marched up to me and held out the picture and she said, ‘Here, I did this for you!’ I took one look at the picture and we just died laughing.”

As they laughed about their petty mishap, Jordan encouraged her husband to post her photo online, therefore, making it an internet and meme sensation. Although they are laughing at the incident now, we know many women can related to Jordan’s reaction, which begs the question: must partners participate in every activity their significant others want to while on vacation?

Personally, I find unified vacations annoying. When someone makes you feel obligated to participate in an activity you’re not interested in or too tired to attend, the vacation feels more like work than fun. And while I understand, everyone has a certain vision of how they want to enjoy their trip, a partner’s forceful energy can quickly turn an entire trip sour. I can’t lie; I probably would be upset if my significant other opted out of quality time, especially if we were around our families the whole day –in the hot sun, with an infant. But I would probably make up for the lost time in our hotel room or plan on going on the ride the next day when we both felt more up to it. Maybe that’s just me.

How would you react if you were Jordan? Should traveling couples be flexible or execute a schedule while on vacation?

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