We all may have that one friend, or two, that we label as “nega (negative)” especially when we embark on an adventurous getaway. They tend to be the “kill-joy“. They prefer the safe zone. Though being a pessimist may have a strong negative connotation, but it also brings several benefits and advantages. Here are few of the advantages when traveling with pessimists.
They tend to downgrade expectations.
Just when you have planned your trip and everything, with those great photos in your mind as what you saw over the internet and other sources, came your pessimistic friend who collapsed it all over by his/her realistic side of expectations and explanations. Yes, it’s such a bummer, but hey! Your pessimistic friend is just being realistic. They are just protecting and preparing you by downgrading your expectations rather than crushing your over-all experience because of your high expectations that were not met.
It is always a better feeling to be rewarded unexpectedly than to expect being rewarded and get nothing.
They are extra-cautious.
Pessimists tend to choose the safer choice. As much as possible, preventing and walking away from things that might pose threats towards their safety. They are good at critical thinking and analyzing situations and choices. They are great at anticipating upcoming events that may come up, especially the worst ones, and help in constructing strategic plans to counter-act and re-balance. With that, they are a great addition to the travel group. They tend to prioritize safety. You can now enjoy your trip while at the same time feel safe.
Safety should always be on one of the top priorities when traveling.
They think ahead of the “what-if” situations.
One of the ways to spot a possible pessimist is that during the planning stage, they often ask questions like “What if” then followed by a negative situation. You may get sick and tired of these questions and feel like that certain person is trying to inject negative vibes on your plans. On the brighter side, it opens-up your plans on different options.
They help the group in thinking of the possible situations that might be encountered later, thus helping the group in creating back-up plans and branching out itineraries. Imagine when you stick on your sole itinerary then suddenly a chain of unexpected events came up. Itinerary and plans ruined! Well, good thing you got a back-up plan. No time wasted. You can still go on with your vacation and or adventures. It may be a hassle, but better prepared than sorry.
They carry with them those “extras“.
Imagine you are on a multi-day trek and you ran out of the most essential thing in the middle of your itinerary. WATER. Thankfully you have this friend who always brings extra. You’re saved!
Pessimists tend to bring extras of the important things just to prepare them for the worst situations. Some might say that they are over-packing. But basically, they just act like a parent for themselves and for the others. Parents do over-pack things when going out with their kids. They bring extra diapers, milk powders, distilled water, and even toys for their kids. This is to prepare them for the unexpected needs of their children. Just like that, pessimists tend to be ready and sometimes bring extra stuff we might see as unnecessary.
They can be self-sufficient.
Since pessimists always think of the worst-case scenarios. They equip and ready themselves for the unexpected. They tend not to rely on to others, especially for their personal needs. Come any weather and they can surely survive on their own. Hunger strikes, they have their ready-to-eat meals packed in case cooking is not possible. Sudden rain? High chance they brought with them their raincoat.
The point is when you have them in the group, there will be lesser to think and care about. They can manage on their own, rely on themselves and are self-sufficient.
They basically are ready for worst case scenarios.
So tap the shoulder and thank your pessimistic travel buddy today, or yourself. I’m pretty sure at one point that being a pessimistic adventurer really helped a lot in making the trip successful and enjoyable.