I had a nasty breakup with my boyfriend of three years on New Year’s Eve. During Christmas his family had invited me to go winter camping with them in February. I still want to go because I love his family and even his sister told me I should go with them.
What do you think? I’ve already asked for the time off from work and bought some cool camping gear. Also, I don’t think I should be left out of the fun just because my ex is a jerk.
Signed, Camping Kara
First, I’d like to say it sounds like you dodged a bullet. Camping in the dead of winter? What kind of fresh hell is that? This is my way of saying under no circumstances are you to go on your former boyfriend’s family vacation. I don’t care what his sister says it would be at best uncomfortable and at worst an emotional blizzard. This is your life not a Nicholas Sparks movie where you’ll be reunited with your ex after a deadly avalanche makes him realize how much he still loves you.
Have you even thought about the what if’s? As in what if your ex brings a new girlfriend to the vacay? Also, you’re going to be out in the wilderness. It’s not like if things go cray you can call Uber and head for the airport. You’ll be trapped with these people in an igloo or snow hut where your only chance at escape is being eaten by a bear.
Trust me on this – return your camping gear, stay home and work on moving forward with your life.