Travelling with friends who turned out to be @&(@$(@ -- how do you cope?
A friend and I are currently traveling and he is so annoying and condescending, I don't even know how to enjoy travelling anymore. He complains about the service in restaurants being too slow and being overpriced. He complains about buses arriving late in Bosnia and Croatia. He wanted to ride the train between Sarajevo and Mostar, and when he found out that it will resume in a few days after a hiatus during off-season, he spent a whole day complaining about it.
He criticizes every small thing, like me ordering 0.5L of local beer during dinner (saying I need to start looking after my health as I am getting old -- he doesn't drink), to my spending habits (he doesn't like that my phone, which was a gift, is more expensive than his). He criticizes the pictures I take off him and deletes them right in front of me saying they're ugly. Then, he'd go on a lecture saying that photography is a lost art ever since the common people can take their own photos with no regards to symmetry, lighting, perspective, and aesthetics (lol). He also complains when we are still out by 9pm as he wants to be in bed by 10pm (!). He's an early riser and wants to take pictures without the other tourists (he calls them "unwanted artifacts"), and he has booked all our transportation to leave at around 5-7am. I'm quite laid-back and haven't really complained about all this.
To top it all off, we decided to spend this morning on our own and meet up for lunch around noon, with me holding on to the keys to the Airbnb flat. I decided to check out the local beach here in Split and go for a swim. I couldn't answer his calls as I was swimming (he wanted to go back to the flat), so he sent me the following text below. The SOB threatened to call the police because I didn't answer within 10 minutes!
All the Airbnb accommodation are booked under my name and all the transport tickets have been booked under his. We have one week to go before flying back home, so maybe I should just hold my breath and try and live with his neediness? How do you guys deal with this scenario?