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DearSugar Needs Your Help: My Friend Invited Herself on Our Road Trip!

Dear Sugar and Wants to Be Alone Allison need your help! She's going away for Labor Day weekend with her boyfriend and they have been really looking forward to spending the 6 hour car ride alone but her friend found out where they're going and wants to tag along. How can she politely let her friend know that she's not invited without hurting her feelings?


Dear Sugar--

My boyfriend and I are planning on going away for Labor Day weekend. We have been really looking forward to spending the 6 hours together in the car on the way to our destination. One major problem - a friend of mine found out about our trip and asked if she could tag along because she has friends and family at the place we are going to. She is too cheap to purchase a plane ticket and figured this would be a good opportunity to catch a free ride so she can see her relatives.

She wouldn't hang out with us once we got there but we still don't necessarily want company on the ride. I told her we are still toying with the idea of flying even though that's a bold face lie. I don't want to come off as selfish but my boyfriend and I really want to take this as an opportunity to have fun alone. Is it completely bad of me to lie and say we went ahead and booked our flight so that she doesn't tag along as a third wheel? What if she finds out? I would tell her the truth but I'm worried that she'll take it personally and get really offended if I tell her we just want alone time but I also don't want to just suck it up and let her come. What should I do?

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