There are countless stories about friends who excitedly decide to take off on an excursion together, only to discover they aren't well-suited to traveling as a pair. Traveling with a buddy can be incredibly rewarding - you just need to find the right person. Here are 5 ways you know you have partnered with the ultimate travel companion:
1. THEY OPERATE ON YOUR SCHEDULE
This may not seem like the biggest concern, but you'd be amazed at the amount of friction caused between early-risers and those who like to lumber out of bed late. Your ideal travel buddy must understand you operate on a certain schedule and place value on getting out and seeing the world. Ultimately, the most important part of your travels is to see and do as much as you can in new parts of the world.
2. THEY LIKE TO DISCOVER NEW THINGS
An ideal travel buddy likes to ask questions, wants to see new things, and is excited to dig just a little deeper to explore some of the wonders of the world in a refreshing way. You'll learn together and create more lifelong memories when you both approach travel with a sense of wonder.
3. THEIR BUDGET IS SIMILAR TO YOURS
It is important to understand the type of journey you're embarking on. Do you prefer five-star dinners with wine pairings and multiple courses or is the goal to dine on local fare from street vendors? Either way, establish early-on the budget you're both working with and how you plan to allocate it along the way. Planning a multi-day, private journey can help you budget better, since many of the activities, accommodations, meals, and transportation in the country or city you are in will be covered.
4. THEY'RE APPROPRIATELY OUTGOING
It pays to partner with a travel buddy who can not only hold a conversation with you, but will also communicate effectively with the people you meet on your trip. To get the most out of a new destination one must be open to conversing with the locals, learning public transportation systems and communicating with staff at various places you stay. An open mind and open dialogue will ensure you both become fully immersed in the locale.
5. THEY CAN LAUGH THROUGH ADVERSITY
You'll deal with the airlines, security checkpoints, lost luggage, international customs, and other potentially stressful situations over a lifetime of travel adventures, so make sure your travel buddy is up to the challenge and can take these curveballs in stride. Someone with a good sense of humor and a bit of optimistic confidence might define the ideal contemporary travel partner.
Get ready to plan your year of exciting travel destinations today - always keeping in mind that your choice of travel companion can truly enhance your experience.