Travelling with a friend or loved one can be an amazing experience. You’ll be able to reminisce about the fantastic memories you make for years to come.
However, choosing a travel partner isn’t always easy. Travel is the best, but it can sometimes bring out the worst in people, especially when things go wrong.
Here are some things you should ask to make sure that you and your travel buddy are on the same page.
Choosing a travel partner
Do you have similar budgets?
Do you prefer frugal or luxury travel? Equally importantly, what can you both you afford? This is essential to figure out before you leave, as it will save you a lot of grief on the road.
The easiest way to do this is to set a firm overall budget for the trip, as well as a daily total.
Then break it down even further. How much are you both happy to spend on accomodation each night? Do you want to eat out every night, or would you like to buy a few things in the grocery store to save money? What do you like to splurge on, and where do you not feel comfortable spending money?
It’s not easy to talk about finances, but it’s crucial to having a good trip. Be upfront about your expectations so there are no arguments to taint your travel experience.
Do you like similar activities?
Travel allows you to learn about the world as you discover new destinations and cultures. However, people approach this in different ways.
You might prefer going from museum to monument, learning all about the history of a destination. Your travel partner might be more into exploring the bars and clubs, getting to know the local people.
Fitness levels might play into this as well. Do you enjoy all-day hikes, or leisurely strolls with plenty of coffee breaks? Would you rather spend an extra few hours in bed, or head out to watch the magical sunrise over your new surroundings?
We recommend each putting together two lists; things you definitely want to do while you’re there, and activities that you have absolutely no interest in. Compare lists, and see if you can come up with a compromise that you are both happy with.
It’s absolutely fine to split up and do your own thing. Alone time can be really beneficial while travelling. But you’re probably considering this trip together because you want spend time together. Make sure there are several types of activities that you’ll both enjoy.
On a similar note, make sure that you discuss your tastes in food. If someone has any dietary restrictions, you’ll need to bear that in mind too. It might be worth looking at a few menus in advance, to make sure that you will both be happy with your dining choices.
Do you like planning everything out, or are you spontaneous?
Perhaps you don’t want to waste a single second when you’re in a new place. Your ideal day of travelling is jam packed, filled with everything the city has to offer. That might be a problem if your travel buddy prefers taking it easy, moving at a leisurely pace, stopping in coffee shops to sit and observe. Or perhaps you are both pretty happy to be spontaneous, travelling without a plan and taking things as they come.
Once you have agreed to a schedule, make sure you stick to it. If you agreed that you would leave the hotel at 8am every morning, don’t be that person who is only halfway dressed – or worse, not even out of bed.
And finally… if your answers to these questions are not the same, is there a compromise that you will both be happy with?
We hate to say it, but sometimes your best friend doesn’t make the best travel partner. And that’s okay!
Travel requires an investment of time and money, so it’s crucial to make sure everyone is going to have the best time possible.
How YOU can be a good travel partner
So you’ve put in the work to pick the perfect travel partner. You’ve made sure that your expectations are aligned, you have similar budgets, and you enjoy similar things. Now it’s time to make sure that YOU are a good travel buddy on the road.
Communication is key!
- If your travel partner is doing something you don’t like, let them know in a friendly manner. They (probably) aren’t trying to annoy you, and it might not be a big deal for them to change their behaviours.
- Likewise, if your travel buddy raises an issue with you, take the feedback on board with a smile.
- Don’t let things fester – it will only make things worse!
The bond you form while travelling with someone is truly special. Now that you’ve picked your travel partner and made sure that you are on the same page, it’s time to start planning your adventure together!