If you're planning a trip and you don't have someone to accompany you on your travels, you may be looking for tips for choosing a travel companion and this list may help. Traveling is a wonderful adventure but all too often, we hear those urban travel tales of adventures being spoilt by arguments and conflicts between travel companions. Of course, fall-outs are inevitable where human beings are concerned, but often these can be avoided with some careful vetting before traveling. We assume that our best travel companion will be our best friend because, well, we're BFFs and we get on sooooo well! But sometimes our best friend on home turf can turn out to be our worst enemy as soon as we change time-zones. These tips for choosing a travel companion may help avoid travel trauma in the future.
1. Goals and Expectations
Choosing a travel companion takes time, as sometimes two people can have very different goals and expectations. Firstly, talk to your potential travel companion at great length about what your respective goals and expectations are. Why are you going and what do you each hope to achieve from the trip? Openness and honesty are key here as you're going to be spending a lot of time together. If one of you is intent on doing as little as possible during the day and partying all night whilst the other is keen to see the sights and rest in the evening, it may not work out.
2. Crucial Questions
One idea is to generate a set of key questions to ask your prospective travel partner. You could also ask them to do the same. If your questions differ somewhat, it can speak volumes about your respective agendas where the travel is concerned.
3. Itinerary and Budget
Mind-map a rough itinerary with the places you would like to visit and the activities you intend to do. If your partner also does the same, you will be able to see if you do indeed want to visit the same places and have the same experiences. It's also a good idea to have a budget in mind so you each know how much you're going to need to visit each place and do the activities you each want to do. We all know how money is often the basis for arguments and disputes.
4. Travel Styles
Finding out what your lifestyles are like and whether they differ is also essential. Are each of you a morning or night person? Do either of you smoke or drink? Are you both lovers of shopping? Are you both interested in experiencing the local cultures? Finding out this information can help you decide whether you're compatible travel companions. Of course, you don't have to spend every waking moment together and just because you're different, it doesn't mean you won't be able to travel together.
5. Family Members and Friends
Firstly, you may want to ask family members and friends if they would like to accompany you on your travels. Sometimes this can be difficult as people often have different holiday entitlements, commitments and budget constraints, so you may want to consider looking further afield for a potential travel companion.
6. Travel Companion Exchange
Look online for companies which specialize in putting potential travelers in touch with each other. This can be a great way of meeting like-minded individuals who have travel and adventure on their mind, just like you.
Be patient when searching for a travel companion. This is especially important if you're planning a long trip. Persevere and make sure that you're 'right' for each other, but don't settle just because you're panicking about traveling alone. If you're really struggling to find a travel partner you may want to consider a solo adventure!
Does anyone have any advice for choosing the perfect travel companion? Does anyone have any tales of travel?