How to choose the right travel companion

Here’s what to look for when choosing the right travel companion.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with travelling on your own or with strangers on a tour, but there is something special about planning and enjoying a trip with a companion. Travelling with someone you know can strengthen that relationship and allows for opportunities to reminisce once the trip is over. However, a good travel companion may not be your best friend or a close relative. Many friendships and relationships have been destroyed by a holiday gone wrong – and not because the flight was cancelled or the weather was horrendous, but because of tension between you and your travel buddy. So, here’s what to look for in a travel companion.

1. Similar budgets – Find someone who has the same budget and the same ideas on how to spend within that budget. Arguing over money can ruin a trip.
2. Like-mindedness – Make sure the person is similar in terms of the level of activity they enjoy. There’s no point going away with someone who likes to sleep in and stay out late if you’re an early riser who wants to make the most of every day.
3. Flexibility – You can be like-minded, but there will always be different opinions and tastes. Travelling requires a certain degree of flexibility, so it’s important to find someone who’s not too rigid.
4. Acceptance of each other’s faults – Spending 24 hours a day with anyone can be annoying. It’s better to know that they are messier than you or that they snore or that they take an hour in the bathroom before you go away. And even if you are prepared for certain faults, expect more faults and quickly accept them as they appear.
5. Honesty – It’s essential that you are both honest in the planning stage and during the trip. Finding out down the track that your travel companion was miffed by your behaviour can destroy the memories of a trip. If the person you are considering as a travel companion has difficulty being assertive, they may not be the best person to accompany you.

Other considerations
Obviously you both need to want to visit the same places and have similar tastes in food and activities. You also want to agree on who is taking responsibility for what during the planning stage. Don’t fall into the trap of agreeing to something you don’t want and then resenting your companion down the track. Finally, agree on what to do if one of you can’t go at the last minute or has to leave early. You don’t want to be stuck with any cancellation fees on your own or made to fully pay for part of the trip if your friend has to return home.

Jo Lamble

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    16th Apr 2016
    8:24am
    Sexual attraction, same interests, open-minded, uninhibited, adventuresome, and financially generous are also important considerations.
    ranga
    16th Apr 2016
    9:06am
    Establish that the other person does not use potent, stinky chemical laden deodorant or after shave or perfume that can cause headaches or seared nasal passages is my priority.
    Anonymous
    16th Apr 2016
    9:23am
    ranga, your mention of the proper deodorant I feel is very important when choosing a travel partner, as is making sure they have a proclivity to keeping hygienically wholesome to avoid repulsive odours due to body filth, perspiration, halitosis, etc. The absence of a partner's flatulence, caused by unavoidable digestive circumstances or by purposeful attempts at comic relief, is also on the positive list for an enjoyable sojourn. Happy trails!
    ruby
    17th Apr 2016
    7:42am
    I fit all the positives of a good travel mate.
    And try to be accomodating.

    Ok guys anyone interested to go south america organised travel in oct 2016..need travel mate..
    Anonymous
    17th Apr 2016
    8:31am
    "Ruby, don't take your love to town."
    ruby
    17th Apr 2016
    8:44am
    Life is short.must travel n take love to town.
    Humour is important too .
    Anonymous
    17th Apr 2016
    11:51am
    Good girl! You are so right!
    Mez
    21st Apr 2016
    9:04pm
    Agree with all comments. Amazing!


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