How to find the perfect travel companion for every type of trip | Travel
Finding the perfect travel companion is no easy task, as someone who has spent much of her travelling life going it solo, I can tell you it isn’t easy to change your ways and pair up with someone. No doubt, solo travel has a huge impact on the individual and their experience, but there’s something special about sharing every step of your adventures with someone special. Whether that someone is a friend, family or even a partner, there is something magical about being able to reminisce over that time you got lost in Sri Lanka or the car broke down in Australia. Those normally stressful moments become a hilarious story, they gain an almost romantic aspect when remembered together. But, no matter how rose-tinted those spectacles are, there is no denying that finding the perfect travel companion is tricky, it takes a lot of struggles along the way before you finally pin down the one.
But what makes the perfect travel companion? Well after three years of travelling solo, as part of a group, with a close friend and even a boyfriend, I’ve really learnt the type of person I can be around. Because travelling isn’t always just an easy breezy holiday, sometimes it can be hard, exhausting, confusing and downright dramatic. Finding the perfect travel companion means finding someone who can handle you at your worst, not just at your best, someone who can help you plan and solve problems, someone who can laugh when things don’t turn out right and someone who can make even the worst situations seem manageable. These souls are hard to find and when you manage to pin one down, you should do all you can to keep hold of them.
How to find the perfect travel companion:
What’s your travel style?
Start by thinking about your travel style – are you a backpacker or a luxury lover? Do you prefer hotels or hostels? Are you more likely to be found buying easy-to-prepare food in a supermarket or making reservations for a Michelin-starred restaurant? All of these things can really affect the sort of people you will consider travelling with – for instance you can’t combine a 5* luxury lover with a budget backpacker – while they may learn a thing or two from each other it is more likely that one person will be miserable. Even combining a flashpacker with a backpacker on a serious budget may be tricky – so it’s important to discuss budget with the person you are travelling with and to really understand each other’s chosen travelling lifestyle. If your styles are different, are you willing to compromise?
What are your interests?
I love learning about culture and heritage when I visit new places, my boyfriend loves to surf. The one thing we really have in common is that we love to escape into nature through hiking and camping, and we love to eat out. It’s more than okay for you to have different interests to the people you travel with, but it also really helps if you have some interests in common. By having some middle ground, it makes it easier to plan activities and travelling routes, but you can also still make time to indulge your individual pastimes. You don’t have to spend every waking second together, but you do need to be willing to let each other enjoy your own passions and interests.
What’s in your suitcase?
The way you pack can be very telling of the type of trip you are hoping to have. I always pack for long-term trips and usually into a backpack rather than a suitcase, I go for comfort with a hint of style and usually pack for summer. I would be a pretty bad combination if put together with someone who always packed for colder countries and preferred to pack his suits neatly into a case. It’s important to be clear with each other before you leave what kind of trip you are both hoping for – you don’t want to arrive with one suitcase full of cocktail dresses and a backpack full of hiking gear!
Where do you want to go?
You may choose a different travel companion depending on where you choose to go, for a shorter weekend away you may team up with a family member or a friend for some fun in a new city. But when planning a longer holiday you may choose to go with older friends who you have known for years. When it comes to a much longer trip, say backpacking around the world, it is vital that you choose to go with someone you know, trust and can rely on. Travelling with someone is pretty full on and you need to know that you can cope being around that person 24/7 if need be.
It’s taken me three years of solo travel, but I’ve finally found someone who I can travel with long-term, we’ve already traveled half of Australia while living in a car together, we’ve backpacked across Sri Lanka and Thailand and now have plans to take on Europe. I never imagined that I might find someone I could travel with full-time but now I can’t imagine travelling life without him by my side. Travelling alongside someone you love is such a different experience to travelling with friends or family, but each can be just incredible if you have the right people and the right destination. For those who might be searching for an elite travel companion, Bank Models offer an exclusive and international model introduction service aimed at successful professionals who enjoy the best things in life. This service could help line you up with your perfect VIP travel companion for your next trip.
Have you found the perfect travel companion? Where did you meet? What was your last trip together?
Perfect she says , perfectly perfect 😄😊
My wife still finds ways to improve me
In fact if I was not perfect her day would be not perfect
Travel : we always give each other private space to read , relax knowing we will come together later
When we started cruising I discovered she likes all day tours but I prefer 1/2 day ones and relax on the ship afterwards so we compromised
Our love of wine in Australia was the one exception
hahaha love this Rob, it sounds like you two have found a great balance! It’s always important to have alone time as well as well as time together. I definitely see how Australian wine could bond a couple!
I love this post and it’s so true. I know I get torn sometimes between deciding what trip I would enjoy more with my boyfriend, my girlfriends, or my family. It honestly changes so much about how you plan your vacation based on who your travel companion is. Me and my friends right now are looking for our next girls trip, about a 4-5 day vacation somewhere in the US. Do you have any suggestions?
Thanks lovely! I know it’s so difficult to find the balance between what you want to do and what they want to do – I think that’s why I spent so much time travelling solo. Travelling together is a compromise and can be a great one, but can also mean sacrificing some things. Ahh I love a girls trip but they can be so hard to plan! I’ve only really been to New York and Florida in the US, but my sister absolutely loved the West Coast when she went with her girls, she was a big fan of LA and San Fran. I would really love to go to New Orleans – the food and the culture just sounds amazing, plus there’s so much amazing music there! Or how about organising an adventure like plan a 5-day road trip together or go to a festival? Totally depends on what kind of holiday you fancy – you gals may just wanna lie on a beach and drink margaritas but that’s what’s great about the US – so many options 🙂 hope you have an amazing trip anyway!
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