Not sure if a certain someone will make a good travel partner? Don’t make any rash decisions, ask yourself these 10 key questions and make the right choice!
Traveling with the right person is fundamental to the success of your trip.
Making the wrong choice can make you miserable and ruin a, perhaps once in a lifetime opportunity, to see a particular part of the world.
I once got stuck with a moaning minny whose whining reverberated around my ears like a dying wasp.
Luckily the trip was short. But not short enough.
Don’t make the same mistake as me. Ask yourself these 10 key questions before committing to a travel partner and go see the world in peace and harmony!
1. Have you spent a concentrated amount of time together?
A crucial point. You never really know someone until you’ve spent at least a weekend straight in their company. This is a great test, do it!
You may be surprised what you find out about that person you thought you knew so well.
2. Are you planning the same trip?
Have you actually sat down and scoped out the details of your trip? If not, you might be talking at cross purposes.
You don’t want to set off on your wild road trip only to find your buddy settling into the nearest yoga retreat.
3. Do you have the same taste in people?
You’re going to meet a lot of people on your trip so it’ll help if you got similar ideas of who’s good company and who’s not. Think about the people they bring to parties.
Think long and hard.
4. Is your relationship ‘issue free’?
All the deep-rooted grudges and resentments come out when traveling, that’s just the way it is. Ask yourself if there are any unresolved emotional issues between you and your potential travel partner?
If the answer’s yes then sort them out before you go…. Or go with someone else.
5. Do you have the same routines?
You’re going to be doing pretty much everything together so your lifestyle’s had better be compatible. If you’re an early bird and they’re a nocturnal beast it just isn’t going to work.
6. Are they a moaning minny?
Travel can be inconvenient, and frustrating and uncomfortable. A moaning minny WILL ruin your trip. See reverberating dying wasp anecdote above. You have been warned!
7. Have they ever displayed violent, irrational or psychotic behavior towards you or anyone else?
This is an important one. You may love your friend dearly but if they’re a little bit cuckoo and unstable then I guarantee they’ll have sent you cuckoo too by the end of the trip.
8. Do you like to do the same things?
Pretty obvious but it’s amazing how many people don’t think this through. Don’t go away with a bookworm if you’re a crazy raver. Figures.
9. Can they roll with the punches?
The key to successful travel is flexibility. If your buddy can’t be spontaneous, go with the flow and muck in here and there then they will impair your enjoyment of the trip.
10. Are they a good conversationalist?
Think long flights, train journeys, bus-rides and hikes. It helps if they’ve got something interesting to say.
Do you prefer traveling with a buddy or going solo?? Post up your comments below, we want to hear from you!
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