10 Virtues of a Travel Companion
Some friends you may like to cook with, drink with, or shop with, but not all friends are good for traveling with. In fact, I find that there are very few people that I would not get sick of after spending a few days traveling with them.
So before you book a long road trip with a buddy, see if they’re the right buddy for the job.
These are the top qualities that make for a good travel partner:
This is the most important thing to me. I hate being around a negative Nancy and having my vibes brought down. Both positivity and negativity can be contagious, so make sure to travel with someone who won’t rain on your parade.
You don’t want your travel partner to be rushing through the sights that you really want to take the time to see. You don’t want them to freak out when the metro takes too long. Travel plans don’t always happen as you expect them to. Be patient.
It’s no fun to go traveling with someone who feels too “basic” taking pictures or too silly to test out the local language. It’s your trip, if you want to document it you shouldn’t worry about feeling judged! You also shouldn’t be embarrassed to practice a new language even if it’s not great, or dance on a table at a Spanish club for that matter. It’s all about taking chances, so find a travel buddy who’s not afraid to let loose a little!
I love traveling with friends where we are both making sure that one another is seeing all the things they had planned to on the trip. If you hate museums, you don’t want your friend to drag you to all the museums because it’s what they want to see. It’s all about compromise. You can do a little of what you each want to do or you can split off and do your own thangs and join up again later.
My favorite part of traveling is meeting new friends from around the world. I love having travel partners that are down to shoot the breeze with rando’s at bars or on the train or on a tour. It makes you feel more comfortable in a new city if you feel that you are among friends.
I don’t get stressed out very easily (because I’m dead inside) which I think makes traveling easier for me. If a flight is delayed, I’m fine to sit with my book and wait until it’s there. It’s no fun when something doesn’t go according to plan and you can practically feel the stress radiating off another person. Relax pallie, all is well.
This should go with out saying. You want someone that will try weird new foods, go to a weird theme bar, or take a little risk doing an extreme sport. Traveling is all about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and having to drag a lazy bum around won’t be enjoyable for you!
8) Appreciation for the little things
This kind of goes along with positivity. You want someone who can see magic in every new experience, look at new sights with wonder, and express gratitude for opportunity. Someone who is merely happy and appreciative to be in a new place with you will radiate and infect you both.
9) On a similar budget than you
There are different ways to travel. Some like to splurge at every opportunity because they don’t know when they’ll be back to that place again. Some like to rough it with other travelers at hostels and shop at the local supermarkets to save money. Just make sure you’re on the same page so you both know what you’re getting into.
10) Not addicted to their phones
This is something that really irks me while traveling, dining, or just hanging out with another person in general. Neither of you will get the full experience of a new place if you’re eyes are glued to a screen.
Anything to add to the list? Let me know below!
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