Solo travel isn’t for everyone and sharing the experience with a friend can bring you closer together and leave you with long lasting memories… or it can be a total nightmare. I’ve travelled with a few different people over the past few years and here is my guide to ensuring you have the perfect travel partner.
Budget: If you both have similar budgets it will be a lot easier to choose places to eat, accommodation types and activities. For example if you’re on a tight budget then you’ll obviously be staying in cheap hostels and seeking out cheap meals and free or cheap activities. However, if your travel partner has tons of cash to splash, then it’s going to be awkward when they really want to do something that you can’t afford.
Sleep: I like to sleep in and generally when I’m travelling I still like to sleep in a little bit, especially if I’m out late. If you like to sleep for half the day and your travel bud is ready and raring to go at 6am then this will make for some awkward wake ups. Most likely, the early riser will be up and waiting for the late riser, whilst getting slightly pissed off that they could be out exploring already.
Partying: If one of you wants to go out and party all the time while the other isn’t into that scene then this is probably a no go. For example, I like to go out and party but not every night so I prefer to travel with someone who is the same and likes a mixture of crazy and chill nights.
High/ low maintenance: It’s preferable to travel with someone who is easy going and shares a similar routine with you. Is your potential travel partner someone who takes ages to get ready in the morning? Do they always want to have the best of everything? These are some important things to think about before travelling with them.
Social: Are you both the kind of people who want to meet heaps of people whilst travelling? Whilst it is generally easier to meet people when travelling alone, having someone by your side means you can both share new friends and experiences.
Accommodation: If you are on a tight budget, then both you and your travel buddy need to be happy to stay in cheaper accommodation such as hostels or air bnbs. You should probably determine whether they prefer to stay in large dorms, small dorms or private rooms, so you can both agree before starting your travels.
Do they annoy you? This may sound like common sense, but if they annoy you sometimes when you hang out with them at home, then they are going to annoy the shit out of you when you are spending 24/7 with them in another country. There will be no escape.
You get along well: If you generally get along well and know how to have a good laugh with them, even in the face of a disaster, then this is a definite plus. You should also be able to communicate openly with them, so if any awkward situations arrive you are more comfortable to discuss it.
Intentions/ interests: If you’re interested in museums and history while your travel bud finds it lame and boring, then this is not the person you are looking to travel with. Having common interests and intentions ensures fewer arguments on what sights to see and activities to do, etc.
Do you have any stories or experience with good/ bad travel buds!?