One of the hardest questions we face once we’ve figured out the next big trip we want to take is, “who am I going to go with?” I’m a total advocate for traveling solo and there are so many wonderful reasons to do so! But for the times you don’t want to travel alone and want to bring some friends to share the experience with, here are some tips for picking your travel buddy:
This may seem obvious, but it’s so important to talk about the types of things you want to do on your trip! Do you want to wake up early to see as many sights as possible? Or do you care more about going out and experiencing the nightlife? Are you up for an all-day hike or would you rather be lazy on the beach all day? Look for someone who is into the same things that you are, so you won’t have issues deciding once you get there!
Find someone who is low-maintenance
The truth about travel is that it’s sure isn’t always glamorous! Especially if you’re backpacking or traveling overseas, you’re going to have plenty of 4am wake up calls for morning flights and long train rides that are anything but comfortable. You might lose your baggage, not have access to a shower every day, have to eat foreign food, and deal with many other situations that would be hard to handle for many people. And the last thing you want is someone who has a negative attitude when you should be enjoying the moment and having a blast!
Talk about your budgets beforehand
We never want to talk about money, but it’s so important to make sure that your travel partner has a similar budget to you. Talk about what kinds of things you’re willing to spend money on – you might be okay spending money on nicer dinners while your friends or not, or they may be willing to spend $200 on skydiving when you’d rather save that money for nights out. It’s always better to be on the same page before finding out the hard way!
Choose someone who is flexible
So many unexpected things happen when you’re traveling. You might miss a flight, have a day rained out, have to change hostels last minute, or you might fall in love with a city and decide you want to spend an extra day there. I’m guilty of being a total planner when it comes to trips, but I’ve also learned that some of the best adventures aren’t planned and are a surprise! Travel with friends who are okay with putting away the itinerary when better opportunities may arise.
One of the best parts about travel is getting to meet new people and make friends from all over the world! It’s harder to do this when you’re not traveling solo because you’re not forced to socialize with people, but try to travel with people who are outgoing and love to meet people, too. Trust me, it’ll be much more fun that way!
Choose someone you’re close with
At the end of the day, I’ve found it’s best to travel with people that you’ve known for awhile and are very comfortable around. You learn things about people really quick when you travel with them, and the company you’re with plays such a big role in the experience you have traveling!
Don’t choose one: just go solo!
And last but not least, you totally have the option to go on a trip by yourself! This seems out of the question and scary for a lot of people, especially women. But I will tell you that though I love traveling with friends, some of my best travel experiences were when I traveled alone! It allows you the freedom to do whatever you want and when you want. It’s also much easier to meet people since you’ll want to make friends to hang out with. Stay at a youth hostel and sign up for the activities they offer or join a guided tour in the city you’re visiting and you never know who you might meet!
Do you prefer traveling with friends or traveling solo? Let me know about your thoughts in the comments below!