I have traveled with about half a dozen other people, so I’ve come to realize there are things that make a good travel buddy and… not so much.
A good travel buddy…
- Compromises. If you want to do different things, they will find a way to make sure you both get what you want.
- Is assertive. “Where do you want to eat?” “I don’t know, where do you want to eat?”-esque conversations drives me nuts. Give me some sort idea of what you want (or don’t want) and we can work from there. Or else, we’re eating at the first place I see that has pictures on the menu (a true sign of affordability).
- Doesn’t try to fill silences all the time. When you’re traveling with someone, you’re with them every waking (and sleeping) moment. Not all of those have to be filled with words (in fact, I’d prefer it if they weren’t).
- Is punctual. Nothing is worse than sprinting across the airport to catch a flight because your travel buddy thought there was “plenty of time.”
- Is someone you can trust. You will be venturing into the great unknown with this person, make sure they have your back.
- Is on a similar budget. If you’re not on a similar budget, you’ll end up eating pizza from a kebab shop while your buddy has a lush sit down meal.
- Is resourceful and practical. If you get in a sticky situation, you want to be with someone that can hold their own to get out of it so all the weight doesn’t fall on you.
- Is enthusiastic and energetic. Don’t get me wrong, I need my siestas, but a good travel buddy will be excited as I am to hit the pavement and make the most of our time traveling!