Finding a perfect travel buddy is essential if you want to make the most out of your travels. There is nothing worse than having a travel buddy who spoils your trip and makes you feel miserable. You need to find someone complimentary, someone, who is open-minded and has a similar travel style. This list will help you determine if your chosen travel buddy has the right traits.
1. They have the same expectations
If you and your travel buddy do not have the same expectations about your trip, then you can’t both enjoy your trip to the fullest. For instance, for you going to Indonesia can mean exploring ancients’ temples and hiking volcanoes and for your travel buddy, it can mean surfing all day in Bali and enjoying the sun at the beach. This set up would never work as one of you would have to adjust to the other.
2. They can get through any tough time
When you travel, almost always something goes wrong. You miss a bus, your watch gets stolen, you get lost in the middle nowhere, etc. If your travel buddy can’t get over these things quickly, it can ruin the trip for both of you.
3. They don’t complain
Traveling is about exploring places, cultures, and people. Some places can be chaotic or polluted, some cultures may have completely different values than you and not all people you run into during your travels can speak English well. Everything mentioned above is something which makes traveling enriching and a learning experience, not something your travel buddy should constantly complain about.
4. They can enjoy the moment
Most of the time when you travel, you have limited time, so you want to make the most of it and move quickly from one place to another. Even though there is nothing wrong about that, sometimes travelers forget that traveling is not about visiting as many places as possible and taking pictures of everything but about enjoying the atmosphere and the moment. Your travel buddy should understand that and be able to slow down a little from time to time.
5. They are spontaneous
If you want to make the most of your trips, you sometimes need to be flexible with your itinerary and plans. Not everything can be planned and often the best places or things to experience are discovered at your destination. Your buddy should be spontaneous and take advantages of these moments.