Going travelling can make or break any relationship, whether it’s between friends, family or couples. Travel is one of the most memorable and life-forming experiences that one can have, so it is vitally important to surround yourself with people that are going to enhance your time away.
As you have to try and organize activities, deal with when things go wrong, and figuring out a budget – backpacking with a partner is like living together, but can be even more testing. Our general advice for picking a travel partner, is to choose someone “same, same but different” to you. Don’t just pick someone because they are your best friend or significant other, because it does not make them the right person to travel with!
Most relationships degrade due to financial strain – and don’t think travel relationships are any different! Being with someone who has the same spending habits as you is really important. You just aren’t going to have a good time if one person won’t settle for less than a hotel suite, but you want to hit up in a grunge hostel.
Have similar plans and places that you want to visit, if one person wants to go to South America and the other to Europe, it might not go down so well. But it is important to have a bit of variation because it can push you to see things that you may not have intended to see. Sit down and discuss your ideas and expectations thoroughly before you start booking things!
3. Common Interests
You want to travel with people that have common interests as this makes it a lot easier to get along and make decisions. All those 17-hour bus rides and around-the-world flights go much quicker when you have someone great to talk to. Having common interests is a very important underlying factor in a good travel relationship, but there definitely must be different interests to complement your travel experiences too.
4. Willing To Try New Things
You want to surround yourself with people that are willing to go out and try new things. Having a travel buddy that is outgoing can help push your boundaries and do things you didn’t think were possible.
5. Same View About Social Media/Photos
This may sound trivial, but it is a surefire way to get on your nerves. Pick someone with similar thoughts on social media and taking photos. It can be quite a challenge when you are trying to enjoy something, and your travel buddy is only focused on taking a million photos.
6. Chilled Out
You’re travelling to have fun, and although there is definitely room for organisation, you don’t want to be with someone who is constantly stressed. Complaining and worrying is not going to help you have the trip of a lifetime!
Choose travel buddies based on trust, you don’t want people that are going to put you in danger or won’t be there for you in your time of need.
Whether it’s solo travel, in a group or with another person, having the right dynamic is really important in having a good time. So choose wisely!