Traveling is a wonderful, life-fulfilling experience. Sometimes we go alone, and sometimes we go with a companion. But not all companions are created the same. Whether it’s your best friend, partner, parent or child, choosing a companion can either make or break your trip.
So what makes a good travel partner?
Don’t Be A Complainer
Well, at least don’t complain about the lost luggage and airline delays—that’s all part of the travel experience and are out of your control. You’ll get to your destination before you know it, and that luggage will get to you as well (at least we hope so!).
What you can complain about is not being able to get Vietnamese coffee at every coffee shop or restaurant. (I mean, WHY!?)
Put Down the Cellphone
The worst part about cellphones is traveling with someone who can’t stop tweeting this, or hash-tagging that, texting and posting pictures for everyone’s approval. Of course, I’m not saying don’t take photos, by all means capture the moments, but the sharing and the texting can wait on your downtime. Enjoy your surroundings because you never know when you’ll be able to experience that time and place ever again.
Compromise and Respect
Traveling means that both of you want to have your own experience and see specific sites. Make sure that you make a list of what each of you want to see and do, and then balance it (since time is limited and you both can’t do everything on the list). Respect your travel partner’s choices, and yours shall be respected as well.
Try It, At Least Once
You’re in a new place, and food will always be a must (you have to eat, right?). Make sure that wherever you go, you at least try something new and native to that country or region. The Chobani yogurt with chia seeds or triple mocha latte will always be there when you get back home.
In a lot of ways it might be hard to comprehend people or how they live if you don’t experience the food. And sometimes you won’t even know what’s in the food, and asking could either be (1) inappropriate, or (2) the person serving it may not speak the same language. So go ahead, try that roasted beetle. You never know, you may be pleasantly surprised! 😉
As you plan out your next adventure, make sure your companion (unless you’re traveling solo), is everything you would want in a fellow partner and more. It’s important to make the most out of your experiences, especially with someone to share those moments with for everlasting memories.
What’s your ideal travel companion?