Taiwanese-American blogging about his travels outdoors and occasionally his thoughts on life.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Picking the Right Travel Partner

Although seemingly obvious, it is critical that you know where you and your travel buddy stand when it comes to travel. I'm talking about quality of lodging, type of food you'll be eating for dinner and lunch, the kind of entertainment, stuff like that. Essentially the details. People get so caught up in the excitement of planning a trip that they often allocate insufficient thought towards companion compatibility. The consideration tend to begin and end at, "is this person cool to hang out with?"

The worst thing that can happen, and it does happen quite often, is when you get to a destination and quickly realize that your interests actually conflict with one another, to the point where compromise no longer feels like a compromise but rather a sacrifice.

In order to avoid picking the wrong travel partner, make sure what each person's budget is. That's step number one. Spending money you don't have can put a damper on your trip. Feeling pressured into spending money that you don't have because everyone else in the group is doing it, will be even worse. Next, have each person write down a list of things they would like to do. If there is significant overlap, at least you know what you'll be seeing. If you discover that there isn't much similarities, then that may signal either you will have to do day trips solo or you may have found an incompatible travel buddy. All in all, just have a thorough discussion with your friend to really understand what each party wants out of the trip.

**Although I don't have any international travel horror stories of the sort, I have had domestic travels where I went with the wrong friend.
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