In my experience traveling with the right people is nothing but a delight. They are on the same page, living for the moment and adding to the unforgettable experience. Get it wrong and it’s about as pleasant as it’s like having a bad rash. Painful, annoying and difficult to get rid of. Don’t underestimate the sheer horror that can occur with the wrong person on board.
I’ve seen everything, and must admit BEEN everything on a trip. The good, the bad and the horrendously ugly. If there’s one golden rule of travel buddies it’s that just because they are a certain way at home does not mean this is how they will be on a trip. FACT. Before grabbing the blower and inviting your besties along for the ride I would grad the closet mirror and take a long hard and honest look at the type of traveler you are.
Most travelers can be narrowed down to the following:
THE CRAZY PARTY ANIMAL:
Think beer bongs for breakfast, not a mushroom shake left untouched, the word ‘relax’ being a swear word and the prospect of staying out until dawn with random strangers accompanied by every foreign ‘treat’ imaginable the desired thing.
The adventurist doesn’t like to leave a stone left unturned. If there’s a mountain to climb, an ocean to dive in or an off the beaten track rare tree to be seen they simply have to be there with more then a couple of bells on.
This person is never, and by never I mean never EVER happy. They are tired, the service is terrible, the food isn’t up to scratch, a bug has bitten them, no one speaks their language, the massages are to hard, they feel sick, I miss my partner Blah blah, I’m getting sleepy just writing this. They are what’s commonly known as a nightmare. And worst of all seem to have gotten the notion that they are nothing but a delightful treat to travel with.
Ok that may sound harsh, but when there’s a spade I’ll be calling it a spade. The bore doesn’t want to do, well, anything! Culture forget it, exploring you have to be kidding me. They are simply content to sit by the pool, suck down cocktails and work on their tan for the entire duration of the trip.
This cool cat doesn’t want a bar of you for the most part. They are simply happy just to sail off into the sunset leaving their travel companion nothing but a distant memory.
THE EASY GOING:
They get along with you, the locals and every animal along the way. They are up for anything, don’t dislike anything and are just along for the ride.
Not a single minute, make that second, on any day is unaccounted for. buckle up, brace yourself and hold on tight.
I am objective and unbiased on all of the above and I think that I Fall somewhere in between all of these. But the key isn’t to find what you like to best, it’s figure out what will annoy you the most. If you want to explore and stuck with someone who wants to go as far as the hotel bar. Or just wanting to relax and with a crazy party animal are you really going to enjoy the experience to the full capacity.
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