When it comes to travelling, one of the main questions, as our old friend Shakespeare would put it: “to bring thou mate or not to bring thou mate?” – well, today we’re helping you out on how to choose the right partner if you don’t fancy going alone!
- The reasons you’re going on a trip: This is probably the first thing you should ask yourself. Whether you wanna spend 2 weeks solely sunbathing on the beach, sipping cocktails by the pool, waking up at noon or you wanna go on an adventure, meet the locals, hitch-hike your way through a country, etc, you get the idea. According to your programme, you’ll already get a few names as to whom you’re bringing with you.
- Find common interests: Most of what you’re gonna do, you’re gonna do together. So I’m guessing you’d rather pick someone who shares the same interests as you. Sure, you can still make compromise but remember – this is your trip too so try to create a programme that will suit you both!
- Have the same budget: A huge difference in terms of finance can have a huge impact on your trip and bring about frustrations and conflicts. Make sure to agree on the daily and global budget of the trip for a smooth sailing.
- Pick a sympathetic partner: When travelling, you’ll surely encounter unexpected events and problems that could lead to stress or tension. Make sure that your partner can imagine being in your shoes and won’t make you feel guilty for being so tired you can’t walk another step for example.
- Pick a dynamic partner: Imagine going away for 2 weeks with someone who’s very shy, not very talkative and unable to ask for direction him/herself. Find someone whom you can talk and have fun with, especially if you’re in for the long run.
- Being independent: Sometimes, it’s also nice to have some alone time. Make sure that your partner will understand your need for some “me time” without holding a grudge for the next few days.
- Try to reach common ground on some basics: If you’re an early bird and your partner’s a night owl, it’ll be hard to reach common grounds. Also pick someone who’s not afraid to get out of their comfort zone, try new things and most of all, someone who’ll be happy to be here with you. So you better make sure that your lifestyles are compatible even if you’re different from one another!