When you make the decision to take that long awaited dream vacation, you might need to decide whether or not you want to travel with a friend. There are actually many good and bad points to traveling alone or with another person. In deciding which will be best for you, there are some things to consider.
To begin with, you may want to view travelling with a companion as something like a marriage. Depending on the person, travelling together can end with renewing your vows, becoming even more intimate with each other, or it can end in divorce. What can make the biggest difference in making or breaking a travelling relationship is how much the two of you have in common.
For instance, if you are someone with very unique and diverse interests when it comes to travelling, you may have a difficult time finding someone who shares those same interests. In that case, you will most likely do better if you travel solo. Chances are excellent that you will meet someone along the way who likes the same sort of trips because they are also visiting where you are. That means you can enjoy company while on your trip but you’re not obligated to stay with them beyond that particular trip. You can bid each farewell at the end and be on your way. Therefore, you still have company for the trip but also maintain your freedom.
If you have found someone that you feel truly shares the same travelling passions as you and you have almost decided to ask them to take a trip with you, there are some things to consider before issuing that final invitation. The best way to discover if it is a good move or not is to sit down and have an open and honest conversation prior to making those reservations. Believe it or not, some interesting things may come to light during this chat.
First of all, ask questions about sleeping preferences. If you like to stay up late and sleep in, it will be better if your travelling companion feels the same way. Otherwise, you will likely be staying up late by yourself and having your companion try to wake you up earlier than you prefer. This is likely to cause some strain between the two of you after a while.
You should also come to an understanding about what should happen if one of you meets someone you like during the trip. Will it be ok with your friend if you spend a night or two with that person? How will you feel about it if the situation is reversed?
How much time do the two of you want to spend together on this trip? Is it going to be a trip where you do everything together or will you each want a bit of freedom to go off alone at times? This is purely a personal preference but you would be surprised at how often it can become an issue.
Next, are you a planner? Do you like to have your itinerary nailed down to the last place you want to visit? Maybe you tend to prefer to just wing it when you travel and decide what you’re going to see and do on the spur of the moment. This is a very important topic to get ironed out before you take off on that plane, boat or train.
Be sure to get to know each other as well as you can before taking off for a week or more on a trip to another country. That’s the only way to give the travelling relationship the best possible chance of working. One last thing to remember while you and your companion are on your trip is to keep your sense of humour. That might just make all the difference between failure and success.
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