It’s no easy task to finding the right travel partner. It’s almost as hard as telling someone who is single to find the right boyfriend or girlfriend. I was the worst at that (and I can hear my friends laughing at how true this was!).
But, 6 years ago on August 11th (from tomorrow), I had my first date with my now husband and so in honor of him and how wonderful we are together, I will share with you what I discovered that has made him the right travel partner for me. Yes, not a partner but a travel partner, after all this is a travel blog! I’ve traveled with many friends over the years so I think I figured out a few key ingredients.
1. Find someone who loves to travel as much as you do. This is really important because it’s NOT like any other hobby. You want to take a trip with someone who has as much interest in it as you do. Even if they have not traveled as much, they must want to really do it.
2. Make sure your expectations are aligned. For example, if you want to spend every day seeing the sights but you are traveling with someone who would rather have lounge days, then you need to discuss this ahead of time and find a balance.
3. Discuss the budget ahead of time. Even if you are traveling with a friend, you need to discuss how much money you each have for the trip and plan accordingly.
For example, will you be staying in hostels or hotels? will you be planning lots of activities that are expensive or only a couple? Agreeing over how to spend your money can make or break a trip so definitely discuss this thoroughly.
4. Decide who will be the “leader” on the trip. I used to take many trips with a girlfriend years ago and we both like to plan. We would rotate days on who would take charge of the map, pick where to eat, and plan the activities for that day. This worked SO well and we took many trips together!
5. If you are the planner (like me with my husband), make sure you plan activities that you will both enjoy. When Phil and I were in Las Vegas a few years ago, I planned for us to see the Star Trek exhibit there. I could care less but my husband is a big fan, and it turns out the exhibit was going away so we saw it in its last days. Can you imagine if we missed it? My husband never would have forgiven me but instead he was most appreciative!