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What makes a perfect travel partner? by Emily of Sugar and Spice

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Duomo, Florence

While Franca heads off on honeymoon (congratulations lovely lady and Dave!!!!) I’ve been tasked with writing about what – in my opinion – makes a good travel partner. Thank you, Franca, for the opportunity.

Whilst travelling alone can be exhilarating and liberating, travelling with a companion can turn an adventure into an unforgettable trip. I’ve traveled a fair amount since I was 18 – sometimes alone, sometimes with friends, sometimes with family and at others with my boyfriend. From my experiences, these are the qualities that go into making the perfect travel companion:

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Ponte Vecchio, Florence

  • Someone who’ll give you the space to be by yourself when necessary – and understand that you need that space;
  • Someone who’ll make you laugh every day of your holiday;
  • Someone who doesn’t get stressed out by a change in the schedule or a delayed flight;
  • Someone who shares the same holiday aims as you: for example, the boyfriend can’t stand lying on the beach or by the pool – so for this sort of holiday, far better for me to go away with my girlfriends who also want to sunbathe;

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Beach in Sardinia

  • Someone who appreciates the same attitude to food and drink – when the boyfriend and I holiday together, good food and wine is the absolute centre of our trip;
  • Someone who is on a similar budget – very important if you don’t want to bankrupt yourself whilst trying to keep up with a spendy friend;
  • Someone who’ll make the best of a bad situation with you – even on cold and wet weekend by the sea in West Wales, the boyfriend and I can’t fail to have a wonderful time together;

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A wet and windy West Wales

  • Last but by no means least: Someone who is reasonably tidy and has a good grasp of personal hygiene – you don’t want to be on holiday with someone who stinks or leaves all of their stuff all over the hotel bedroom floor with no room for you to even put down your suitcase.

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Balconies in Valencia

What makes your perfect travel partner?

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  • Helen 25 September 2011, 9:52 am

    I agree with all of these! Especially about personal space. I do think I have the perfect travel buddy in my boyfriend because we want pretty much the same things, it's very important

  • Danielle 25 September 2011, 9:52 am

    I agree with all of these things. I would add that the person I'm travelling with have to understand that no decisions should be made if I'm hungry. I get cranky and we can avoid a fight if we have a snack first!

  • oranges_and_apples 25 September 2011, 9:59 am

    So true! Dave and I used to have these blazing rows if he said he'd be home for dinner and was even just a little late. I cannot deal with anything rationally if I'm hungry. Now I just eat at the allotted time anyway, it makes me a lot less emotional and shouty!

  • THE-LOUDMOUTH 25 September 2011, 7:10 pm

    I completely agree on all points.  I think some of these are good qualities to have in a friend, period (I don't hang out with people with poor hygiene). http://www.the-loudmouth.com

  • Pullyoursocksup 26 September 2011, 3:21 am

    All such brilliant tips but my favourite is making sure you travel with someone who will go with the flow and not stress about schedules.