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:
- 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;
- 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;
- 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.
What makes your perfect travel partner?