Have you ever taken a trip with a friend you love, only to realize you’re terrible travel partners? It can turn a dream trip into a nightmare and put a serious strain on your friendship.
To avoid unpleasant situations and save your relationships, we’ve compiled five essential questions to ask yourself and your potential travel buddies BEFORE planning a trip together.
As you take the quiz, keep in mind, you don’t have to answer every question the same to be great travel companions. Simply being aware of your differences and discussing how you’ll handle them before your trip can turn a potential nightmare into a dream trip of a lifetime.
What’s your main goal for this particular trip?
Unplug and relax—I do enough running around at home. Spa appointments are the only things on my schedule this vacation.
Explore everything—I may never be here again, so I need to see and do it all.
Structure mixed with spontaneity—I have a few things I MUST see, but otherwise I’m open to whatever.
Where do you want to sleep?
Luxury all the way—If it doesn’t have five stars, I’m not staying there.
Convenience and charm—A great location, preferably with some personality.
Just a bed, any bed—Cost is my main concern.
Where do you want to eat?
Michelin-star—I want reservations at the best restaurants around.
Local flavor—I’d love to stumble upon a few places where the locals eat.
On the go—I only eat for sustenance. Give me a granola bar and let’s go.
When do you have the most energy?
Early bird—If the sun’s up, I’m up and ready to get going … and ready for bed early, too.
Night owl—I come alive after the sun goes down, so mornings are slow for me.
It depends—When I travel, I can adjust to the pace and schedule of the trip.
What do you want to do?
Cultural activities—Museum visits, historical tours, cooking classes
Active adventures—Biking, hiking, sailing
Relax—Poolside lounging, spa appointments, yoga classes
Add-on to the above question: What ONE thing MUST you see or do on this particular trip?
Once you and your potential travel buddies have answered these questions, have an open and honest discussion about your expectations for the trip and your preferred travel style.
If one of you requires 5-star luxury, and another is an unwavering budget traveler, you're probably not a good match. However, if one of you is super easy going, and another likes to take the lead, you will likely complement one another and make a great team.
Just remember ... the more open and honest you can be with one another, the better decisions you'll make, and the more fun you'll have on your next adventure.
Need help planning your next trip? Give us a call!