Travelling itself can be sometimes challenging so if you decide to take your travel buddy to the adventures be aware my friends. Even though it sounds a bit funny when someone says that travelling is something like marriage, it’s nothing but the truth. Actually, if you want to check how compatible you are with your friend or a love partner, take a trip with that person. There is no better way to test a friendship or a relationship than taking a trip together. If you don’t trust me (even though you should) then watch a video below and hear the advice of the legendary actor, Bill Muray. Apparently he figured it out and he’s not afraid to share the secret with us on Youtube:
“If you have someone that you think is The One, don’t do… don’t just sort of think in your ordinary mind, ‘Okay, let’s make a date. Let’s plan this and make a party and get married.’ Take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if when you come back to JFK, when you land in JFK, and you’re still in love with that person, get married at the airport.”
You’ve guessed it, same rule goes with friends. It is important to know that no matter how many common interests you have with your favorite person, the differences will come to the surface once you found yourself in a situation that’s not so much ‘sunshine and flowers’. If you’re not someone who likes compromising then you may consider travelling alone because travelling with someone else is all about compromising.
Nonetheless, no matter what you decide, to travel alone or with someone else, there are benefits for everyone. If you’re a loner and think that you will have more fun on your own, then go ahead and go crazy, or not, suit yourself. However, if you have a wish to go with someone but have no company, don’t be afraid to enroll in an adventure by yourself. You would be surprised by all the amazing things that can happen to you (and yes, I’m only looking at the bright side of the story, sue me, I’m a hopeless optimist). Friends will come along the way, remember you’re never the only person in the same situation. It’s kind of impossible for you to be the only person who’s travelling on their own, believe me. The plus side is that those who usually prefer to travel on their own are the friendliest and the most lovable human beings out there. They are always ready to make new friendships.
For those of you who are not ready to travel alone, be careful and wise when choosing the travel companion. For example, if you’re planning to go on long hikes or take other physically demanding adventures, choose someone who’s on the same level as you when fitness is involved. You certainly don’t want to make a wish list of all those activities and find out too late that your travel companion is not capable of anything from the list. Take into consideration is you travel buddy adventurous like you or prefers more lazy activities, like lying in the bed all day long. I’ve seen these things happening and they are not pretty. Oh, let’s not forget the financial situation, planning a budget is a crucial thing if you don’t want to stress in situations when you don’t have enough money while your travel companion has more than enough, and vice versa.
Take into consideration that you don’t have to experience absolutely everything with your travel companion. Making a separate activates can be fun, you get some alone time even when you’re not alone on a trip. You can have an amazing time on your own and then share all the fun when reunited.
Make plans together, never leave to another person to plan the whole trip since that never ends on a good note. Share all the fun responsibilities, if one person is good at reading maps then let that be their job, and if you’re good at taking pictures, then embrace that job and go make some memories. It’s important for you and your travel companion to be flexible. It’s ok to follow your travel plan (that you’ve made together) but don’t follow it religiously, sometimes, one of you won’t feel like doing everything from the list.
Before deciding to go on a long and expensive trip why don’t you just go somewhere near for the weekend just so you can test how compatible you are with your travel buddy. You would be surprised how much you can discover about your travel companion even when short distance trips are involved. Good communication is crucial for every successful journey or life, in general, to be honest. If you are bothered with something regarding your travel companion don’t leave it hanging in the air, talk it out and if you’re afraid of communication then you’re planning a journey with a wrong person. You don’t want to end up feeling scared to propose to your partner a new plan or canceling one. As long as the communication is well and you can understand each other, there is nothing to worry about.
For the end, don’t forget the importance of feeling comfortable, after all, you’re going away to enjoy the journey. As long as you’re feeling comfortable and have a good communication with the person you travel, everything can go smoothly and if there are some issues, you can easily work that out. As Ahmad Faudi said “A couple who travel together, grow together”, so choose wisely. Once your journey comes to an end successfully, you’ll notice how your relationship with a partner is much stronger than before. The bond you create with someone when you grow together spiritually and emotionally is priceless.