The Perks of Having a Travel Partner
There are many types of travel, many ways to travel and many potential travel partners: friends, family, coworkers, significant others and of course, one of them being yourself. I’ve written several posts about solo travel, as I have done it three times now.
I’m not sure which type of travel is my favourite – there are perks and upsets that come with each type. When you have a travel partner, it’s important to choose the right person. Once you have your travel partner and you’ve arrived at your travel destination, the fun begins. Traveling with another person is a very unique and intimate experience – you will get to know them and they get to know you in a way you wouldn’t be able to if you were at home.
Traveling brings out the best (and the worst) in all of us and together, you and your travel partner can create the best out of the worst or the worst out of the best. Your everyday experience is an adventure and it is your collective choice for how you will live and create that adventure; you are creating an experience together so you must work together as a pair (or team).
So, what are the perks of having a travel partner – especially one that you get along with? There are too many to list but here are a few of my favourites (and ones I’ve picked up on since my recent stint in Europe with my sister).
Someone to hold and/or watch your stuff
When you have a travel partner, you finally have someone to watch your stuff when you go to the bathroom or to hold your bag when your shoulder is about to fall off. This may sound silly – and you will probably only appreciate this one if you’ve ever travelled further than 100 km from your home (and not via car). Believe me, this is a big perk.
All the inside jokes
There’s something about traveling that brings out all these strange and inside jokes – with new experiences and challenges daily, language barriers, the people you’ll meet – all of this creates an environment for a number of absolutely hilarious inside jokes that you will remember for the rest of your life (in their company or in your own company). This is probably the best thing about having a travel partner.
Of course it’s important to love and support yourself – but it’s also really great to have someone to share your thoughts with, your emotions with and mutually support. You will have some low moments and they too will have their low moments – but usually (hopefully!) these moments don’t happen at the same time. This allows for each of you to support and encourage one another (remember to utilize those inside jokes – they usually work FAST to get us out of that funk).
I want to hear from you – what do you love about having a travel partner? What are the perks according to YOU?