1. Do you have the similar budget?
I think this is the most important question to ask. If your potential travel buddy is looking for a luxury kind of holiday whereas you prefer to travel cheap, then this will be an ultimate problem for you. Sit down and have a talk and exchange conversations on your budget and traveling style and how much they are willing to compromise. If both of you can’t keep up on each other’s budget, it’s time to find another potential buddy. NEXT!
2. Is this person independent or co-dependent?
There actually some people out there who don’t want to be alone or cannot be alone when traveling. If their style of traveling matches yours, then I guess both of you will get along really well, but if you don’t you will get some sort of silent treatment or anger raging. Personally, I think that the best travelers knows how to give, take and tolerate with each other’s feelings.
3. Do you share the same interests?
Let’s say you are planning to go on a hike to the country’s tallest mountains because that has always been your interest and your potential travel buddy prefer shopping and exploring the city and not much of a hiker. How would both of you even be in the same page? Get to know his or her interest before you hit the road together. If you get to know your buddy online, stalk them and do what you must! If there are big gap of difference between the both of you, forget it because it probably won’t work.
4. Are they flexible on planning or too organized?
If you are the type of person that enjoy at any of your destination and just living the moment because you have no exact plan, your organized travel buddy might not going to like your style. Always discuss your travel style and the amount of planning in the trip. To be fair, maybe you can rotate days of who will plan and who won’t.
5. What type of accommodation do they prefer? Hostel or Hotel?
Choosing a place to sleep is quite important especially for those who wants to save up during their travel because all you ever needed is just a basic place to sleep in, wash up and store your belongings. Hostel would be a smarter choice to sleep in but if your buddy is not comfortable sharing rooms with strangers, you can either suggest to split and go independent. You can always meet up the next day and do activities together. If not, try to opt for a budget hotel and split the bills.
6. How would they react to stress?
Stressing over a broken shampoo lid and other small thing is truly annoying. Don’t let other people ruin your trip because it is just not worth it but if you are stuck on a trip with this kind of person, don’t lose your cool, comfort them by giving positive advice.
7. What are their daily routine is like?
You will totally know someone by looking at someone daily routine. If you are a they type of person who is quick and ready to go, you might not going to be comfortable traveling with someone who spends 40 minutes in the shower. If you are the organized type of person, you might get annoyed traveling someone who is disorganized. Get to know your partner’s routine and discuss first before hitting the road together.
8. How are your conversations?
If you have similar interest or have similar sense of humor because most likely you might get along really well. Basically you’ll be living with this person if you travel together, so try to get along with each other. You can basically start off a conversation on travel, this topic always work, in the end, every traveller’s goal is to travel!
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