How To Travel With An Unknown Group
The beauty of traveling with a group is that you can tackle these challenges with them and put your heads together to come up with a solution. Choosing the wrong travel companion or travel groups, however, can greatly amplify the stress and uncertainty you will feel in your destination of choice. These tense situations tend to bring out the worst in people. The last thing you want is to be at odds with your travel companion throughout your trip, followed by a cloud of negativity and general unpleasantness wherever you go.
Finding someone whose travel philosophy aligns well with yours is essential if you're going to be stuck in a foreign land with someone for an extended period of time!
It's important to remember that just because you've spent a lot of quality time with someone at home, that doesn't mean they will be the same easy-going person on the road when faced with the challenges travelers go through. Be sure to spend some time with your travel buddy, perhaps on a weekend getaway or a day trip, before embarking on your big adventure.
Here are some questions to ask and a few helpful tips to consider in your quest for the right travel companion.
What do you have in common?
Consider what activities you and your travel buddy enjoy most. Do you prefer climbing mountains, but your partner is afraid of heights? Would you rather go museum-hopping than explore abandoned landmarks? Are you the type of traveler to enjoy the night in or go partying all night long?
You don't have to enjoy every little thing together, of course! Just make sure you know if your travel companion is as outdoorsy, adventurous, artsy, or more into the more touristy sightseeing experiences. This will help you coordinate your itinerary, plan your travel days, and help you be more prepared for each day's new adventure!
What are your differences?
Traveling with someone who is too similar to you could cause you to butt heads while making important decisions. Search for a travel companion who is a bit different from you.
If you're an introvert, find someone who is more of an extrovert. If you're indecisive, choose a partner who knows what they want. If you suck at directions, pick someone who has those skills. Share interests with them, but look for diversity when it comes to personality traits.
Talk about expenditures, budgets, and money-spending habits before making reservations, booking accommodation, and planning your itinerary, sit down, and have an in-depth discussion about your budget.
Everyone spends their money differently and values different experiences more than others. Establish a spending plan, both a daily and total budget, what items to splurge on, where you're comfortable staying the night, what kind of transportation you'll use to get around, etc.