Traveling with your best friend sounds like a no-brainer. Until a week into the trip when you can’t stand your companion’s crack of dawn cheerful chatter. One of my friends just got back from a month-long dream trip, but didn't really enjoy the experience because his travel companions weren't a good fit.
Listening to him, I realized that the issues stemmed from them never discussing expectations, how they wanted to spend their time, or what they wanted to get out of the trip.
To set the right expectations for a trip, discuss these nine points with any potential travel partners:
Nothing sours a trip faster than you wanting the penthouse and your companion wanting the cheapest hostel. Determine a budget for the trip and agree on it.
Ten cities in ten days? Or one city in ten days? Decide before you go so no one is disappointed.
Some people are cool winging it. Other people need a plan. Are you a planner? Is your partner?
Morning Person / Night Owl
Are you up and ready to go when the sun rises or the last to fall asleep? Will your travel partner hate your face if you wake them up or keep them up every day?
How do you want to spend your days? What activities do you want to do? How much of the day do you want to devote to doing things? How does your partner want to spend their days? Does it match up?
If you have adventure on the brain, make sure your partner is down for it too. If they’re not, and you don’t want to adventure solo, pick a new travel partner.
Three final tidbits for a successful trip with someone:
If something isn’t working for you, speak up! Your companion can’t read your mind.
It’s amazing how far a bit of kindness will take you. Especially when you’re in close proximity for long periods of time together.
Give each other some space
24/7 is too much on any relationship. Go for a walk or a coffee on your own. Just take some time apart.