At this point in my life, I have not been on a trip where I was able to choose person for person who I was with, where we were going, and what we were doing. But, I have insane aspirations to go on trips and adventures of my choice with friends (prime example being Meghan DeJong) and my sister (just the two of us). Picking someone to travel with is a big deal. You’re going to be spending a lot of time, energy, and money with this person, so it’s best to have some criteria.
Be able to come to a consensus as to where you want to go.
For example, with my sister, we both want to fly from Chicago to Iceland, stay there for a few days, and then go to Europe to just hang out and see what there is. With Meghan on the other hand, we’ve decided that Southeast Asia is more our vibe.
Be able to get along with that person. No matter what.
If you find yourself getting on edge near that person, don’t travel with them. If they make you stressed, don’t travel with them. If you can’t see yourself spending nearly every waking moment with that person for at least a couple weeks, don’t travel with them. It’s like picking a short-term spouse, except without the wedding.
That’s it. Those are my two criteria as to who I would travel with. It’s short, yes. But it gets to where is matters. These two rules will mean your buddy is passionate and excited about your travels, as well as being someone that looks forward to experiencing everything life has to offer with you by their side.
Peace and Love,