10 Qualities of an Ideal Travel Companion

“Traveling more in different parts of Russia and the world” is the No. 1 desire for many, and the second place should fairly be occupied by “finding the perfect travel companionfor traveling..

10 качеств идеального попутчика для путешествий

10 qualities of an ideal holiday companion

Exploring new places is inspiring, but all the joyful impressions of a long-awaited trip can easily be overshadowed by the company of the “wrong” person. Whiny, “stuffy” and fastidious travelers spoil the mood of everyone around and can turn your dream place into hell.

If you are thinking about inviting someone with you on your next trip (or you want to become the perfect companion yourself), pay attention to these 10 character traits that, according to the editors of tourweek, will help you find the perfect ass.

1. Easy to lift

People with a bad temper complain about everything: the drinks are not cold enough, the music is too loud, the staff is not polite enough… In the company of such people, you will have to engage in constant encouragement, and not enjoy your vacation. A lot of things can go wrong on a trip: flights are canceled, trains are late, hotels confuse something with booking. The constant presence of someone with a sour face will make these already unpleasant circumstances ten times worse, so it’s better to travel with someone who doesn’t escalate the situation and knows how to find humor in everything.

2. They don’t need to be coddled

Choose the person who does not need to be constantly looked after, and who is independent enough to rest alone every few days. You also need to find a travel companion with whom it will be comfortable to just keep quiet, because it is impossible to talk 24/7. And there is no place for awkward silence when traveling.

10 качеств идеального попутчика для путешествий

10 qualities of an ideal travel companion

3. They can take great pictures

Everyone wants to have not only pleasant impressions of the trip, but also some material memories upon arrival home. All tourists take a lot of photos in the hope of the perfect picture that can be framed and shown to friends. But there are people who either don’t know how to take pictures, or don’t try at all. To avoid disappointment, this point also needs to be discussed in advance.

4. Fastidiousness in food

Traveling to a new country gives you the opportunity to taste unique dishes of local cuisine. It is best to have similar tastes in food with a fellow traveler to avoid unnecessary disputes when choosing a menu or establishment.

10 качеств идеального попутчика для путешествий

10 qualities of an ideal travel companion

5. They are well-versed in an unfamiliar place

It’s not a bad idea to have a companion who can read a map and generally understands where to go well. Traveling is not a time for stubbornness and self–confidence, and wandering around, say, Rome in search of nearby attractions with someone who is well-versed in the place can make life much easier.

6. Spontaneity

Sometimes when traveling, you want to drastically change your plans or just walk through the streets of a new city all day without a clear direction. This is how some of the best memories are born, and the company of a person who supports all crazy ideas will only be a plus.

7. Generosity

Vacations become much more fun when you don’t have to count every penny to split the bill correctly. Paying for cocktails at the bar or sharing things necessary for a trip is not difficult if a person is not stingy about helping his fellow traveler.

10 качеств идеального попутчика для путешествий

10 qualities of ideal travel companions

8. Similar budget

This point follows from the previous one. If you like to stay in hostels, and your companion likes to stay in five–star hotels, problems may arise. It is important to know in advance what budget a fellow traveler has and how much he plans to spend on food, accommodation and entertainment.

9. Openness and friendliness

Sociability and lack of shyness will help when you need to ask for directions or meet other travelers or locals.

10. Respect for other cultures

Respect for other cultures and customs is especially important when visiting sparsely populated remote towns or places where English is not the first language. Traveling with someone who will readily learn a couple of phrases in the local language, observe local customs and try local cuisine with an open mind means that the trip will be much more enjoyable for both of you.

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