5 Places To Find A Travel Companion
Boy do you really get to know others when you travel with them; it can be the Good, the Bad and the Ugly! Life-long relationships can and have formed during a trip. Sometimes you meet people and travel with them, and sometimes you meet people because you are traveling. I met a very dear friend on a trip to Canada in 1992. We have traveled to many exciting destinations, worked together planning travel for others, watched our kids grow up, attended weddings and now share the joys of grandparenthood. Throughout the years, she is a person whom I can always rely on, no matter what. She is such an important part of my life and had I not taken that tour to Canada, even though we lived in the same city, I would never have met her.
So where does one find others to travel with? I have gotten this questions so many times over the years and decided to investigate further. For those who didn’t meet their travel companion on a trip or in a travel association, it came down to clubs, groups and associations of people who share your similar interests. Other groups would include professional associations, themed clubs such as garden clubs, church, civic organizations, community associations and other groups that bring like minded people together.
The 5 top places I uncovered are:
- Local Charities
- Professional Associations
- Themed clubs
- Civic oRganizations
- society clubs
Local charitable organizations such as humane societies and animal rescue groups, food pantries, meals on wheels, or even the NASCAR Foundation engage hundreds of volunteers to help fund their goals of helping children, families and animals.
Professional associations such as the American Medical Association, local chapters of the National Association of Professional Women, and police and firefighter associations, to name a few, gather like-minded people together.
Themed clubs such as garden clubs (some members would love to travel to Keukenhof in Holland to see the stunning, brightly colored fields of tulips in full bloom), or wine clubs where members share a love of wine (tours to France’s beaujolais, New Zealand’s Marlborough and Chile’s bordeaux regions are a natural for these members). Yacht clubs, ski clubs, sewing clubs and even track clubs are great places to find people who share your interests.
Civic organizations, such as rotary clubs, attract those who want to make a difference in the lives of others. The Rotarian's primary motto is "Service Above Self.” The members constantly strive to improve community life and they are doers and achievers.
Society clubs such as local chapters of the Symphony Society and the Society of Arts attract certain culturally similar members.
What other clubs or organizations do you belong to that put you in contact with like-minded people?
It’s important to find people who share your passion and values. The challenge is to find the women who are yearning to travel, have the means and the time travel, and to have the chance to get to know them in a non-threatening, social atmosphere. WanderDivas is such a place!
So what’s next you ask? Go find those groups and associations and get to know some ladies. And once you find a few travel candidates be sure to read How To Qualify A Potential Travel Companion to find out what questions you should be asking on the front end to ensure the best possible travel companion for you.
Do you have an interesting place where you met your travel companion? Please share in the comments below.