How To Qualify A Potential Travel Companion
So you now have a few ladies in mind that may be possible travel companions. Congrats, that’s exciting news! You have obviously selected them because your share similar interests, both outside and inside of travel. Once you have identified a person or persons with whom you would consider traveling with, it's VERY important to find out about their travel habits. There are certain things that you can discuss in advance that will help ensure the best possible experience. Below are a few questions that will help you uncover some of those things you wish you would have known in advanced.
Remember... just as you are looking for a good fit, so is she. Be sure to answer these questions about yourself too. Lets get started!
1. What is your goal in looking for a traveling companion?
Is it solely a financial arrangement to reduce the cost of your trip?
Are you looking for a roommate to hang around with the entire trip, or are you more independent?
2. What do you like to do while traveling?
Do you enjoy museums, art galleries, cultural activities and sightseeing?
Do you enjoy shopping?
Do you enjoy nature, hiking, biking, boating, exploring etc.?
3. What do you like to eat?
Are willing try to local foods or do you prefer a more traditional meal?
Are you a vegetarian, a foodie, or have any special dietary needs?
Do you drink alcohol?
Do you dine on a budget or do you enjoy fine dining?
4. Do you enjoy night life and is it important to you?
Would you be bothered if your roommate came in late from a night out on the town if you chose not to join her?
Are you a smoker?
What are your sleep habits (heavy or light sleeper)?
Do you like to stay up late and have the TV on or do you like to have the room quiet?
Do you like the room to be on the cool side, or do you prefer it more temperate?
Do you get up often at night and use bathroom?
Do you snore, or talk in your sleep? (ALWAYS bring ear plugs just in case, for yourself and your roommate.)
Do you have any objection to certain perfumes?
Do you use sleeping aids such as a CPAP machine?
BONUS: Travel is one of life's greatest pleasures and selecting your roommate can make or break your trip! Having said this, here is one more tip that bears mentioning...
The Deal Breaker. Let your potential roommate know if there is something that you just cannot stand and vice versa. If this is an issue, steer clear and keep looking.
You’d be surprised how obvious deal breakers are yet we forget to mention them until we are halfway around the world...Yikes!
Let us know what your deal breakers are in the comments below.