I can tell you that one of the best activities you can do with someone is travel. Now, since that requires spending a lot of time together, it's clear you should travel with the right person. So, who should it be and what is important in a travel buddy?
Ideally you’d travel with your best friend, you already have inside jokes, know each other's tastes, and have seen the best and the worst of each other. But if they’re all not available, don’t worry, there are other options! (aside from your family)
There are many other travelers that have the same destination and tastes as you; and just as the internet has helped lovers find each other, there are now pages specialized in helping travelers get together. Yes, like tinder but for traveling. Here’s a selection of the most popular pages:
Check some boxes about you, check some others about what you’re looking for, and choose!
Post your trip, gather travelers.
Create a profile for others to find you.
Lonely Planet: Thorn Tree
Having a long tradition of catering to travel enthusiasts, they now have a section dedicated to connecting people in search for travel partners.
Need a sofa to crash in? Through this site you can find a great variety of people who can offer you a place to sleep in their house for free. And now you can also contact people who can go with you on trips!
Remember to take general precautions on the internet and don’t be naïve, but don’t be discouraged to try new things. People online are just like you or others in your surroundings. You never know how or when you’re going to meet an amazing person, another great friend, or maybe even a significant other (in fact, some of the users have thanked the page for introducing them to the person they’re going to marry!).
With travel partner compatibility, each person has traits that can be in one end or the other of the spectrum. Some traits make you feel more in harmony when opposites are combined, as if they balance each other out, while other traits are best when they are in sync. Sometimes it’s better if some of their characteristics contrast with yours because it can help you grow. Furthermore, you have to know yourself and the other well enough so that you can deal with each other’s quirks and disagreements in the best way possible. No one is perfect, but people can adapt.
You want someone who can share highlights as well as deal with crises. Someone who understands you and can laugh with you, but also has a sense of responsibility and fairness. Someone who enriches you with their different points of view. It enhances the experience of the trip, makes it more sublime, because someone who “gets it” validates your experience.
One of the best moments in my European Interrail trip with three of my friends was when we came upon an ethereal scene of birds flying around like a blizzard above a palace in Prague. My best friend was as amazed as I was, speechless except for the words “it’s like a fairytale”… while the other two other good friends just passed it by, focused on the next meal… They were still good travel buddies but that one friend in-sync with me made it memorable.
I encourage you to travel, not only do you learn more about the world and meet new people but you have a great time and strengthen the bonds with someone you love.