Not all of us are solo travellers. And that´s okay.

Of course, solo travel can be extremely rewarding, but travelling with a friend, family member, or partner can make all the difference between having a good time and having a great time.

The benefits of travelling with a partner are many:sharing pricey meals, feeding off each other´s energy, having a safety buddy and countless others.

BUT having great adventures together also depends on how well you and your travel comrade jell. I mean what´s the point of backpacking through Germany with your high school buddy if they´re slowing you down and killing that exciting travel vibe?

So, to help you find the perfect partner, I´ve created a list of the most important qualities to look for in a potential fellow globetrotter:

  1. Patient – Because not every situation can be decided in a matter of minutes.

  2. Flexible – Plans don´t always work the way you want them to. When this happens you need someon flexible on your side.

  3. Street smart – Because what´s worse than travelling with someone who gets you two conned into paying over-priced tour fares?

  4. Open-minded – Travelling authentically requires a non-judgmental and accepting mindset.

  5. Curious – Someone who is curious is going to be enthusiastic and passionate about discovering a new culture.

  6. Resourceful – As a back-packer this is almost the number one important quality. Travelling with a wasteful or careless partner is a recipe for disaster.

  7. Dependable – Because nothing´s worse than finding out last-minute that they forgot to print those ever so vital bus tickets.

  8. Cooperative – Working together gets the best results. Plus you´ll have someone to help plan activities and navigate.

  9. Independent – You won´t always want to do the same thing. Travelling with someone who doesn´t mind splitting off for half the day to do your own thing is a win-win situation.

  10. Calm – Travelling can be stressful. Very stressful. But having a calm companion by your side can help dissipate those `head is whirling´-type situations.

  11. Willing to compromise – Because where´s the fun in travelling with someone who only wants to do things their own way?

  12. Daring – To travel is to try new things. To try new things is to go out of one´s comfort zone. Someone who is daring will be able to make the most of new experiences and challenges.


So what do you think is important in a travel partner?





  1. The post is spot on. I travelled for 9 months with my partner and although we had our moments, I couldn’t have done it without him! I would say make sure you both know what to expect and what the other is expecting before setting off – and have fun!


  2. I love this post!! I can totally relate! I consider myself very lucky since I have friends which are also perfect travel partners 🙂


  3. That´s a lovely list! I agree with each and every point of you. Although I don´t think a perfect person who has all these qualities is neccessary for an amazing adventure. Of course all of them are very important points and qualities, I find that with a person whom you can talk to openly about everything is really all you need. But definitely a great list – will nevertheless keep this in mind the next time I´m looking for a travel partner:-)


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