How to Find a Travel Buddy

How to Find a Travel Buddy
Nothing makes travel better than company. However, finding a travel buddy is not easy. There are steps you can take before the trip to make sure your journeys aren't lonely ones. Nevertheless, many journeys begin solo. Don't let that stand in your way. Often a travel buddy will emerge in the course of your adventures so long as you are open to a partnership.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Talk up your trip to make it real. Chances are you have touted your travel plans to friends. Often, people will be excited by your plans and they might say how much they would like to go. That's your chance to pounce. Know all the details of your trip so you can make the journey real in their minds. Know how much it will cost, the exact dates, what needs to be packed and how awesome it will all be. Having the details to share with others can produce a real commitment, instead of just vague interest.
Step 2
If personal conversations aren't working, go to the Internet. While trying to pick a travel partner online might be difficult, there are places to find like-minded people at your destination. One of the best such resources is Couchsurfing.com. This website helps match travelers with places to stay. Hosts and travelers register on Couchsurfers, then exchange ratings on fellow travelers and hosts. Staying with natives at your destination is a sure way to find some knowledgeable companionship.
Step 3
Stay in hostels as often as possible. Hostels are typically frequented by people who are looking for social experiences. Plus, many hostels are designed with a specific audience in mind, whether family travelers or college students. Talking with other people in the hostel frequently leads to further adventures.
Step 4
Be open to new ideas. When an opportunity to travel with others comes up, be ready to compromise. Change plans, be open to entirely different itineraries.
Step 5
Keep in touch. When you run into like-minded travelers, don't lose contact. Even if you just cross paths and move on, staying in touch could lead to future travels together.

Article Written By Louie Doverspike

Based in Seattle, Louie Doverspike has been a professional writer since 2004. His work has appeared in various publications, including "AntiqueWeek" magazine, the "Prague Post" and "Seattle Represent!" Doverspike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamilton College.

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