The Traits of a Perfect Travel Partner

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.”

Ernest Hemingway

A trip is like a magic wand that can show you the best or worst side of a person. If you want to put a ‘friendship‘ to the test — hit the road. If you’re blinded by ‘love’ —  proceed with caution. If you’re married — you might want to reconsider.

If you’re a solo traveller; read no further. The travel gods have been merciful. You’ve been spared.

Surviving a bad trip is easier than a sour travel partner. There is no way you can undo what’s been said or done or clicked on a trip. It will stick for eternity.

And that’s why, you need to carefully choose your travel partner. It isn’t going to be easy. But, pay close attention, and you might stumble on a winner.

The perfect travel partner knows how to take a winning selfie after a gruelling 3 hour trek in the snow

At the summit of Taebaeksan

The perfect travel partner will never photobomb your shot

Boseong’s Green Tea Gardens

The perfect travel partner will never ditch you for solo travel or another travel partner

Trick Eye Museum

The perfect travel partner will always choose the easy route

Cold, hungry, and lost in Chuncheon

The perfect travel partner knows that a bike ride needn’t continue for 20 km

Along the River Han

The perfect travel partner knows when it gets too cold

Over the frozen lake

The perfect travel parter knows that three can be a crowd

Somewhere along the Seoul Subway

The perfect travel partner is a connoisseur of the arts

Footprints in snow

The perfect travel partner will watch the hippest performances in town

Flamingos at Suncheon Bay Gardens

And the perfect travel partner will only dine at the finest restaurants

Instant noodles at Hallasan

After nearly a decade of travel; we’re still demystifying the traits of a perfect travel partner. Given our track record, I don’t think either of us is getting any closer to the ideal and I wonder if we’d ever get there. I guess, that’s what good trips are made of?

92 responses to “The Traits of a Perfect Travel Partner

  1. Very funny. I do love my husband, and he can be a good travel partner, but you are so right that it can be a good test of the relationship! I actually know a woman who got engaged and then set out on a month-long trip with her new fiancé, only to permanently break up near the end of it! Ouch. I honestly travel most happily alone or with strangers, and I have also found my daughter and my sister to (separately) be excellent companions. My very own terrible selfie- (or any photo!) taker husband and I are off for several weeks in September – watch this space to see if we survive!

    • I’ve never liked solo travel before our move to Seoul. Now, I see how it can be liberating in many ways. 🙂 But, it can never beat my trips with Basil. I’m surprised we’ve survived so many ‘impossible’ trips.
      I’ve ever read a post of a trip with your husband. Now, that is going to be an interesting read. 🙂 All the best! Hope ‘luck’ shines on you.

  2. And if your good travel partner is also your spouse it bodes well for retirement, because in both cases you’re in each other’s hair 24/7.

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    • Haha…I wish I could take credit for the ‘footprint-flower’. I think, it’s the footwork of a creative kid. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Jo. 🙂 Have a good week!

  4. Oh my gosh, I so loved this, and it’s SO true! I always say to all my peeps, if you want to find out if you can spend of your life with someone, go travel with them. If you want to see if you SHOULD spend the rest of your life with someone, travel to a place where there is no running water. 🙂
    ” A trip is like a magic wand that can show you the best or worst side of a person. If you want to put a ‘friendship‘ to the test — hit the road. If you’re blinded by ‘love’ — proceed with caution. If you’re married — you might want to reconsider.”

    Brilliant!!

    • “If you want to see if you SHOULD spend the rest of your life with someone, travel to a place where there is no running water.” That can be a tricky situation! 🙂
      I’m so glad you enjoyed reading our post. Thanks for stopping by and being a part of the conversation. 🙂
      Cheryl

  5. I often wonder why do opposites get paired as couple? I guess may be it keeps things sizzling and there’s no boredom! Well, solo travel definitely has many things going for it. I think it’s let’s you be yourself which is really important. Loved the pictures in this post.

      • I don different clothes to suit the situation Cheryl. I’m not really a group person unless I’m in charge of the plan. And I hate people who waste time! So even if I’m in a group, everyone knows that I’ll take out time for solitary moments. Its usually around dawn… I find some good spot to watch sunrise or great place to take a walk. So while everyone is sleeping till late, I get up really early on a vacation. I think it’s important to find some me time.

  6. After 35 years of travelling together we’re still having to constantly work at the relationship when travelling – I suppose that’s actually a bonus – if you travelling with someone 24/7 you can’t afford to ignore any problems that crop up.

    • Wow! That’s some good advice for us and something we can also look forward to. I hope I can survive travelling 24/7 with him (and he with me). The longest we’ve travelled together is for 2 weeks. 🙂
      Cheryl

  7. Good post! 😉 traveling is never the same with different travelmates… but it’s so great to meet all different kinds of people on the way! Cheers to the good travel life, kati 🍀❤️🤘

    • Hi Kati! I couldn’t agree more. I’ve travelled with many people and also met many along the way. The experience has always been enriching. Happy travels to you too! 🙂

  8. Lol I have always wanted to travel solo but was too scared to start. As for a partner, nobody seem to cross my mind as I read your post..too bad

    • hahah…I was too scared to travel solo for a very long time. These days, I’m trying to change that. Hope you find ‘the perfect travel partner’ somewhere along your travel journey! lol….I’m still looking for mine. 🙂

  9. This is a funny post and I couldn’t agree more! Interested to hear more of your thoughts on “The perfect travel partner will never ditch you for solo travel or another travel partner.”

  10. Love your style of writing, very easy, friendly and comfortable to read ☺️ travel and writing are passions of mine as well, as I’m sort of new to this if you could take the time to check out my blog I’d be really grateful!
    I plan on travelling with my boyfriend – hopefully he will make a good travel partner 😂 Look forward to reading more of your posts

    • Thanks for your comment! 🙂 It made my day. I’ll definitely check out your blog. All the best for the trip with your boyfriend. There’s only one way to find out if he makes a good travel partner or not! 🙂

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  12. I LOVE your writing style and travel stories with a dose of humor. Great post!! I was wondering if you would be interested in joining a travel blogging challenge with me? I would love to hear more of your stories from there!

    • Thanks a bunch, Winta! 🙂 Truly appreciate your comment. During my early blogging days I have participated in many blogging challenges. These days, I’m a bit pressed for time. 😦 I would love to participate in the challenge, but I’m not sure how soon I could start posting. It might be a couple of months! 😦 If you still think it makes sense you could nominate us! Once again, thanks so much for stopping by.
      Cheryl

      • Hey Cheryl! I completely understand! No worries. I see that you all are living in Korea currently? I loved Korea and my visit while I was there! Would you be interested in doing a blog post exchange sometime? Let me know!

      • Thanks, Winta! 🙂 Yes, we are currently living in Seoul. I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay in Korea. I haven’t done a blog post exchange so far (because of the lack of time). But, if I do, I’ll definitely let you know. Have a great week! Stay in touch. 🙂

  13. Great tips. It really can be challenging travelling with others, but so far I have not burned any bridges! I like the way you wrote this piece, very nice 🙂

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