Join a local travel club. Many churches, public libraries, senior centers, and other organizations bring groups of people together who enjoy traveling. The groups usually organize trips and members may share their vacation stories at meetings as well. You may want to take one of the trips planned by the group or you may meet someone at a meeting or activity who is interested in joining you on your own travel adventure.
If you love to travel but have nobody to travel with and you don’t like to travel alone, do not despair. Finding a travel companion is not as difficult as you may think. Lots of folks are in the same situation and would love to find a travel companion.
Traveling with friends is often a great choice, but sometimes it isn’t possible. So what’s the next best thing? A logical next step could be finding somebody you may not know yet, but would enjoy traveling and vacationing with… somebody who shares the same general travel routines, expectations, and interests as you when it comes to vacationing.
There are lots of difference ways to find someone who might be your “perfect match” in a travel partner, but it can take some time and effort. You will want to find a person with whom you “click” and share common ground. It should be someone you can talk with but also sit in silence with… someone you can trust and depend on… someone you can get along with in close quarters… and someone with an equivalent vacation budget.
If you think you’ve found a potentially great travel buddy, make sure to take a short trip together first before tackling a longer adventure. It’s impossible to know for sure know how well you will get along while traveling and vacationing together until you’ve actually done it.
Use the Internet. There are websites and apps designed specifically to connect travelers with each other. However… a few words of caution… ALWAYS make sure you are dealing with a legitimate, trustworthy resource and NEVER give out personal information, provide a credit card number, or meet anyone in person until you are absolutely certain it is safe to do so. When it comes to a potential travel partner you have only met online and do not know, it is advisable to talk on the phone a few times, have a few video chats, and ALWAYS research the person before making plans.
The following ideas have helped travel companions connect with each other. You may find the suggestions helpful.
Ask for introductions. Let your family and friends know you are looking for a travel companion. They know you well so may be able to connect you with someone they know who likes to travel and may be a good match.
Be careful, cautious, and thorough. No matter how you meet a potential travel companion, really get to know the individual before making plans to go away with the person. Make sure you and your possible travel partner are well-suited to each other. Even if you share mutual friends, it doesn’t mean you will travel well together.
Attend a workshop or class. Many adult education programs offer classes related to travel. Some are on specific destinations. Others offer travel tips. Find one that sparks your interest. You may find somebody there you connect with and want to get to know better, which could lead to making travel plans together in the future.
Traveling with another person can be challenging and not much fun if you do not enjoy each other’s company or share similar interests.
Here are a few questions you and your potential travel partner may want to answer before deciding to vacation together. You can probably come up with other questions that apply to your specific circumstance.
Visit your local senior center. Senior centers are great places for meeting new people around your own age and with similar interests. Plenty of senior centers offer day trips and weekend excursions for folks who enjoy traveling.