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traveling companions

January 21, 2014

What makes a person a great traveling companion?  Some might suggest that people who are easy-going make ideal travel partners.  And while easy-going people may indeed be good to travel with, that description is far too simplistic.   Truly great travel companions must be much, much more than easy-going.  Let me share with you some of the characteristics I appreciate in those I travel with.

  1. Their suitcase is heavier that yours, likely due to extra shoes and books.
  2. They engage you in great conversation, witty banter, and/or offer to hold your hand while traveling on uneven, bumpy roads, that the bus driver treats as a roller coaster.
  3. They participate in making-up extensive back stories and names to describe people you don’t know.
  4. They are friendly and chatty with strangers, so you don’t have to do talk to others, but still get to find out the news.
  5. Getting drinks is a shared activity, everyone takes a turn.
  6. There are  moments when you laugh until you cry, even if it really wasn’t that funny.
  7. They don’t let you forget the things you said before you thought through how it would sound to others.
  8. Collectively, the group has everything you need – medications, airline tickets, ocean views, trip photos, …
  9. When you get home, there isn’t an e-mail with a list of grievances, but rather an e-mail that talks about how great the vacation was and doing it again soon.

A great vacation isn’t about being easy-going, it’s about having a great time regardless of the weather, or the bugs, or whatever challenges you might encounter.   And this not-so-easy-going person feels blessed to have spent the week with such a great group of traveling companions.


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  1. Marni Herold permalink

    Love it! Glad to hear you had a great time!

  2. lindai permalink

    Megan – I will gladly try to have a suitcase heavier than yours any time 🙂

  3. Another key component – people back home who happy for you / a little jealous. Happy to fill that role.

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