Traveling is difficult enough, let alone having to deal with the wrong travel partner. I hear stories all the time of how people argued on what to do, where to go, sleep and eat. Even the best of travelers will have unpleasant situations if they have not done their homework.
Last week my friend wrote about solo traveling, one of my favorite ways to travel. But most travel with someone, usually our partner. Some partners do not like to venture out and about, so do not just sit home… ask a favorite relative or friend and plan your holiday. One on one travel is a great way to share and learn about each other. Every time I share a long weekend with my sister I am amazed how we are very different. Sometimes focusing on similarities is difficult.
Do think twice before you choose a traveling partner and if during the planning process you realize you are not on the same page then cancel the trip or at least the partner. This happened to me once. Three quarters of the way through the planning process, my traveling companion and I realized we had different goals and expectations. I did not go, but I do have a great trip all planned throughout Sicily!
The more people traveling, the more removed from the destination and the more the trip focuses on the group dynamics. We have all been one on one with someone and then with the same person in a group setting. The conversation completely changes. The same is true with traveling. So know your goals and expectations when planning a trip and plan accordingly. The more planning that goes into the trip the better. But it does not need to be too rigid.
Many years ago, my daughter Lori and I went to England for a week. We first decided on a few places we each wanted to visit. One common theme was country houses. Of course we could not see all of them in our itinerary. So Lori wrote a description of selected houses along the way on 3″ by 5″ index cards. Then as we traveled along, we could choose the house that best fit our day. It was great planning yet most flexible.
Now it is time to begin your summer and fall travel plans. Select your goals and expectations and then your travel partner. Call or email me to begin the planning!