Are you one of the best types of people to travel with? Traveling can be one of the greatest experiences of your life, teaching you independence and knowledge of other cultures. A huge part of travelling is the company you keep – who you travel with can make or break the trip.
Check out some of the best types of people to travel with. Are any of these you?
1. The Internal Sat-Nav
This person can take you anywhere you want. Market stalls? No Problem. The nearest toilet? Easy. The awesome bar you went to five days ago? They remember the route perfectly.
And if/when you do get lost; they will guide you home safely and quickly. This is especially useful if you’ve sampled some of the local wine.
2. The YOLO-er
Travelling is all about letting your hair down and having new experiences. With this person, you will never forget that. Expect sky diving one day, hiking the next, and beer pong championships to round the evening off.
Guaranteed to make every day of your trip unforgettable, the YOLO-er helps you to embrace every moment of your trip. Let’s face it, you can sleep in when you’re at home.
3. The Food Fan
If you’ve ever traveled with people who don’t care about what they eat, then you will know how great the Food Fan is to have around. Swapping noodles from the (usually) delicious local cuisine every day, the Food Fan is on a quest to broaden both their mind and their pallet. Their food enthusiasm is infectious and you will with no doubt end up trying the weirdest local dish on the menu.
4. The OCP
Travelers often like to be spontaneous, enjoying the freedom of not knowing what they will be doing the next day. While this is fun for a while, the Obsessive Compulsive Planner can be a great addition to your trip.
Booking boat escapades and reserving tickets for a crazy beach party, travelling with an OCP means you never have to worry about what you’ll be doing tomorrow – which is only a downfall if the OCP gets overexcited and books a swimming with sharks trip.
5. The Photographer
While they probably aren’t professional, the Photographer will always act like the real deal. They will go above and beyond the average travelers photography efforts, always making sure there is room in their suitcase for a decent camera. On top of that, they will actually remember to take the camera out when you go exploring or partying.
While you might scowl as they try to get you to pose, sweaty and sun burnt atop a mountain, later when you get home you realize how happy you are the pictures exist.
6. The Culture Vulture
The Culture Vulture doesn’t just want to get drunk on every continent. They want to use most of their waking moments exploring all of the new and different towns and cities they discover.
You may find the Culture Vulture annoying after five hours sleep, as they try to get you to hike four miles to a church, but once you get there you will always realize it was 100%, totally worth it.
7. The Survivalist
If the Survivalist was seven miles away from the hostel, with no money, no map and no language skills, they would still somehow be back within the hour. Nothing is a problem for the Survivalist – just an obstacle to climb around. From missing flights, lack of transport or full hostels, the Survivalist will save the trip at least once when everything looks bleak.
8. The Linguist
With a genuine interest in the locals, the Linguist is never far from his guide book – in the local language. They are picking up important words and phrases for every place they visit. This is one of the best types of people to travel with – especially when it comes to complicated food orders at your favorite restaurant.
9. The Light Traveler
While most people can’t wait to buy fun clothes for their trip, the Light Traveler brings only the essentials. After all, who needs three pairs of shorts when you can just re-wear the same pair?
While the Light Traveler is baffled by all the trinkets and souvenirs most people buy, there is always room in their backpack for you to store a few things.
10. The Small Spender
Travelling doesn’t have to be expensive’ is this person’s motto. This person’s ability to seek out the cheapest bars, restaurants and clubs will save you money on a daily basis.
Continuously getting you and your friends great deals for hostels and flights, you marvel at the ridiculous amount of money you spent on your last trip, while working out how to get the Small Spender to travel with you forever.
By Amy Johnson for Lifehack.org