Buddy Up: Finding the Ideal Travel Buddy

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Finding a travel buddy might feel like the most daunting task of your life. So many variables, so many strangers, so many things that could go wrong. There are steps you can consider to help you navigate this process with ease. Whether you’re currently travelling the globe or looking to in the future, having a compatible roomy can make life 100x better!

Make a List of Non-Negotiable Qualities and Requirements

Reduce the ‘ick factor’ by taking the time to reflect on your preferences, lifestyle, and deal-breakers. Make a list of non-negotiable qualities that you want in a travel buddy. This could be anything from cleanliness to noise tolerance. Having a clear understanding of your dealbreakers can help you narrow down your search and be more transparent to potential globe-trotters.

Make an introductory bio for yourself

This is an important step in attracting a potential roommate. No one wants to travel with a stranger. What is it that you bring to the table? What are your hobbies, interests, and lifestyle preferences? Let people get a glimpse into who you are as a person. This will be important if you’re planning on using forums. You want to be able to say “All my roommates love me” in your next hostel, not “All my roommates hate me” because of the company you keep! Be honest, and you WILL attract like-minded individuals.

Find accounts affiliated with your travels

The upside of the ‘internet age’ is that joining Facebook groups or Reddit communities has made it easier than ever to find travel partners. Utilise these to their highest potential by finding those who are looking to share the same experiences as you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to people who are doing or travelling to the same places as you.

Use social media to help your outreach

Social media can help you expand your search network. Post your bio and accommodation requirements and respond to those doing the same. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pose endless opportunities for you to connect with people directly. Additionally, they give you a good insight into someone’s personality. Why not ask your friends to share your post to boost reach and connect with others who may be looking to travel in their friendship group.

Don’t waste your time or theirs.

When reaching out, be respectful of their time and communicate your preferences as clearly as possible. Don’t send generic messages; instead, personalise your outreach to show genuine interest. For example, if you’re looking for cheap rooms in Liverpool or a roommate in Edinburgh – make this KNOWN. If you’re not clear you run the chance of wasting your time and theirs. If someone isn’t a good fit, don’t be scared to move on and continue elsewhere. Always remember finding the right travel buddy takes effort and patience.

Ask questions and then ask MORE.

Never be scared to ask questions! It might feel odd at first, but vetting a potential roommate is key for your sanity during your travels. Try asking questions beyond the boring basics. Delve deeper into topics such as work and social activities. The more information you gather, the better equipped you’ll be to make the right decision and share similar experiences.

Meet up before deciding

We can’t stress this enough… MEET UP! Arrange a meeting somewhere like a cafe or restaurant (be mindful of your safety) to see if you truly click with this person. Listen to your gut instinct when it comes to how comfortable you feel in their presence. Meeting face-to-face allows you to assess compatibility and gives the other person an opportunity to show you their real personality before you head out on your journey.

Conclusion

Now you’re ready to start searching for that perfect partner in crime! By being clear, asking questions, and utilising the power of the internet you can streamline your travel buddy search and find someone who shares your values and itinerary. Some people you meet on your journey will be temporary, but others may stay with you forever. Enjoy the process!