While many single people don’t mind traveling solo, others look for a travel companion to share their adventures. If you find the right person, it can be an excellent way to make a new friend, but if you hook up with the wrong person, it can be a nightmare.
“I have found out that there ain’t any surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” — Mark Twain
How to Find a Travel Companion
Finding the right travel companion takes work and a willingness to step outside your comfort zone. Websites designed to help you find a traveling companion make it easier, but you still have to be diligent to be sure you’re safe.
Visit websites such as TravBuddy.com, TravelFriend.us, Travel Companion Exchange, and TravelersMeeting.com. The sites require you to register and create a user name, profile, and of course a password. Each site is a little different in design but allows you to find a travel companion with similar interests and then contact them via email.
Travel Club Membership
Another good resource for finding a travel companion is a travel club. This gives you a chance to meet people face-to-face, and to give you a better idea whether or not you think a person would make a suitable travel buddy.
Talk to a travel agent to locate a travel club in your area. National clubs can also be found online. Many of them cater to specific groups. For instance, the Women’s Travel Club caters to women of all ages and backgrounds looking for a traveling companion.
Travel Forums and Boards
Checkout travel forums and boards. Travel sites often include forums that offer a sense of community with others looking for travel companions, but don’t rush to share your personal information. Get a feel for the site, and proceed with caution.
Special Interest Clubs
While local groups based on an interest like sailing, bird watching, chorus, or camera club may not officially be a place to look for a travel companion, it is a good resource to find someone with similar interests. Special interest clubs are a great place to meet people and get to know them and whether or not they may be a candidate for your travel companion.
Once you find a potential traveling companion, ask if they mind if you do a background check. While this may feel a little awkward, it is better be safe and know the person you plan to travel with doesn’t have a criminal background.