Some things are best done on your own. Others are more enjoyable when you’re with company, like eating, going to a club, picnicking, watching movies and shopping. Although you need to travel alone at least once in your life, make it a point to see the rest of the world with your closest friends.
These are the kinds of friends who make the best travel mates.
Ideal Travel Buddy #1: The friend who’s a certified obsessive compulsive planner
Your OC planner friend may not be the best companion for spontaneous things, as they might obsess over not planning the whole occasion. But if you travel with this person, you’ll be thankful you did because they’ll be more than willing to do all the work for you – booking and all. They’ll take care of your flight schedule, search for the best hotel rates, dig into each establishment’s facilities and amenities, prepare maps and book tours. They’ll also be on time all the time, which means that you’ll have a “live alarm clock” to ensure you’ll make it to the airport two hours before boarding or wake up early for a guided tour.
Ideal Travel Buddy #2: The friend who’s done a good research about the best restaurants and eateries in your destination
You’ll never go hungry or waste precious time trying to figure out where to eat (which is what you do most of the time when you’re with other friends). You also won’t need to ask whether this restaurant or diner is an excellent choice because your foodie pal has already read reviews about it.
Ideal Travel Buddy #3: The friend who’s motto in life is YOLO
Adventures always take your travel experience to the next level. But sometimes, your girly friends would just want to check out shopping centers or the clubs. So if you’re into adrenaline-pumping activities, make sure you tag along a YOLO friend. You’ll be amazed at how much fun you can have with them.
Ideal Travel Buddy #4: The friend who’s really good at taking pictures
With this kind of friend, you won’t to worry about having great photos to prove you had the best time of your life, whether you were in the Eiffel Tower or Angkor Wat. Yes, they might annoy for a bit when they ask you to help carry their photography stuff or stop you in the middle of munching on an exotic food. But at the end of the day, you’ll be more than happy you were with them because all your other friends are so envious of your travel pictures.
Photos by: Charlie & Kasie Bennett, Tilemahos Efthimiadis, Christiaan Triebert, Chris Combe