20 Tests for Your Next Travel Companion

Anyone who travels frequently can tell you that a travel companion can make or break a trip. If they’re good, the trip will be amazing. And if they’re not … well, it might get rough.

To help you choose wisely, here’s a vetting process to put your next prospect through.

Public Transport Disaster

Buses? They’re going to run late. Planes? They’ll have last minute repairs. Trains? Rail delays. Whatever sort of transport you plan to take abroad, there’s going to be a mistake or a setback on the way.

To prepare, orchestrate your own transportation disaster. Sit back and take notes on how your friend responds.

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Dining Out

Does your travel companion prefer to eat adventurously or will they find the nearest McDonald’s no matter where in Germany you are? Get a sense of this before you go, and decide if you think it’s an adorable quirk. Or not.

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Map Reading

It doesn’t hurt if one of your traveling band can read a map or at least has a stellar sense of direction. As the walking map of my groups, I can verify that it saves time and reduces stress to have someone who’s not directionally challenged.

Almost equally valuable: someone who doesn’t mind asking for directions!

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