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How to Get Along with Your Travel Partner

A vacation can be relaxing, exciting, and fun, unless you and your travel partner spend the entire time arguing about where to go and what to do.


  • Step 1: Understand differences Understand that different people like to experience traveling in different ways. One person may prefer to have a meticulously detailed schedule while another may prefer to wing it.
  • TIP: Test the waters by going away for only one night on your first trip with a travel partner.
  • Step 2: Plan an agenda Make an agenda, itemizing what each of you wants to see or do on the trip.
  • TIP: Be open to any situations that arise on the trip that may be more fun or interesting than what is outlined in the itinerary.
  • Step 3: Budget the trip Set up a budget for the trip that clearly outlines how much the trip is going to cost. Specify every expense and determine how much each person is responsible for.
  • Step 4: Compromise Be willing to compromise. Compromise means that sometimes both parties have to give up a little of something they want to make each other happy.
  • Step 5: Take a break Take a break from each other. If you have travel plans that conflict, or one of you wants to stay in the hotel, split off and meet back together later.
  • Step 6: Work together Work off each other's strengths and weaknesses. If your partner is better at planning, and you are better at taking pictures, then do what you are good at.
  • Step 7: Laugh Have a sense of humor. It is often easier to get along when you and your partner can share a laugh about your travel experiences.
  • FACT: According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, in 2008, international tourism generated $944 billion.

You Will Need

  • Agenda
  • Budget
  • Ability to compromise
  • Breaks
  • Sense of humor
  • Overnight trip (optional)

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