Imagine travelling to a place you’ve been wanting to tick off your bucket list for ages. Now imagine your vacay getting ruined because the person you’re travelling with is just not the ideal trekking companion. Bummer, right? We all love vacations, but whom you are travelling with determines how well your trip goes.
While a lot of people love travelling solo, some want to travel with partners. Selfies turn into landscape pictures, a 10-hour train journey isn’t boring anymore, and if you are in a crisis, there’s someone who will get through it with you. It’s always nice to share that beautiful sunset with someone, after all. So, here’s your little guide on how to pick the perfect trekking companion.
Everyone Travels Differently
If you are someone who adheres to an itinerary, you might not believe in getting to a place and making an impromptu decision about where to go next. A run in the evening might be your thing but maybe not a morning stroll. It’s imperative to understand how your partner travels so that you two can reach a common point where you both agree to spend your vacation in a certain way.
Your Style Of Travelling Vs Your Partner’s
When you are trekking, you can’t be fussy about keeping 10 different clothes for a three-day trek. Packing light is ideal and so when you are deciding on your partner, ensure that they carry just the travel essentials – nothing more, nothing less. Unless, you are someone who doesn’t mind carrying a little extra weight on their back. Basically, your style of travelling should match that of your partner.
Taking Pictures Vs Taking Instagrammable Pictures
You either go on a vacation and take a few pictures or you go on a vacation only to take pictures. Speaking from my own experience, this is one argument that happens on every trip – the time one spends on taking pictures. If you are travelling with a travel blogger, they’d want that perfect Instagrammable picture whereas, you might want to hit click and move on to your next destination. Set a priority and discuss how much time you want to spend on taking pictures.
Budget – Save Or Splurge?
Hostel or Hotel? Roadside food or restaurant food? Train or bus? Save or splurge? You need to set a travel budget before taking a vacation with someone. Travelling is also about decision making. If you are trekking, you probably want to camp, but imagine ending up with someone who’d rather prefer a hotel? Set an overall budget for your trip and even a daily budget, include travelling expenses, lodging expenses, food and other miscellaneous expenses while you are at it.
More Places, Less Exploration Vs One Place, More Exploration
There are two types of travellers in this world – the ones who are like Bunny and the ones who are like Naina – yes, it’s a Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani reference. The Bunnys of this world want to cover practically all the places in their vicinity, whereas the Nainas like to stop, stay at one place and dig deep to enjoy each and every bit of their vacay in just one place.
Your Energies Should Match
It’s always a good idea to trek with someone who can cope with your physical energy and is almost or close to your age. Every person treks at their own pace and hence, if your energy matches with your partner, you’d be able to enjoy it more. It’s important to be physically fit before a trek so make sure you run all the basic medical tests before you hit the mountains.
Patience and Perseverance
Another factor that affects your trip is when two people who are poles apart spend time together. There can be clashes because like I earlier said, travelling is also about decision making. If you don’t agree with your partner on anything, then you may as well travel alone, right? Trekking requires patience and perseverance. So, when you are deciding on whom to travel with, make sure your level of patience is in sync with your partner’s.
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