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What Is A Travel Companion?

November 2, 2018

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A travel companion is someone who either travels with you or meets you at your destination, to share in the experience together. It’s certainly more fun to sight-see or have romantic dinner dates with a travel buddy than to travel or dine alone! Travel companions are simply just that – people traveling together. 

In essence, travel companions are individuals journeying together, fitting the definition of “a person or persons with whom you have coordinated travel arrangements, stays with or nearby you, and intends to travel with you during the trip.”

With a hybrid travel companion concierge agency like Elite Muse , our expertise in travel companionship and concierge services offer you the gifts of time, privacy, and exquisite companions. 

Our expert travel consultants not only help ensure that your ideal trip is a smooth journey, but that your choice of companion is as close to perfect as possible. Our selection of successful models, actresses, and career professionals are delightful company, with warm hearts, friendly natures, excellent education, and clean lifestyles.

The Benefits of Having A Travel Companion

Say goodbye to traveling solo. While not being alone is one of the most obvious benefits of bringing a trip buddy, there are many other reasons to indulge in their company:

1. Empowering support.

A travel partner can provide moral support, especially if you have social anxiety and don’t like going out alone. It’s someone with whom to share funny moments and someone with whom you can point out interesting facts. Your traveling companion can share the enjoyment of experiencing unfamiliar locations and savoring new cultures.

2. Local insights.

Often your elite travel companion will have a lot of local information.  From navigating unfamiliar streets to uncovering hidden gems, your companion’s insights can streamline your journey and shield you from potential tourist traps or scams , ultimately saving you precious time and ensuring a more authentic adventure.

3. Tailored matches.

To ensure that a luxury travel companion can add value to your journey, choose someone we recommend who has similar travel preferences and personality characteristics as you. Let our expert matchmakers pair you with the most suitable young lady handpicked to your mood and travel aspirations.

4. Enriched experiences.

Choosing a travel companion is crucial for a truly enriching encounter. The individual with whom you travel can directly affect how much you enjoy your trip while it’s happening, and the memories you will have after it’s over. A paid female travel companion gives you your money’s worth – you want both the experience and its memory to be not only pleasant but wonderfully unforgettable.

Our specialty is to craft perfect matches tailored just for you. We’re expert matchmakers, experienced in creating beautiful chemistry, and your best bet for enjoying an extremely memorable vacation or business trip.

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Qualities of a Good Travel Companion

So what do you look for in a travel buddy? Elite Muse helps you explore the qualities that contribute to your overall travel experience.

1. Shares in your interests.

A good travel companion shares similar interests, and travel preferences, and has a compatible personality. You’d want to avoid your extreme opposite when desiring a travel buddy. If you’re more of a relaxed and zen gentleman, you’d want to skip our exceptionally talkative ladies, no matter how beautiful they might be.

2. Goes with the flow.

Flexibility in a trip buddy signifies a willingness to embrace change and unexpected situations – and such is often the case with traveling! A travel companion who is not only gorgeous but also approaches the journey with an open mind helps allow spontaneity and fun despite unforeseen events.

3. Excellent communicator.

If you want to enjoy each other’s company, then you know that an expressive companion helps you warm up to each other better. She’ll convey her thoughts and ideas beautifully, much to your satisfaction. Our selection of stunning female travel companions are skilled communicators – they listen attentively and ensure seamless coordination should a few wrinkles in your travel experience come up.

4. Respects your solitude.

Respect for boundaries, including solitude, is a vital quality in a high-class travel companion. It signifies an understanding of the value of personal space and the occasional need for moments of solitude . Some gentlemen need a few moments of alone time to recharge without any discomfort or sense of intrusion. Our understanding companions revel in their own company, too, so that makes two.

5. Maintains a warm and positive attitude.

A good female travel companion maintains a positive outlook, even in challenging situations. Their optimism and enthusiasm contribute to a more uplifting encounter when faced with challenges. An unwavering optimism is contagious, and their energy might just rub on you. 

While our team of excellent  private concierges  helps ensure a smooth and luxurious travel experience, you’ll still want to ensure that the company you seek helps you enjoy your vacation even better. While we will always suggest ideal companions, the final choice is of course always yours. However, deviating from our recommendation may impact the seamless experience we strive for, but you’ll still be sure to have a delightful time.

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Top 5 Qualities of Elite Muse Travel Companions

At Elite Muse , we offer a distinctive travel companion experience through our opulent services . Our handpicked companions possess exceptional qualities that guarantee an extraordinary journey. Here are the top five defining traits:

Professionalism

Our adorable models value professionalism and dedicate themselves to the highest level of luxurious companionship service throughout your trip. They conduct themselves with grace, courtesy, and a keen awareness of your preferences and needs.

We understand the importance of privacy in your travel experiences. Our companions are exemplars of discretion, safeguarding your personal information and ensuring that your journey remains a confidential and intimate affair.

Intelligent

Engaging in meaningful conversations and offering insightful perspectives is second nature to our female travel companions . Their intelligence and cultural awareness enrich your experiences, adding depth and substance to your time together.

Stunning Beauty

Our companions are not only captivating in their physical appearance but also possess an inner radiance that shines through. Their beauty, both inside and out, enhances the overall enjoyment of your journey.

Flexibility and adaptability are integral qualities of our companions. They seamlessly adjust to varying situations and environments, ensuring that your travel experience is smooth, comfortable, and tailored to your preferences.

What else could you ask for? Embark on a journey with Elite Muse . Our companions embody these exceptional qualities helping you enrich your travels in warm and wonderful company.

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Now that you’ve gained insight into the world of elite travel companions , it’s time to embark on your unforgettable adventure. Let us be your trusted partner in curating experiences that exceed your expectations.

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Who would be considered as a "traveling companion" for my travel insurance policy?

Last Updated: February 6, 2008 March 28, 2018

The definition for a “Traveling Companion” can vary depending on the company and policy selected.  Generally, a traveling companion means a person who is sharing travel arrangements with you.  You should note that a group or tour leader is usually not considered a  Traveling Companion unless you are  sharing room accommodations with them. Always refer to your travel insurance certificate for full details and their definition.

Who is Defined As Your Family Member or Traveling Companion?

A Family Member usually means your spouse or domestic partner, child, spouse’s child, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, brother, sister, mother, father, grandparents, grandchild, step-brother, step-sister, step-parents, parents-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, guardian, ward.

Be sure to check each insurance provider’s exact definition of a Family Member. A good rule of thumb is: “ Family members are related by blood or marriage “.

On the other hand, Traveling Companions are “related” by their travel arrangements. In other words, they are people traveling together.

A common Traveling Companion definition is “a person or persons whose name(s) appear(s) with Yours on the same Travel Arrangements and who, during Your Trip, will accompany You.”

A group or tour organizer, sponsor or leader is not a Traveling Companion as defined, “unless sharing accommodations in the same room, cabin, condominium unit, apartment unit or other lodging with You.”

Where do Business Partners fit in? Some companies consider a business partner to be equal to a Family Member. However, their definitions are very specific: an individual who is involved in a legal partnership and shares in the management of the business. Note the wording “a legal partnership” – this means a General Partnership. Not an LLC, not an LLP, not a C-Corporation, not a S-Corporation, not a Sole Proprietorship.

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How to Find a Travel Companion: Safe Options and Some to Avoid

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February 20, 2023 by Janice Waugh

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Finding a travel companion can make travel better but it can also make it worse.

There was a lively debate about finding a travel partner on the Solo Travel Society on Facebook.

  • The majority of people considered this service counter to solo travel. Karen wrote: “I don't want to connect with anyone, love being solo. “
  • Some thought that there was definitely a place for it. Danielle wrote: “when it comes to hiking or camping remotely while solo, that's a little nerve wracking and I'd love to meet up with people who are in the same mindset. “
  • Some liked the idea as a means of getting around the single supplement. Mary wrote: “I like the idea of being connected to someone sometimes to avoid that “single-occupancy tax. “

Let's be clear: despite being a solo traveler, I have traveled with companions many times and had good success. It can enhance the travel experience as you discover a new destination through your own cultural lens and that of your new travel companion as well.

Yet, whatever your reason for seeking a travel companion, I suggest you proceed with caution and use the methods below. They are safe and will help increase your chances of making a successful match.

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How to Find a Travel Companion: Methods I Can Recommend

There are safe ways to find a travel partner for a day, a week, or more. These methods give you the freedom of being solo and connecting to interesting people when you want.

1. Get a warm introduction from a friend.

One of the best ways to find a travel companion is through a friend or family member. Being concerned for your safety, they will only suggest that you travel with people they trust. Hopefully, you will be geographically close enough to meet each other a few times before setting out so that you can determine for yourself whether they are a person with whom you'd like to spend a lot of time.

2. How to meet the right travel companion along the way.

This has happened to me most often in hostels, but it doesn't really matter where you meet them. The point is that you meet a travel buddy as you travel, not before. You get to meet them in person and spend a few days together sharing meals or day tours before committing to anything longer. Spend the days in the public sphere and return to your own safe accommodation every night. Eventually, you can decide whether this is the right person for you to travel with.

3. Let your tour/cruise company connect you with a travel partner.

If your goal is to avoid the single supplement on a tour or cruise, ask the travel company to partner you with another solo traveler. Most companies will and, if they can't, they'll give you your own room for no additional charge. See our Deals  page for tours and cruises with no or low single supplements.

4. Use Meetup.com to find locals who want similar experiences

Meetup.com is a fabulous resource for solo travelers to meet people of similar interests. These are most often locals, not people to travel with. But, locals! How great is that? I used Meetup.com and found people to hike with in Hong Kong.

5. Book a greeter and have a local share their city with you. 

International Greeters  connects you with locals who volunteer to show off their city. I've used this service in Paris, New York, Kyoto, and Chicago. It's a great way to meet and have fun with someone new. I've gone cycling, shared lunch, and shopped with greeters.

6. Women Welcome Women World Wide

This is an international community of 2,400 people in over 80 countries. They are mostly women over 60 who want to travel more often and meet locals, so they host one another for a tea or a stay as they travel. Read  Women Welcoming Women: A Gateway to International Friendships .

7. Take a day tour or a class to find a travel companion.

If social is what you're looking for, schedule in time for social activities. Day tours and group lessons give you a social experience. Perhaps you'll meet someone with whom you'd like to spend more time. Read How to Travel Alone Without Being Lonely: 10 Tips & 6 Short Stories .

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3 Safety Rules for Traveling with Someone New

Traveling with someone you do not know really well requires a few safety tips, especially if you're traveling independently:

  • Stay in public. When you are with someone new, stay in the public sphere for at least a few days. You need a bit of time to get to know them before renting a car together or sharing a hotel room. Eventually, determine whether this is a person with whom you truly feel safe.
  • Be proactive . Choose who you want to spend time with. Make your own decisions rather than responding to invitations from others who might have agendas of their own.
  • Don't be rushed into a decision. If you are considering traveling with someone, don't be rushed into the decision. If the idea comes up but they say that you must decide by a time that is less than comfortable for you, decline the opportunity.

Also, read our primary post on solo travel safety .

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Apps/Sites for Travel Companions: My Concerns

There are a number of apps and websites that will help you find a travel partner. I have concerns about them for the following reasons.

  • Compatibility . Just because you're going to the same destination does not mean that you're compatible with someone. You may not discover until you're into the trip that you don't share the same interests or ways of exploring, never mind the rhythm of your travels. This can make for a miserable trip.
  • Catfishing . A catfish is someone online who pretends to be someone they're not. Without a real life connection, there is no way to know who is real and who isn't on social media. This could put you in a vulnerable situation where the person you thought was going to be your travel buddy is actually expecting to hook up, is not who they pretended to be, or worse.
  • Misunderstandings . The potential for a serious misunderstanding is another reason I don't promote the idea of finding a travel partner on an app. Your new travel partner may not have had any intention of deceiving you and may not mean to cause you any harm, yet they may have different hopes for the trip than you do.
  • Telling the world you're solo . By participating on an independent matching site and sharing your itinerary you are telling the world that you are traveling solo and where. While I don't hide the fact that I'm solo while I travel, for safety reasons, I don't broadcast it either.
  • Sites/apps can get too much personal information . In an effort to increase member safety, some sites go through a variety of verification steps, including gathering government ID information. This raises identity safety concerns.

Because I can't promote the sites that help you find a travel partner (I don't have experience with them), I'm not giving you a list. However, if you are still interested, you will find a list on Google. If you do so, I hope you'll be cautious with a new travel partner and read the Solo Travel Safety section of the site before leaving.

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Finding the perfect travel partner can significantly enhance your journey, offering companionship and shared experiences that create lasting memories. Before you embark on your journey, it is important to carefully consider and plan who will be the best travel partner for you . In this article, we will delve into tips for selecting the best travel partners who complement your personality and interests.

As we explore various ways of finding travel companions online through social media platforms and dedicated websites, you'll learn how to build a strong partnership with fellow solo travelers. We will also discuss crucial aspects such as planning ahead for smooth coordination between both parties during the trip.

Lastly, safety considerations and precautions are paramount when traveling with someone new; therefore, we will provide valuable insights on ensuring a secure experience while discovering exciting destinations together. So embark on this informative journey with us as we guide you towards creating unforgettable memories with like-minded travel partners.

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3 Tips for choosing the best travel partners

Traveling with a compatible partner can make your journey more enjoyable and memorable. To ensure a successful journey, it is essential to discuss and agree on travel goals, preferences, and expectations . This involves communicating openly about your interests, budgets, and travel styles.

1. Define your travel goals

To begin with, discuss what you want to achieve during your trip. Are you looking for adventure or relaxation? Do you prefer cultural experiences or exploring nature?

By understanding each other's goals, you can create an itinerary that caters to both of your interests.

2. Determine your budgets

Budget is often a significant factor when traveling. Discuss the sum of money each individual is willing to allocate for lodgings, nourishment, transport and activities.

Establishing a budget range will help avoid conflicts later on in the planning process.

Keep reading:  A beginner's guide on how to plan your travel budget .

3. Discuss travel styles

Everyone has their own unique way of traveling - some may enjoy luxury hotels while others are content with hostels and backpacking style of travel ; some might prefer guided tours whereas others like going off-the-beaten-path independently.

Discuss these preferences upfront so there are no surprises once on the road together.

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How to find travel partners online

Uncovering the optimal travel buddy can alter your voyage for the better. With so many people sharing their wanderlust on social media, it's easier than ever to connect with like-minded travelers who share your interests and goals. 

In this section, we'll explore some popular platforms and online communities where you can find potential travel companions:

Worldpackers

Worldpackers is a platform that connects travelers with volunteer opportunities around the globe .

As a member of Worldpackers, you'll have access to an extensive network of fellow adventurers who are also looking for meaningful experiences while traveling. You might just find someone who shares your passion for making a positive impact on the world .

Read some experiences of fellow travelers using Worldpackers: " My experience teaching English in Argentina for 2 months " and " How I had the best volunteering experience in Ecuador "

Travel Buddies

If you're specifically searching for someone to join you on your next adventure, Travel Buddies could be an excellent resource.

This website allows users to create profiles detailing their upcoming trips and preferred travel styles, making it easy for potential partners to see if they'd be compatible companions.

Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing, known primarily as a homestay network connecting travelers with locals offering free accommodation, also features groups dedicated to finding travel partners.

Join one of these groups or post about your plans in relevant city-specific forums - there's always someone eager to explore new places together.

A resource for backpackers and gap year travelers , offering forums where users can find travel partners or get advice on their journeys.

Tips for using online platforms:

  • Create detailed profiles: Be honest about yourself and what kind of trip you're planning. Constructing comprehensive profiles that accurately reflect who you are and the type of trip you're seeking can help to attract people with similar interests and travel styles.
  • Communicate openly: When reaching out to potential partners, be clear about your expectations and preferences. Ask questions to get a better understanding of their personality and traveling habits.
  • Look for verified users: Many platforms offer verification systems that can provide an added layer of security when connecting with strangers online. Look for profiles with positive reviews or badges indicating they've been vetted by the platform's team.

Take the time to find a compatible travel companion, as this can lead to an enriching experience. Don't forget to stay open-minded - sometimes, the best travel companions are those who challenge us in new ways.

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Connecting with other travelers through Worldpackers 

As mentioned, Worldpackers is a platform that allows you to volunteer in more than 140 countries. As a volunteer , you will collaborate for a few hours a day on different local projects receiveng accommodation in return for your help.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet people on the road and find travel partners, as in most cases there are other volunteers from around the world, as well as local hosts who will make you understand more about the local culture.

The best thing about this is that fellow volunteers will have similar interests to yours, making it easier to build a relationship. For example, if you are interested in volunteering in eco villages , NGOs , non-profit schools , holistic centers , or even hostels , you will meet people who are in tune with your values. 

It will be much more natural to have a travel partner with whom you shared several stories during your volunteering and spent some time living together.

Learn more about how Worldpackers works:  How to volunteer abroad using Worldpackers  and  Traveling with Worldpackers: your top questions answered .

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Building a strong travel partnership

A successful travel partnership requires clear communication, collaboration, and compromise during the planning phase.

Also, setting expectations is crucial for a strong travel partnership. When planning to travel with someone, discuss preferences, interests, and potential challenges. These are some tips that might help you while traveling with a partner:

Open communication

The foundation of any successful partnership is honesty. Be upfront about expectations and encourage your partner to do the same. Discuss budget, accommodations, activities, and personal habits.

This helps both parties make informed decisions throughout the journey.

Collaborative planning

Involve all partners in the planning process to ensure everyone's needs are met. Share ideas and be open-minded towards suggestions.

Collaborate on deciding which destinations to visit, accommodations to book, and activities to participate in. This ensures both parties have input into the journey's details. Compromise is key - find common ground on shared interests.

Establish expectations

Be upfront about what each person wants from the trip so that everyone's needs are met.

Resolving conflicts amicably

Conflicts can arise while traveling together. Address them constructively. Listen and empathize with your partner's perspective, and find mutually beneficial solutions.

Maintaining a positive travel dynamic

A positive travel dynamic is essential for enjoying the journey. Be flexible, support each other, and celebrate shared experiences. Show appreciation, respect personal space, stay open-minded, and prioritize self-care.

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Safety considerations and precautions

Traveling with a partner can be exciting and rewarding, but safety should always be a top priority. Here are some essential steps to take when choosing a travel partner:

Conduct basic background checks

Before deciding on a travel companion, it is prudent to conduct basic background checks for any criminal records or other warning signs that may be present.

Verify that no criminal records or other warning signs are present which could potentially endanger the journey. You can use Instant Checkmate , BeenVerified , or similar services to perform these checks.

Share emergency contact information

Exchange emergency contact information with your travel partner before leaving home. This includes phone numbers for family members or friends who can help in times of need, as well as details about any medical conditions either of you may have.

Create a shared document with important details

Some essential information that should be on your shared document, includes:

  • Name and contact information for each traveler's emergency contacts.
  • A list of medications taken by each person (if applicable).
  • Allergies or dietary restrictions (if applicable).
  • Contact information for the nearest embassy/consulate in the countries you'll visit (for international trips).

Practice personal safety measures together

To ensure both travelers' safety throughout the trip, discuss personal safety measures beforehand and practice them together. Some useful tips include:

  • Always share your location with each other using a GPS tracking app like Life360.
  • Avoid walking alone at night, especially in unfamiliar areas.
  • Keep valuable items hidden and secure while traveling (e.g., use money belts or hidden pockets).
  • Stay aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts if something feels off.

Discuss any worries or difficulties that come up while travelling together to make sure your journey is enjoyable and safe. Remember to communicate openly about any concerns or issues that arise during the trip so you can address them promptly and maintain a positive travel dynamic.

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Choosing the right travel partner is crucial for a successful trip, so use online resources like Worldpackers , travel forums and s ocial media groups to find someone who shares your interests and goals.

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A lot of different factors can influence whether you enjoy your holiday or not. The weather, locals, sightseeing, safety, unforeseen events, transportation method, budget, stress, or even the pillow you will lay your head on at night. But most of all, I believe that a travel buddy can make or break your holiday. I speak from personal experiences. Regardless whether you travel as a couple, friends, occasional travel companion, as part of a guided group trip, or you decide to join a few other backpackers as part of your solo trip.

With one of my favorite travel buddies Anja

The longer you go and the more you differ, the more the differences will become evident and may lead – in worst case scenario – to irritation, frustration or worse. There are these websites and Facebook posts of people looking for travel companion. If no one in your vicinity meets your travel needs, you have to do something. Life is too short to always having to wait for others. Some calls seem so desperate that “anyone” would be fine, as long as they do not have to travel solo. Rather risky considering the fact that bad travel company can pretty much ruin your trip.

When looking for the right travel companion, what kind of characteristics and behaviors do you look for? Nobody is perfect but here are some tips and suggestions based on personal experiences during 20 years of travel.

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Now if you have serious travel goals and you are still looking for a partner or you are still in the dating phase, I would suggest to pay some extra attention here. Your boyfriend or girlfriend will likely become an important travel companion throughout your life. You may have others that you can go travel with, like friends or a relative, however their lives will develop (kids) and not many couples survive if all they share together are the household and obligations.

People may be different of course, but if you enjoy traveling and your partner has a different travel style preference than you (for example budget backpacking vs. luxury) and/or multiple unpleasant character traits, then traveling can become a setback faster than you might imagine now. Or you end up on a couch with a bunch of screaming kids, feeling miserable with every travel photo you see. Love is blind and there will always be compromises in life, but keeping your mind when choosing a life partner can make a big contribution to your future travel happiness. Good luck!

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Someone’s character highly influences whether or not someone is pleasant company; with travel, but also in relationships, at work, etc. What kind of characteristics makes someone a pleasant travel buddy is a bit subjective and personal of course, however there are a bunch of characteristics that most people do appreciate in others. So what are the main characteristics and behaviors that I appreciate in my favorite travel buddies? In voluntarily order. You may notice that communication, expectation, equivalency and respect are a reoccurring theme.

To me, laughing is like the elixir of life. No matter how many things may go wrong and how miserable things can get, if you can laugh with your travel companion, it will definitely contribute with your travel happiness. If someone has no humor at all, a very different kind of humor than you, or only makes harsh jokes on the expense of others, things can become dull up to embarrassing or obnoxious. When you notice this after a couple of days out of a three or four weeks or months trip, the journey can feel like an energy-consuming, exhausting long way. So better test this in advance before going on a longer trip together.

With travel buddy Irene in London

2. Patience

I can be a bit slow in the morning. Make-up, hair, pick clothes, day dreaming… Not a morning person at all. If your travel companion is a morning person and you are a night owl, your day rhythm will be different and require some adjustment. Morning persons who do not care about make-up or a crease in their pants, will be must faster ready for breakfast than an evening person who does. If you share an apartment, the morning person may want to start making breakfast? The slower person may want to set the alarm a bit earlier to have enough time. Find a way to make it work.

But what if you are staying in a hotel ? Isn’t it nice if your travel buddy patiently waits until you are ready for breakfast too? OK maybe not for hours but waiting for 10 minutes or so is a way of showing respect to the other. OK, but what if you are really hungry and the other person looks-like they may need at least another half an hour or so? Just joke about your growling stomach, ask your travel buddy on a friendly tone how much more time he or she needs to get ready, and potentially discuss the possibility of going to breakfast already. Saves a lot of raised eye brows I can tell ya.

With Linda in Cairo

Same with for example taking pictures during holidays. Show some patience towards a travel buddy who wants to take a photo or shoot a short video at a sight. Obviously this should not become a whole photo shoot on every single step you take. Especially if you are on a group trip, show some patience towards others. Otherwise you better travel solo, so you can do everything as you like, on your own pace. Showing some patience to another has a lot to do with showing respect, but that is just my humble opinion.

Did your mom get hospitalized recently? Your sister got a baby? Your bunny recently died? It is nice if you show some empathy to your travel companion. Simply ask how they are doing and ask about recent events in their lives. Possibly this person does not want to talk about the less fun things that have happened recently in his/her life, a holiday can help to escape and relax for a while from our daily worries. But do not fill in for another or assume; make an attempt and you will notice quickly enough, whether your questions are appreciated or not. It does not have to become a police kind of interrogation, but open your heart, be kind and show some interest in one another. Who knows, you may end up in a wonderful deep conversation about life.

With travel buddy Mirjam in Tel Aviv

Traveling with a travel buddy who is anti-social, is like a nightmare to me. Or those couples who sit at a restaurant table opposite each other and have nothing to talk about, simply stare around or at their smartphone. After a couple of weeks of traveling together, it is not strange to be silent for a while, but not all the time, right? When you are traveling around as a couple, I have noticed that sometimes you can be in your own bubble, mainly focused on each other. When you travel solo, with a social friend or a nice group, I have the experience that it is much likelier that you will end up spontaneously talking with other travelers and locals. Meeting great people often end up as some of the best travel memories.

Extrovert people usually make contact with others easily. As an introvert person you can benefit from that and enjoy the talks, you can get annoyed or tired from all the talking and social events at some point, or a possibly combination? I love traveling with my friends who work in the hospitality business. They are so easy going and social; smiling and friendly to strangers, making contact with others easily. Not in a naïve but in a fun and sincere interested kind of way. I would travel around again with those friends any day!

Social people can be a lot of fun. If you are on an island like Ibiza and you want to go out to a party, while all your travel companion wants is relax and stay in? That can be quite a setback. Also, social people like sharing things, such as a snacks, or ask you to taste their cocktail. I love social people.

It's great if your travel buddy is also your party buddy

What are considered good manners is definitely influenced by culture, upbringing, etc. It is great if both you and your travel companion respect the local culture and behaves appropriately. For example dress appropriately when visiting a religious sight, not wear a T-shirt with an offensive image and/or text, not smoke where it is not allowed, etc.

When you travel with someone, you get to know their eating habits and behaviors. What or normal and acceptable for you, is very personal. Stand up eating, elbows on the table, talking while eating, not using a fork and knife, there are a lot of table and eating manners that are cultural related. Cleaning out a table while some of the people on that table are still eating is considered rude in Western Europe, while in the US that is considered good service. And what if you are a carnivore and your travel companion only wants to go to vegan places?

Personally I can get awfully annoyed by eating noises. Champing, slurping or other forms of noisy sipping, chewing or swallowing, the repetitive sound of a fork against someone’s front teeth, etc. Having a mild form of misophonia, I can be quickly annoyed by all kinds of noise actually, repetitive sounds and movements such as wobbly legs flickering light in the corner of my eye. Especially when I am tired and/or stressed. In addition, clicking with a pen or bubble gum for example. And I am not alone in this, I know several people who have misophonia symptoms too. A travel companion who takes that into account is essential for a pleasant holiday.

And what about snoring? Dorm rooms are soooo not my thing! I would not be able to sleep at all. Or a camping neighbor who has their TV or music speaker out loud all the time for example. When someone is so generous to allow you to spend several nights at their place, wouldn’t it be social to offer some help making food, do the dishes or make up the beds?

With Tom in New Zealand

6. Together apart

In The Netherlands we have this expression: out together, home together. When traveling, that means that for example if you go out for a drink together, you also make sure that you all get back to your accommodation together. Taking care of each other, watch each other’s back, make sure the other(s) get(s) home safely. You will never forgive yourself if something happens to the other person because you wanted to stay at the club for a few more drinks. I know the stories, it happens.

However, that does not mean you have to do everything together on a trip, not as a couple either. You cannot like everything the same. Let’s say you have a different level of fitness. Quite a determining factor when traveling together. One may dream about walking the Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand , while the other thinks it is a bit too much for him/herself and prefers to go horse riding instead. Or one person wants to see some more temples in Bangkok, while the other is not interested and prefers to sleep in for once. No problem, just do something separately, as long as it is safe and in balance.

So I arranged a couple of people who wanted to join my boyfriend to do the walk, dropped them off at the starting point, went horse riding in the meantime, and picked them up when they were finished in the afternoon. We both had fun that day, on our own way, totally fine! Your travel buddy wants to go to the market with some other group members, while you want to relax a bit at the pool? Cool, just give each other some space, enjoy yourself, and meet again for dinner for example. Especially on a longer trip this is fine. When looking for travel companion, check each other’s condition and interests. If one wants to party all the time while the other has a list of museums to check, this may lead to conflict.

Travel buddy Melissa and I on our way to a party on Ibiza

7. Fair share

When it comes to money and travel, it is important that you agree in advance how things will be paid by whom. To me, 50/50 is the norm, but for example with couples where one partner makes no or a lot less money than the other, I can imagine the contributions are different. At least talk about it, to avoid unpleasant surprises. The bigger the group and the less well you know each other, the bigger the chance money-wise things may go wrong, from misinterpretation to misunderstanding to miscommunication, or worse. Money can do strange things to people and lead to undesirable, awkward situations or even break ups, I know from personal experience.

Set your fears aside quickly and talk about it when planning a trip. Who will pay for what and how? What can be paid from the joint cash pot? There are apps that can be helpful to keep track of expenses or quickly transfer money to someone else. Having a similar level of spending and budget is definitely earlier and helpful to avoid such financial crises. As a woman, it is nice if your boyfriend or husband treats you for dinner, but do you want him to do that every night? That does not sound fair to me, but hey, I am Dutch; Dutch women like to be independent. Generosity is a lovely characteristic but it’s not cool to make advantage of that. Be careful when considering a trip with someone who has a lot lower budget than you.

Sure, when you are lovers or good friends, you are not going to be difficult about every penny. It is definitely no fun to hang around on holidays with a Scrooge. If someone is not willing to pay for a pricey cocktail on a rooftop to enjoy the view, that can be a real disappointment and spoil the fun for you. That can happen on a night during a longer trip, but if every night one wants to get a salad at the supermarket to save money, while the other prefers steak or a fancy restaurant, this can become a real deal breaker.

Try to spend a similar amount of money during the trip, for example by getting the same amount of cash from the ATM every time for a joint cash pot. One evening you pay dinner, another evening the other pays for dinner. But what if the bills were very different on several nights, would you calculate back who paid how much in total at the end of the trip? One time this has made a huge dent in a friendship, as I paid thousands of euro more than my friend and she lied about paying back. The dark side of a memorable holiday you do not get to see on the pictures.

Cliche tourist photo with my travel buddies Anja and Mirjam in London

8. Complimentary

Everyone brightens up with a nice compliment. For some people this seems to be very difficult, to give or receive a compliment, but this is something everyone should have on their to-do list every day. I believe real friends give each other sincere compliments. Wouldn’t it be nice if your travel companion would compliment you, if you made an effort to get yourself a nice new dress for this trip, or bought new sunglasses? Or if your hair is looks lovely that day? It can be small things, obviously it does not have to be anything in appearance or materialistic.

For instance saying thank you after he/she made a nice photo of you. Or when you picked a nice restaurant. Or to the restaurant itself. Traveling with a jealous whiner who can only nag about everything is no fun at all. Thankful people who frequently make sincere compliments to others are better companion. Positives vibes!

With travel buddy Denise at a vineyard on Cyprus

If friends do not live close to each other, they have to make an effort to see each other. This should come from both sides. The same counts for travel buddies. Both should make an effort to keep the trip fun. Naturally there is usually one person who is the planner and the other(s) is/are more like a follower. That’s fine because two captains on one ship usually does not work. Be thankful for the efforts the planner/organizer makes. Planning and organizing a trip can be a very time consuming task. Try to take some initiative yourself as well, such as finding a nice place to eat that evening on Tripadvisor or Google.

I love going on trips with a travel buddy who is into photography. Or at least someone who (does not mind) to make an effort of taking a nice photo of you. If your travel buddy hates taking photos, or determines one careless shot should be enough, this can become an issue. Sure, you should not make a photoshoot out of every spot; that would be ridiculous. But I love my friends and I want them to look good on a photo, so I make an effort to get a favorable shot, want to see them happy. Nice pictures are a memorable, free souvenir.

Also towards people on a group trip; after a few days they usually know who to ask to take their photo. I remember one of my friends said to me on Bali: “It is such a relief to finally travel with someone who does not get annoyed when I want to stop somewhere and take some time to shoot a short video”. Obviously, when both of you do not care about photography, fine, hopefully you share other common interests. That’s always good for bonding.

With travel buddy Diny on Bali Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

10. Adaptability

Slightly touched already under Patience and Humor for example, but find this one so important that I wanted to mention it separately. When people travel together, you have to get used to each other and adapt. From eating habits to travel pace. When you do not know someone well and you consider him/her as travel companion, sort out what this person’s day rhythm looks-like. Is he/she a morning or an evening person? Does he/she mind crowds or rather get up early to avoid crowds? Try to gather some examples on how this person handles situations in which something goes differently than initially planned? In other words: how flexible is this person and is he/she willing to adapt?

Nothing worse than traveling with an ego-centric selfish person who has a “my way or the high way” kind of attitude. The more easy going someone is, usually the better it is, preferably adding some humor to release some tension when needed. If both of you are determined to see everything everywhere, no problem, go ahead. But if the other does not, you will have to compromise and adapt your plans a little bit so it stays fun for both. Making drama or a battlefield out of everything will be exhausting. That is not what a holiday is supposed to feel like, right? Try to lower your expectations, seek common decisions and please go with the flow once and awhile.

With travel buddy Marjolein on Santorini

Do you have any characteristics or behaviors desirable for travel companion to add? Please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this article.

Undesirable

Contrary, there are characteristics and behaviors that are not desirable with travel companion. Throughout the above, I mentioned a few already, but just to give you some examples of what characteristics and behaviors to avoid like the plague: ego-centrism, anti-social, arrogance, inflexibility, disrespectful and mean. Sure, what one finds annoying or unacceptable may be fine to someone else. Nobody is perfect, including myself. But as long as you treat others the way you would like to be treated yourself, at least you make an effort to make it work and keep it fun for both.

The dilemma

Should you have the desire to travel yet no-one you know can or wants to join? Ask around with friends and family members whether they know someone else looking for a travel buddy? Alternatively, you could go solo (which I can highly recommend) or join a guided group trip (which I can also recommend, especially for ’trickier countries’). Some thoughts:

  • When you travel solo and stay in hostels and/or join group tours, it is very common to meet new people along the way and ending up spending days or weeks with them.
  • Join day tours booked via for example Viator or GetYourGuide . I met lovely people that way.
  • Look online for people who are in the same location as you (locals or fellow travelers) to spend a day or so with. Thing about country specific Facebook groups for example, or websites like Localites or Meetup.com that connect solo travelers and locals. Go to a local’s home for dinner via EatWith . Check apps like PartyWith and TravelStoke to find same minded travelers wherever you are. Or for the real adventurers among us: Couchsurfing .
  • Guided group round trips can be really nice I discovered in Egypt some years ago. Such group tours can be in your own local language (see my Partners page for several options) or international, like Intrepid and G Adventures . Most groups are pretty generic (like any age, all genders, wide area of interests, individuals and couples, etc.), some more specific (focus interest like photography or hiking, singles, female only, etc.).

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Search online for travel buddy

If you have decided that a guided group trip or solo travel is not what you want, then you could try and search online for travel companion. There are websites, apps, forums, Facebook groups, etc. that can be helpful to find a travel buddy.

  • Some good examples of international websites and apps that help English speaking people in their search for a travel buddy are: Workaway , TravelSisters , Ga f fl , TripTogether , TripGiraffe , Travello and TourBar . Especially when you are older, you may be interested in looking into Women Welcome Women World Wide (5W) . For Dutch travelers there is Reisgenoot Zoeken . To combine travel and dating, check out Miss Travel .
  • Online forums such as Lonely Planet , Travellers Point , Gap Year or TravelGirls (Dutch).
  • Facebook groups such as The Solo Female Traveler Network (private), Adventure and Travel Mates (public) and specific travel buddy seeking groups in your own language, in case English is your your native language.

With travel buddies Saskia and Hanka in Prague

Safety first

Just be careful online. Do not share too many details about yourself online, especially not on public pages. This may create the risk of attracting people with bad intentions, like traffickers. Be aware of the phenomenon called cat fishing, when someone who pretends to be someone online they are not in real-life. Always meet up in a public place first, make sure your family or best friend knows where you are going and who you are going to meet (name, phone number). Be cautious with organizations that promise things that sound good to be true or ask money for volunteer work.

Do not rush into a decision. Listen to your gut feeling and inner voice. Your first impression is often your intuition telling you something. When it does not feel good, walk away, do not be desperate. Safety first. Tell people at home where you are and who you are going to hang out with. I would never promote hitch-hiking as it involves too many risks. Couchsurfing is something that budget travelers may want to try, but as a solo female traveler be extra careful, for instance never stay in a house where are only men, who you never met before. This is asking for trouble .

With travel buddy Melissa in Havana, Cuba

Question potential travel buddy

When talking face-to-face to anyone who potentially could become your travel buddy, don’t jump on cloud no. 9 out of enthusiasm immediately. This is like dating but then for travel companionship instead of love. Make a serious attempt to find out what this person is really like and how he/she will behave during a trip abroad. What are their travel dreams, wishes and expectations? Ask about their previous trips, how did they go? Some examples of questions you may want to consider discussing with your potential travel buddy:

  • Are you a hostel or hotel kind of person? Low budget or luxury lover?
  • Which countries are in your top 5 as future travel destinations?
  • What is your budget? Did you already save the amount or plan to use your credit card?
  • What annoys you about people on holiday? What are your eating habits?
  • Can you give me an example of a situation in which you dealt with a setback?
  • Do you prefer to travel with a suitcase or backpack? Method of transportation?
  • Could you describe your perfect day on holiday? Morning or evening person?
  • What are the top 5 of places you want to see and things you want to do in country x?
  • Do you prefer to plan everything in advance or to wing it? Planner or follower?
  • How do you stay fit? Do you have any active hobbies or do you prefer to relax mostly?

Be open and honest. Not too critical yet realistic. Alarm bells should ring for instance if a potential travel buddy does not have realistic ideas (f.e. wants to stay at 4 or 5 star hotels while he/she is still a student), tells a lot of negative stories about other people such as previous travel buddies, wants to keep things secret, things like that. Try to go on a short, regional trip together first (trial), before planning trips together longer than a week or so abroad.

UPDATE: looking at the world right now, I’d definitely also suggest to ask your potential travel buddy about their opinion on Trump, COVID-19 , vaccination, conspiracy theories, etc. These tear families and friends apart, better check in advance.

Get together with travel buddy Marjolein in her home town Sydney

Found a travel buddy?

There are several things you will need to agree upon before booking a trip with your travel buddy and actually going. Even if you are friends for years. Talk and share information in advance about for example:

  • Make clear, detailed agreements about money : budget, who pays what, joint cash pot, etc.
  • Agree where and when to go, how/when things will be planned, accommodation, etc.
  • Make sure you have each other’s health and travel insurance details (name company, 24/7 phone number, policy or customer number) and emergency person’s name and phone number in case something happens.
  • Visit each other at home and ideally get introduced to each other’s partner, family, etc. first. Update your family and/or partner on your travel plans and share your travel buddy’s details with them.

Yet most of all: have fun! I sincerely hope you will have a wonderful trip, however you decide to travel. Just don’t get your hopes up too high. Realistically speaking, you may have a difference of insights or want something different at some point. No matter how hard you try, one way or another, you will encounter issues or differences along the way. People are never 100% the same (but they can be complimentary to each other).

If your travel buddy is not like what you expected in advance, don’t get depressed. Try to make the best out of it. Talk to each other and see if it can be solved in an adult way. Always stay respectful. Do not let somebody walk all over you. Decide for yourself if it is worth a fight if that’s your sad conclusion on the last day of your trip. Conclude for yourself that he/she is a ‘once but never again’, lesson learned, move on and cherish the good memories. Consider splitting up if there is still a long way to go. It’s not the end of the world. I went on a solo trip to Japan and had a great time.

Went on a solo trip to Japan for 2 weeks and I had a great time

To conclude

The perfect travel buddy does not exist. However, a proper search and having some basic standards in mind can definitely influence your chance for success. Know yourself, what is important to you? Don’t be too critical yet honest and realistic. There will always be a point where two travelers turn out to be different. And for that reason, before you travel with that person, it is worth reviewing some of the points and questions listed in this article and reach agreement. To avoid unnecessary miscommunication and frustration along the way. Happy travels!

Did you ever travel abroad with someone that turned out to be bad travel companion? Who is your favorite travel buddy? Please feel free to share your personal tips and experiences below.

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a person who is frequently in the company of, associates with, or accompanies another: my son and his two companions.

a person employed to accompany, assist, or live with another in the capacity of a helpful friend.

a mate or match for something: White wine is the usual companion of fish.

a handbook or guide: a bird watcher's companion.

a member of the lowest rank in an order of knighthood or of a grade in an order.

Also called companion star , comes . Astronomy . the fainter of the two stars that constitute a double star. : Compare primary (def. 19b) .

Obsolete . a fellow.

to be a companion to; accompany .

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a covering over the top of a companionway .

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The strategy is to establish itself as the default companion app for CGMs, but to do so it will need to gain access to CGM-generated data.

For the past couple of months, our pets have become our coworkers, confidants, and constant companions.

When my companions and I passed an enticing swimming hole in the high desert of northeastern Nevada, I slipped into bikini bottoms in the parking lot and back out of them again afterward.

Players can work with online friends, as well as virtual running companions, toward shared goals—running a combined distance of 10 miles, for example, or collecting imaginary potions from different locations.

Yet, the two brothers are each other’s most frequent opera and wine-tasting companion .

But she soldiered on to the end, a loving and faithful companion in victory and defeat.

We continuously pause to pull them out while Zalwar Khan and his companion smirk at us and chew unbothered.

He meets his current companion , Sandra Lee, at a party in the Hamptons.

She claims to be bowled over by a genuine attraction to another older companion .

The device is plugged into the wall and the companion smartphone app instructs the device when to start recording.

The bear laughed and joined his companion , and the torpedo thundered away.

She took the fan from Madame Ratignolle and began to fan both herself and her companion .

A friend and companion meeting together in season, but above them both is a wife with her husband.

I was thinking of any thing but the Virgin, or the window, or the light; I was thinking of my companion —so fair, and so devout.

There is a companion who condoleth with his friend for his belly's sake, and he will take up a shield against the enemy.

British Dictionary definitions for companion (1 of 2)

/ ( kəmˈpænjən ) /

a person who is an associate of another or others; comrade

(esp formerly) an employee, usually a woman, who provides company for an employer, esp an elderly woman

one of a pair; match

( as modifier ) : a companion volume

a guidebook or handbook

a member of the lowest rank of any of certain orders of knighthood

astronomy the fainter of the two components of a double star

(tr) to accompany or be a companion to

Derived forms of companion

  • companionless , adjective

British Dictionary definitions for companion (2 of 2)

a raised frame on an upper deck with windows to give light to the deck below

( as modifier ) : a companion ladder

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What’s a Senior Traveling Companion? Pros, Cons & How to Find One

Updated 08/28/2023

Amanda Lambert, MS, CMC, ALCP

Amanda Lambert, MS, CMC, ALCP

Certified Care Manager, Aging Life Care Professional, and National Master Guardian Emeritus

Learn how senior traveling companions can provide assistance during foreign and domestic trips with information on costs, pros and cons, and more.

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People start thinking about their retirement bucket list and how to travel with companionship as they retire. The wrinkle in travel for seniors came when COVID-19 forced many older adults to re-think or cancel their plans. Even now, COVID and vaccination requirements can complicate the most well-laid plans. Older adults are the most vaccinated group in the US and feel more confident about traveling now.

Jump ahead to these sections:

What is a senior traveling companion, and what do they do, how much does a senior traveling companion cost, pros and cons of senior traveling companions, how to find a senior traveling companion for you or a loved one.

The senior travel industry is rebounding. Travel agencies that cater to older adults reported significant increases in bookings in 2021. As eager as older adults are to take to the roads and airways, safety, access to medical care if needed, and companionship are top of mind. People are living longer, and as the average age of a senior traveler increases, so does the desire for protection and guidance. Many seniors refuse to let their physical conditions prevent them from traveling. 

Senior traveling companion services are an excellent option for single or partnered older adults who want the security of another person or group to accompany them. In cases where someone requires hands-on assistance, a companion is a necessity. You may not have considered this option before, but after learning more about a senior traveling companion, you might decide this service is just the ticket to the grand vacation you have been dreaming of.

A senior traveling companion is someone who can be younger and accompany a senior on a trip as a professional planner, tour guide, or caregiver. Or a senior traveling companion is another older adult or group of adults who travel to the same destination together.  Each category of companion will have different tasks and motivations.

Travel buddy or companion

A travel buddy is paired with you for similar interests and destinations. A travel buddy or companion service will:

  • Allow you to pair with a preferred travel companion. Some services are similar to dating sites where you can designate gender, duration, location of trips, etc.
  • You can contact the people you think are compatible to discuss and decide whether to travel together.
  • A travel buddy service is for singles, couples, and groups.
  • Using a travel companion service is not necessary. You can use word of mouth, the local senior center, or a social media shout-out for a buddy to travel with.

Travel planner

Plenty of senior travel planners will plan your trip and find others to join. A travel planning service will be more expensive since they handle all travel details. A senior travel planner will:

  • Offer a wide selection of cultural and adventure trips to suit any physical level. Many of these trips will be local and others international with varying lengths and expenses.
  • A travel planner will plan every detail, from flight itineraries, hotels, rental car arrangements, daytime activities, and the number of people on the trip.
  • Some travel planners will not only plan your trip but find a suitable companion for the one you want to take.
  • Travel planners will investigate all vaccination requirements and ensure you comply with local health laws.

Senior travel clubs

Senior travel clubs are groups of seniors who pay membership fees to the club and get vacation packages at bulk rates. Travel clubs specialize in everything from active adventures to academic and cultural trips. Of note are reports of scam travel clubs, so vet any travel club carefully to ensure they are legitimate.

Medical and transit companion

Many older travelers have medical problems, cognitive impairment, or mobility issues. In these cases, a senior can hire someone to travel with them to assist with the trip and care needs. Assistance can consist of:

  • Managing medications
  • Helping with bathing and dressing
  • Checking vital signs
  • Find health services at your destination.
  • Handling any durable medical equipment needs

The cost of a senior traveling companion depends entirely on the type of service you want and need. If you simply want to book through a tour agency that caters to seniors, you will pay your portion of the trip, and the other travelers will pay theirs. Most travel group plans offer a discount if you share a room. If you are going through a service to find traveling companions, there will be a membership fee to find compatible travel buddies.

For seniors who want to hire someone to accompany them on their travels, the cost will depend on the tasks required. ZipRecruiter esports that the average hourly pay for a travel companion in 2022 was $27.89 an hour. This hourly cost can be significantly higher if more assistance is needed, especially if a nurse accompanies you on a trip. You will also likely need to pay for all their trip costs, including airfare, meals, other transport, and tourist entrance fees.

Senior traveling companions can be a terrific option, but you will want to consider some additional details before taking the plunge. Let’s review some of the pros and cons of a traveling companion.

Pros of a senior traveling companion

  • The primary reason people choose a traveling companion through an agency is the convenience of paying someone else to do all the planning, which puts less stress on you. A senior traveling companion program can handle as many or as few travel details as you want.
  • The opportunity to meet new people and form friendships
  • Another benefit of a senior traveling companion is the safety and security of having a companion with you at all times.  Also, an itinerary tailored to your comfort level where there are few surprises can provide a sense of security to many travelers. 
  • The assurance that someone will take care of your care needs. 
  • A senior traveling companion allows you to explore destinations and things to do in retirement that you may not have considered before.

Cons of a senior traveling companion

A traveling companion is not for everyone, and it may not be possible even for those who prefer a companion. You may not find anyone you feel comfortable with, or the cost is too high. 

  • The cost of a senior traveling companion can be prohibitive, especially if you need and want a companion to take care of your medical needs. Even in programs where everyone pays their costs, the pricing will be higher than if you planned the trip yourself. The do-it-yourself programs where you pay a fee to find a compatible traveling companion and do all the planning yourself are probably the most affordable.
  • The appeal of having everything organized for you is the very aspect of a traveling companion that some people don’t like. There could be a lack of travel flexibility. Many travelers prefer the unpredictability and spontaneous nature of unorganized travel. Finding themselves on a trip where they wish to change the itinerary is a downside for those folks.
  • The whole idea of a senior traveling companion is to have company on a trip and have someone to share the experience. But there is always the possibility of incompatibility, and you won’t find out until you are on your way. Sharing a room with a senior traveling companion is usually less expensive, but you give up privacy.
  • There is the possibility that you book an active travel trip that turns out to be too challenging. When you are with a group, you don’t have the option of scaling back the activity level.

Finding a senior traveling companion for you or your loved one could be lengthy, depending on what you are looking for. You may be surprised by all of the group travel options for seniors. If you or a loved one is looking for a companion that will provide more personal care as a senior travel companion, you will need to vet the company and the companion. Consider these questions:

  • What experience does the companion have, and on what types of trips? 
  • Can you provide references for the specific companion that will come on the trip?
  • What are your safety protocols?
  • Are your companions CPR and first aid certified?
  • What insurance options are there through your company, and what does it cover?
  • How do you communicate with other family members during the trip?

If you are looking for travel companies, reviewing choices online might be best. One feature to consider is if you are looking for an “active” vacation which could entail hiking, biking, and walking. Most legitimate companies will have a guide to the activity level for each trip so you don’t overextend your physical capabilities.  

Perhaps a river cruise or more extensive cruise is more up your alley. Or your interests may be more cultural or academic. Try and narrow your interests so you don’t waste time investigating companies that don’t offer what you want.

Other ideas for finding people locally to accompany you and others on trips are Meetup , senior centers, and Facebook. The other possibility is to reach out to friends who might have an interest in traveling together. If you find one or more people willing to travel and can agree on a place, a travel agent can make as many arrangements as you want.

A Senior Traveling Companion

A senior traveling companion can be a great way to access travel and adventure safely.  The key to a successful experience is to be open to a new travel companion while choosing your trip wisely. Accept that no trip or companion is perfect but that the journey will likely be one you will remember.  

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As you head out on your adventures across the Palpagos Islands, the in-game map will gradually unfog and reveal itself - but the only things marked are the fast-travel waypoints and Alpha Pal spawn locations you’ve come across.

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Whether you’re scouting out dungeon locations, looking for egg spawns, or you’re simply curious about what else is out there, IGN's Palworld Interactive Map allows you to locate and track every collectible, NPC, item spawn, and more. You can filter the map by the following categories:

  • Collectibles, to help you find Memo pages and Lifmunk Effigies.
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  1. Traveling companion Definition & Meaning

    noun : a person who goes with someone who is traveling somewhere Examples of traveling companion in a Sentence Recent Examples on the Web She was reportedly fined $1,000, and her traveling companion was also arrested, but TMZ says there is no conviction on her record.

  2. What is a Travel Companion?

    A travel companion is someone who either travels with you or meets you at your destination, to share in the experience together. It's certainly more fun to sight-see or have romantic dinner dates with a travel buddy than to travel or dine alone! Travel companions are simply just that - people traveling together.

  3. How Does Travel Insurance Cover Your Travel Companion?

    Allianz Global Assistance defines a travel companion as "a person traveling with you whose name appears with yours on the same trip arrangement and who will accompany you on your trip." (A group or tour leader doesn't count, unless you're sharing a room.) When something happens that involves a travel companion, what can travel insurance cover?

  4. Who is considered a traveling companion by travel insurance?

    Generally, a traveling companion means a person who is sharing travel arrangements with you. You should note that a group or tour leader is usually not considered a Traveling Companion unless you are sharing room accommodations with them. Always refer to your travel insurance certificate for full details and their definition.

  5. TRAVELLING COMPANION definition and meaning

    (kəmpænjən ) countable noun A companion is someone who you spend time with or who you are travelling with. [...] See full entry for 'companion' Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers Definition of 'travel' travel (trævəl ) verb

  6. Who is Defined As Your Family Member or Traveling Companion?

    A common Traveling Companion definition is "a person or persons whose name (s) appear (s) with Yours on the same Travel Arrangements and who, during Your Trip, will accompany You."

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    Trying local delicacies is a big part of every culture, and new experiences that get you out of your comfort zone are what great memories are made of. Find a travel companion that isn't afraid to try something new, even if it's just once! 6. Make sure their energy level vibes with yours.

  8. TRAVELLING COMPANION definition in American English

    Definition of 'travel' travel (trævəl ) verb If you travel, you go from one place to another, often to a place that is far away. [...] travelling uncountable noun See full entry for 'travel' Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers travelling companion close companion companion planting constant companion

  9. How to Find a Travel Companion: Safe Options and Some to Avoid

    1. Get a warm introduction from a friend. One of the best ways to find a travel companion is through a friend or family member. Being concerned for your safety, they will only suggest that you travel with people they trust.

  10. How to find the perfect Travel Partners: Tips & Tricks

    1. Define your travel goals To begin with, discuss what you want to achieve during your trip. Are you looking for adventure or relaxation? Do you prefer cultural experiences or exploring nature? By understanding each other's goals, you can create an itinerary that caters to both of your interests. 2. Determine your budgets

  11. What Is a Travel Companion and How to Become One

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    2. Patience. I can be a bit slow in the morning. Make-up, hair, pick clothes, day dreaming…. Not a morning person at all. If your travel companion is a morning person and you are a night owl, your day rhythm will be different and require some adjustment.

  13. What Are the Different Types of Traveling Companion Jobs?

    A travel companion is an individual who accompanies travelers throughout their trip for various reasons. Generally, the traveler they're supporting requires supervision, health care, companionship or a driving partner to assist them throughout their journey.

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  18. COMPANION Definition & Usage Examples

    Companion definition: a person who is frequently in the company of, associates with, or accompanies another. See examples of COMPANION used in a sentence.

  19. What Are Travel Companion Insurance Benefits?

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  20. What's a Senior Traveling Companion? Pros, Cons & How to Find One

    A senior traveling companion is someone who can be younger and accompany a senior on a trip as a professional planner, tour guide, or caregiver. Or a senior traveling companion is another older adult or group of adults who travel to the same destination together. Each category of companion will have different tasks and motivations.

  21. Travelling Companion Definition: 251 Samples

    Travelling Companion means someone who shares trip arrangements and accommodations with You. Exceptions: No more than three (3) individuals (including You) will be considered travel companions on any one trip.

  22. TRAVEL COMPANION in Thesaurus: 25 Synonyms & Antonyms for TRAVEL COMPANION

    TRAVEL COMPANION in Thesaurus: 25 Synonyms & Antonyms for TRAVEL COMPANION Parts of speech Synonyms Similar meaning fellow traveler sympathetic person companion fellow traveller companion on the road comrade fellow passenger sidekick supporter travelling companion hiking boot partner in travel traveling companion escort for walks hiking shoe

  23. Travel Companion Definition: 203 Samples

    Travel Companion means a person whom, before the journey began arranged to accompany you for at least 50% of the time of your journey. Sample 1 Sample 2 Sample 3 Based on 14 documents Travel Companion means a person traveling with the Insured who shares the Insured's accommodations. Sample 1 Sample 2 Sample 3 Based on 12 documents

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