Some of you have asked about my travels, and how Mr. Mike and I have been able to travel the world without any problems, like personality issues. One thing, beside compatibility would be that we are/were both experienced business travelers. But there is more to it than just that. See below:
A new survey from Curio Collection by Hilton found that curiosity is the most desired trait that travelers look for in their companions.
Sixty-four percent of survey respondents described the perfect travel companion as someone who is curious. In addition, 65 percent consider a spouse or significant other as the best travel partner for new experiences, while 25 percent would prefer to travel alone.
Respondents to the study also shared how curiosity motivates the way they travel. About 91 percent of respondents described themselves as curious, and 60 percent of people said they believe they are more curious than the average person. At the same time, 53 percent said they want to be more open to new experiences. Curiouser and curiouser.
The study also measured how many travelers prioritize exploration on their trips, with 55 percent of respondents saying they primarily want to explore, rather than relax, on vacation.
Fifty-seven percent of travelers wish they could spend more time exploring the things that pique their curiosity, including “visiting ancient ruins, eating dinner at a well-regarded restaurant, or experiencing a safari.”
So, do you fit the ideal travel companion profile? Well, it is obvious that my travel buddy, Mr. Mike fits this description. In the days when Sheri traveled, she pretty much let me lead the way. But now?
I am inclined to go by myself, without set plans, just a basic itinerary, flights to and from the general area, and maybe a hotel on the front and back end. And maybe one or two big events, like a concert, a famous restaurant, and some local transportation options, like a Eurail pass or Japan’s Shinkansen (bullet train).
Before getting to this point, I did have some rather challenging travel companions. One, a great guy, but too focused on classical music, and big meals, on my very first trip overseas. Another, wealthy but a pain in the ass penny pincher. And yet another, wanted me to take care of everything, never helped with anything (female?). Where might you fit in?
The point abut relaxing is well taken. We don’t fill up the day with activities, for a couple reasons. One, mainly to leave time for some spontaneous activities. And two, find some relaxing, non-tourist activity, like the gym, read by the pool, massage, or nap.
Some other good traits: expect the unexpected (my mantra), a Buddha-like acceptance of setbacks, refuse fast food joints, carry your own weight (bags and expenses), don’t be cheap, be willing to go it alone sometimes, and live like you may never come back (from Mr. Mike).
Whatever your expectations, keep them under control. Pick and choose your spots to go crazy or spend some $$. But above all, stay curious about the world!