When it comes to travel, solo travel is not for us all. It can be stressful, lonely and it means doing all of the planning and decision making on your own. For this reason, many of us look for a friend or even online for a travel mate, to enjoy our experiences.
Travel can be stressful at times, and being in close proximity to a travel mate, for many hours a day, generally outside of your comfort zone of being at home, can bring out the best, but often the worst.
It is with this in mind, we write of 4 personality traits to avoid in a travel mate. Trust us, no travel mate is better than a bad one and if you're feeling a bit iffy about it before you leave, well, you might just be on to something.
I thought to myself a few years back as I embarked on a 2 year adventure abroad. I was going to take every moment to travel. I wouldn't get tired, I wouldn't mind delays, it'd be all good.
Cue 6 months into the 2 years where I'd begun to catch every new bug the kids at school could give me, weekends were never down time and my holidays were mapped out well in advance with flights all over Europe, whether I was well enough to travel or not.
I stumbled on, some destinations with far less pictures of me in them than others, and managed to visit 19 countries in 2 years. Some destinations I was energised and excited. Others I stumbled around new cities, dying to have a nap. I waited in airports for delayed flights until 2 in the morning and somewhat forgot the art of how to relax.
Did it stop me? Well, on the rare occasion my husband put his foot down and told me I was too unwell to go anywhere, no, not really. Did it cause me to have a mega case of being travel weary? You betcha.
Now that my travel schedule is not quite so full on, I can see how my weariness began and developed. Read on to spot some of the signs that you might be a little travel weary.
When it comes to weekending, travelling carry on only is the only way. Instead of spending money on unnecessary checked in luggage, loosing time at bag drop and then at the baggage carousel, travelling carry on only will have you through the airport and on your way, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy your weekend exploration.
When it comes to a weekend city break, you want to be able to have options to cater for a variety of weather conditions, be comfortable whilst exploring new places and then get a little dressed up for a night on the town. Most importantly, you need to be able to fit all of these options in your case and stay within any airline imposed weight and size restrictions.
With a bit of careful planning, and capsule wardrobe thinking, we'll have you looking good and well packed for your weekend city break.
Whilst I don't suggest that you teach to travel (unless perhaps its teaching English or the like), if you have a passion for teaching and a passion for travelling, then they certainly go hand in hand. With anywhere up to 15 weeks leave a year, it allows plenty of time to travel and explore. This is particularly useful if you are on an overseas working holiday and travel is a priority for you.
Now don't get me wrong, you may not want to travel every holiday. Teaching, especially full time in a school, is like jamming a whole year of work into 4 short terms and come holiday time, the couch is quite often more enticing then negotiating an airport and exploring a new place.
If you're not married to a teacher, it can also get a little tricky. Most mere mortals only have 4 to 5 weeks leave a year, which leaves a rather big disparity. This is the case for my husband and I and here are three ways we work around it.