Travel Companion

If I could, I would spend my days traveling about. A lot of people opt to save up and splurge on one luxurious vacation once a year (or every other year). I, on the other hand, like to travel on budget so I can take several trips a year. From talking to my coworkers and friends, I know that my travel style is very different from theirs and would not be compatible travel companions at all. So what is my personal travel style? Here is what I am looking for in a travel companion and luckily, Luke happens to be an almost-perfect match. :)

Compatible Travel Traits

- Strong desire to eat where/what the locals eat (including street food, yummo!)
- Moderate budgets (I like to save where I can and splurge when it's worth it)
- Low budgets (But I am also okay with shoe-string budgets)
- Interest in exploring random stores (I have a thing for checking out the local grocery stores. I love looking at food. Just ask Luke.)
- Willingness to wake up early or stay out late for special events (sunrise and sunset)
- Tolerance for lots of walking (Walking is the best way to explore new places, you never know what you will discover)
- Tolerance for messiness (I like dirty, noisy places)
- Understand my desire for jam-packed itineraries (I will relax when I get home)
- Understand that I take pictures of everything and not get embarrassed about it

Incompatible Travel Traits

- Wanting to take it easy (e.g. relax by the hotel pool every single day)
- Too opinionated (but prefer someone who knows what he/she wants to do too)
- Discomfort with dirty, smelly, crowded, or noisy places (I looooove Chinatown!)
- Dislike public transportation (I actually like using the local subway system at new cities!)
- Ultra-high budget (e.g. luxury accommodations, fine dining every meal)
- Ultra-low budget (I don’t want to eat at McDonald’s to save money. When I am at a brand new place, I want to try local cuisine.)
- Prefers convenience over customization (I stay away from all-inclusive resort type places. Cruises, in my opinion, are ideal because it’s a combination of both.)
- Interest in backpacking (Although I am not high-maintenance, I don’t think I am ready for backpacks and hostels just yet!)
- Interest in shopping for things one can easily buy back home (unless it's a local open-air market, I am not interested)
- Interest in intense physical activites and adventures (I can leisurely hike for an hour or 2, but that's all I can handle.)
- Too much energy! (At the end of the day, I want to relax too.)

Just for fun. Here is a picture of me, taken by Luke from a bench, taking a picture of The Waving Girl Statue in Savannah.

And here is my travel companion, picture taken by me, relaxing on the bench. It was a hot day. Also, notice that we each have of our own camera? We stopped taking 2 cameras on trips shortly after because we were taking way too many duplicate photos!

Would we be compatible travel companions? Who do you like to travel with?


  1. What's this ALMOST crap? We aren't compatible travel mates at all! =D I'm content with just being someplace. I don't need to actually go out and visit all the spots pointed out by a Lonely Planet book. When on holiday, I relax, Joyce wants to do stuff. But somehow, we always manage to have a great time no matter what or where or when.


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