For you who hang out on a travelling forum much, it seems like the announcement like this is quite familiar:

“Wanted. A travel partner to go to [fill with your favorite destination] on the date [fill with your desired date]”.

Such kind of announcement might have made some traveler raised their eyebrow, even though there would be lots of them who would consider it as a normal thing. Well, admit it, not everybody likes travelling with the people they don’t know, for some reasons.

One of the reason is because they are worrying that they will not get along well with their travel partner, which will just mess up their tourism agenda. Such anxiety is pretty logical as there were travelers who got “unique experience” when travelling with real new people. Here are some unique experiences by travellers with their travel partners that can be found on the internet. Have you ever experienced any of these?

Illustration of travelling with a travel partner/companion, via grimm-reisen
Illustration of travelling with a travel partner/companion, via grimm-reisen

1. Getting A Travel Partner Who is Super Frugal and Super Penurious

A traveler, who calls himself as a hardcore budget traveler, said that he has ever travelled with someone who was far more penurious than him.

This partner constantly “forgot” to pay the food he ordered, can stand a very long time sitting on a restaurant with only one bottle of mineral water (while other friends are eating), unashamed to take the breakfast menu from the hotel as a ransom for his whole day, and casually take a bite of food from other partners by saying that he just wants to “taste it”.

He always looks for a free tourism object, and refuse to take a ride on any vehicle if the distance to the object is no more than 10 kilometers! Seriously, it is such a travel partner that would make us facepalm ourselves!

Moral of the story:

Choosing travelling partner is mandatory if you don’t wanna get such a “miraculous” partner. The guides to choose travelling partner has ever been shared on the thread.

Illustration of facepalm, via gooverseas
Illustration of facepalm, via gooverseas

2. The Chosen Travel Partner Turns Out to be A Con Artist

This might be one of the most traumatic travelling partner. When we search a pair for travelling, one of the reason is to find a friend to share the costs. But what if the “partner” barely ever paid anything even if he had already enjoyed all those facilities, and the worse thing is, he runs away without paying his share.

A traveler has ever shared his experience in a forum, and it is then concluded that such thing happened because there was no agreement at the beginning regarding the cost to spend and also because they didn’t collect the money it in advance.

Moral of the story:

Make a detail of every estimated budget that is required for a trip with travel partner. If possible, collect all the money for shared neccessities (such as car rental) in advance.

Illustration of feeling disappointed when travelling, via squaremouth
Illustration of feeling disappointed when travelling, via squaremouth

3. Getting Tricked by Travel Partner

This experience is shared by a solo traveler, let’s call him A, when travelling to a place in Europe. When he was on a station, he was approached by other traveler. After chatting for a while, they decided to travel together. Unfortunately, that new partner turned out to have bad intention. He mixed A’s drink with anesthetic drug, and took all the valuable things belonged to A. Wow, i hope it will never happen to other travelers!

Moral of the story:

Travelling with a new partner requires trust, but don’t let your guards down.

Illustration of drink with drug, via thouthcatalog
Illustration of drink with drug, via thouthcatalog

4. Travel Partner With No Open Mind

The risk of travelling with the person we totally don’t know is the chance that we might meet someone new with magical character. A traveller has ever shared his experince when travelling with a new partner to a country where English was not its first language.

And guess what, the partner were constantly complaining about the culture difference they were facing. And the worse thing is, he ever attacked someone who didn’t understand what he was saying and then he blamed the person for not understanding English!

Moral of the story:

Once again, selecting your travel partner is mandatory.

Tourists take camel rides on a desert, such an experience that people will not possibly get if they are not being open minded, via kenyabuzz
Tourists take camel rides on a desert, such an experience that people will not possibly get if they are not being open minded, via kenyabuzz

5. How Complicated It Is to Travel with A Traveler Who is Nerdy, Tacky, and the Worse of All, Melancholy

A traveler has ever shared her experience when travelling with a new partner (a girl). That partner seemed like she never goes out much and seemed to know nothing about travelling. The worse thing is, she was always melancholy and kept bringing her house problem to their tourism agenda. Unavoidably, the traveler had to act as personal consultant during their travelling moment and kept being a good listener to every stories she shared!

Illustration of sadness, via neclintit
Illustration of sadness, via neclintit

6. Hygiene Freak and Complicated

Another experience from a traveler to prove that sorting a travelling partner is important. A woman traveler has shared her story when staying in a hotel with new partner. Out of expectation, the partner turned out to be super hygienic. When she accidentally used the partner’s towel, things got fussy as the partner got mad suddenly and complained about hygiene.

Still with the story of the same partner, it turned out the partner has a unique habit. She wasn’t just a hygiene freak, but also a nocturnal type which means she sleeps very late at night (past midnight). The result it, her resting time got disturbed as the partner kept doing activities even after midnight. She was also complicated with the things she carries. The point is, she was such a super complicated partner!

Freaks via KaeYenWong/flickr
Freaks via KaeYenWong/flickr 

7. Too Obsessed with Itinerary

Sometimes, there is a traveler who is being too strict with the itinerary. On a particular limit, stick with the itinerary might be important to keep the schedule goes as planned.

But if you keep on checking the itinerary for over and over again (even though your partner has already known about that itinerary), eventually it would make the other traveler to go away out of frustation. Such thing has ever happened to a traveler who then shared his experience on his personal website.

sticking to the itinerary is important, but being too obsessed with it is disturbing, via danaeavia
sticking to the itinerary is important, but being too obsessed with it is disturbing, via danaeavia

 

That is just a few of unique experience that travelers have ever got with totally strange partners. Other experience that are often shared by travelers is getting a partner who is a party-goer, partner who always wants to stick with you on every activities, and partner who gets hysterical so easily.

But from all of those travelers who ever shared their annoying experience with new partner, almost everyone said that they will not give up travelling with complete stranger and instead, they took all those bad experiences as a memorable moment.

 

Now, is there anyone of you, who ever travelled with a total stranger, got a unique experience? Come share your story!

 

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