How to Make Sure They’re the Perfect Holiday Partner

Y’know how I’ve been on loads of holidays? Well, I’ve travelled with a lot of people and I know exactly what kind of person I can travel with, and who I can’t. I’ve been on trips where I literally cannot wait to get home to get away from my travel companion.

Maybe they felt the same about me?

Negativity, moaning, always being on their phone, boring, not up for anything, always skint – thinking back I’m gonna say they’re the six most annoying traits in a travel partner.

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– Fi’s a great holiday partner, honest

Travelling with someone forces the two of you to face so many challenges together that you really get to know each other, more than you might even want to. And if you’re still friends / partners by the end of the trip, and you would go away with them again, then you know, that you have a keeper.

I love this quote from Bill Murray, and totally agree with the sentiment.

“If you have someone you think is the one, take them and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all over the world, to places that are hard to reach and hard to get out of. And when you land at JFK and you’re still in love with that person, get married.”

― Bill Murray

Travelling is a great test of a friendship, and a relationship. If you’re backpacking together and staying in hostels, it can be even more stressful as you don’t have your own space to unwind at the end of the day. Staying in hotels is fine, but the best way to ensure your best chance at peace and harmony is to look at staying in a villa. That way you have a bedroom, and separate living space too.

This post is in collaboration with VillaPlus. They handpick their villas to suit their high standards in the best locations. There’s loads of choice and they offer more free added extras than anyone else. Check out their range at

If you’re planning a trip with someone, and you’re a little unsure of whether they really are the perfect travel partner, I’d definitely recommend you talk it through beforehand. Here are a few questions to start the conversation off.

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– Jayne is great too, especially when you get to go to the Caribbean

1. Is there anything about your travel partner that worries you?

Subtly introduce it into conversation – maybe ask them the question back on you to start. Is there anything I do that’s going to annoy you? And then don’t aggressively list their shortcomings, just pick your top three to discuss (ha) and only if they’re reeeally going to annoy you.

2. Do you know about any medical issues your travel partner may have?

Snoring. Oh gawd, add that to that list up there ^. I absolutely hate the sound of snoring, and there’s no way I can sleep if the other person is snorting in their sleep. I need to know before so I can either, ideally, book a separate room, or at least take some supersonic ear plugs.

Are they sleep walkers? Allergic to sunlight? Peanuts? Make sure you know about anything that’s going to change the course of the trip, so you can prepare for it.

3. Are you and your travel partner on the same budget?

Villa Plus in Majorca

– Villa Plus villa in Majorca 

Money is the root of all arguments, well, most of them. I really hate owing people money, and even more than that, I hate them owing me money. I like to bypass this when I travel with friends by having some sort of kitty and we just split everything down the middle. You paying for this, and me paying for that, doesn’t always work out.

Also, if one of you is skint, and the other minted, there’s going to be problems. Make sure your budgets are compatible before you start looking at booking.

4. Do you actually like your travel partner?

Any weaknesses in your friendship or relationship are going to come to a head when you spend such an intense amount of time together as you do when you travel. There’s a reason why they say travel can make or break a relationship.

Chances are if they annoy you before you travel, they’re going to drive you mad when you’re in a different country.

5. Do you have the same-ish plans for the trip? 

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– Or how about this one? Another Majorcan villa from Villa Plus

If one of you is planning to sit on the beach, reading a book and ordering lounger service on the cocktails, while the other has a daily 10-mile hike mapped out then you’re going to need to have a word about expectations. It doesn’t mean it’s not going to work, but it does mean there might have to be some compromise somewhere if you want to spend some time together.

You don’t have to get on with your holiday partner 24/7 and it definitely makes for a more interesting trip if you have a few disagreements and differences of opinion, but I just don’t want you to waste precious time and money going on a trip when you’re not going to have a good time.

Hope these questions help you find the perfect holiday partner, good luck!

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  1. by Tiffany on March 3, 2018  11:01 pm Reply

    I love this! My husband and I went on a handful of dates before her asked if I wanted to go on a holiday with him in Prague and Austria, I thought it over and said yes but my 6 year old daughter would have to come as well and he said of course! This could have went wrong in so many ways and the trip was planned for two weeks. Well, it went amazing and a week into the trip I proposed to him near Charles Bridge in Prague. We got married a while later and that was four years ago! The trip brought us closer and it all worked out. THANKFULLY!!

    • by VickyFlipFlop on March 17, 2018  3:37 pm Reply

      Oh wow what a great story Tiffany! Sounds like it was definitely meant to be if you got on so well after that amount of time together. Sometimes you just have to go for it and when you know, you know!

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