travel companions for extended trips
Replies: 28 - Last Post: Oct 14, 2012 3:12 PM Last Post By: oregon1
Sep 10, 2012 1:46 PM
travel companions for extended trips60 years young, widowed, foot loose and fancy free.
I have the time, means and desire to travel and explore for extended periods of time - 1 to 3 months. My good friends however may have the means but not the time OR the time but not the means.
How do I find someone like minded to plan, organise, share and enjoy more independent trips with? ( EX. Am heading to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand for 3 weeks in January with a friend. Would have preferred takeing 2 to 3 months for this trip )
Companion websites all seem to be organised tours with single travel share programs.
Sep 11, 2012 1:24 AM
2No experience of finding travel companions myself (I like travelling alone as I find I tend to meet more people that way - but that's me).
However, I would suspect that the best means would depend on the type of travelling you are looking to do as much as where you would like to go. For example, backpacking/camping/hosteling or 5* luxury; go somewhere and move on as the mood takes you or pre-plan each day before you leave home; visit art galleries and museums or spend weeks trekking through rainforest watching wildlife; etc.
Just a thought.
Sep 11, 2012 4:18 AM
I found myself in a similar position and what I did was to form a group of like minded souls. We meet regularly and kind of get to know each other before planning a trip together. Going to travel to Rajasthan for 3 weeks and see how we get on before planning a longer trip, hopefully to Asia and Europe for a couple of months.
Whereabout are you from?
Sep 11, 2012 5:29 AM
4In theory that is an interesting idea, I have thought that way myself, but after going through some scenarios in my mind I realise that in reality it is not going to work very well. You would have to be a very easy going person to go along with it.
In reality you will have all the personality issues coming out that could ruin a trip. Bossy boots, Hissy fits, Gibber Gabber constantly about all the personal baggage, Really irritating habits. Constantly talking about the grandkids/the folks back home etc..
At least if you travel alone and meet up with someone and they start going weird/irritating on you you can easily get away. Its one thing spending an afternoon with someone but a whole trip ?
Sep 11, 2012 7:30 AM
5It's taking the original question off at a bit of a side track, but question to the original poster: Have you ever travelled alone ? It can seem a bit daunting having to deal with everything yourself, can't leave bags whilst you pop somewhere because no companion to watch them, etc. However, all the little things have counters which make travelling alone a lot easier as well.
I have travelled both alone and with a companion (well partner) and I have found people more ready to approach you/chat/include you/etc. when you are alone. Something inhibits people a bit when you are with somebody else. Also, when you are with somebody else it is far easier to chat with them meaning others are less likely to come over. I wont bother to retell stories but I have experienced some quite amazing instances of where solo travellers help each other out. Maybe OP has travelled solo before and chosen to seek a companion - in which case ignore the above. But if not, try it. A bit more hassle but once in the swing of it you will find people to do things with - not the same person for the entire trip, but people to visit things with, people to chat with, etc. Being a bit shy myself I was quite daunted 1st solo trip thinking how I must try and be outgoing, make myself approachable, etc. - but no worries. Loads of people and a great community.
Sep 11, 2012 1:51 PM
6Traveling solo is by far the best.
I'm 71. I stay at hostels. They're not just full of drunk kids. Age friendly. Washing machines. Comunity kitchen, so you can control your diet. Breakfast of sorts till 10 a.m.
Travel partners rarely talk to anybody else. You can't learn zip that way. The late riser wastes everybody's day. And nobody cares how you look.
I rent both beds in a double room, if I want to be alone.
Some dorms, I had to myself.
Sep 13, 2012 1:15 AM
You already started to find someone with your post. 3 weeks to do all the places you list here - big mistake. What is stopping you staying on after your friend departs? Why not plan your travel according to what you wish? Why not consider travelling alone or meeting up on the journey.
Gawkabout ain't far wrong, bit of a youngster but got it right. I am just back from a 4 month trip out to SEA and less than 24 hours back home am now planning my next out that way. Will be heading out in January for another few months. Don't rush or plan your travel too much. I could spend 3 months on an island and have done. You did not really list your interests, helps to find travel mates if you need them.
If I bump into you in Thailand or Laos in Jan will buy you a beer and render more useless advice he he. Take time, take care and enjoy your travels.
Sep 13, 2012 4:26 AM
I am new to this forum having only travelled to the Pacific Islands earlier this year, doing health aid work while homestaying in a village. I loved the culture and experience. I'm female and on the wrong side of 50 but i am planning a independant itinarery with no fixed dates starting in BB in early Nov. : flying to Chiang Mai. staying maybe 5 days then maybe up to Chiang Rai to see the hill tribes and I am told there is a retreat up there? ........Laos is the next destination but how and when? I also plan to spend time in Siem riep volunteering in orhanages through a NGO .....then a visit to Kampot to visit another aid worker and then on to PP.
I will post in the SEA forum to get tips, advice soon. I too feel that as a single person I will meet others and "take each day as it comes" and enjoy the day. enjoyed the read everyone, thanks
Sep 13, 2012 4:58 AM
Sep 13, 2012 5:03 AM
Solo is the best way to travel.
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Nobody thinks they're naíve.
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Scams and slight of hand are the way. They hand off the loot, to a buddy, who disapears into the crowd.
Cops can do nothing for us.
I'm old merchant marine. I use a Rick Steves money belt, when I travel. Its saved all, including passport...3 times that I know of.
Like going gambling; "Never carry more cash on you,
than you can aford to lose."
I didn't start listening to warnings till aboard my first ship."What do old guys know? I'm too cool Christian rasred for that."
Then I started listening. I was 22 or so. Too cool fer school.
Sep 13, 2012 7:47 PM
11Thank you to all who responded to my post. I appreciate the information and advice given, and will certainly take a fresh look at solo travel in the future. I have driven to the southern states from Canada on my own twice, for a month at a time, but had the security of a condo with recreational activities in place at my destination. A little different than an older woman travelling on her own through southeast Asia!. Will continue with my research and endeavor to visit the places on my list with or without a companion. Thanks again.
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