Let's face it, planning and booking a trip anywhere can be exciting and scary at the same time. The thrill of exploration is fun, but it can also be bogged down by the unknown. There are many things out of our control, but you CAN control your travel companion(s). Our team is here to help you think through your decision making process so everyone is happy in the end.
Here are five questions you need to ask yourself.
1. What is the purpose of your trip? The kind of companion you want to travel with or without will depend on the nature of your trip. If it's for work or professional development purposes you may want to go with colleagues. If you are traveling for leisure, your travel companion will depend on the memories you would like to make. OR Maybe you just need to hit the reset button and go on a solo journey.
2. What kind of expectations do you have for your trip? The right companion will depend on what you may need from them. If you are going for work, perhaps you need a mentor-like figure to guide you. If you are going for leisure, you may want to be around someone that makes you laugh or helps to give you a richer perspective on life.
3. Do you want to share these memories with your beau, be solo, or with a group of old friends? Be honest with yourself and think about what you need out of this experience. You want to look back at the time spent on this trip with a smile.
4. If it's not a solo trip, do you love the people you will be traveling with? You may not have the option of choosing work companions, but you may have a little more leeway choosing leisure companions. Some of your best friends may not be your favorite travel buddies.
5. What was your state of mind when planning the trip? Your mood factors into the kind of trip you will want to experience. If you are grieving, you may want a quick get away. If you are stressed, you may want to go on a retreat. If you just had a break up, you may want to experience an 'Eat Love Pray' moment. You understand my point.
Be aware that you mood may change; so if you plan your trip way in advance you may not want to take that trip anymore. It's okay to change your plans, but be mindful of your travel companions. It is unfair if your cancellation disrupts plans for your friends.
AND REMEMBER: This assessment will only work if you are honest with yourself!