5 Reasons to Travel with Others

Updated May 28, 2020.

I recently wrote about the awesomeness of traveling on your own, but there are some definite benefits of traveling with other people, too. This post is dedicated to the joys of sharing travel experiences with friends and family! Who’s your favorite travel buddy?

1. There is Always Someone to Watch Your Bags

This is an excellent reason to travel with another person. Yes, the companionship part is great, but sometimes you just don’t want to lug all your stuff around to go to the bathroom or look for food in the airport. I know that sounds lazy, and it’s no one’s fault but your own if your bag’s too heavy, but seriously, travel is exhausting. Sometimes it’s nice to have someone else there to watch your bags. Or to let you be on bag duty while your traveling partner goes to find food for the both of you!

Sometimes we’re just better together!
Read on: Why You Should Never Watch a Stranger’s Luggage

2. Splitting the Cost

Looking to travel inexpensively (but not necessarily cheap)? Try traveling with a friend who has the same tastes as you so you can order food and split it! Restaurants in tourist areas (especially those who cater to Americans) will be serving large portions, so there will be enough for two–or maybe three! So instead of hanging onto a box of food until you get back to your lodging, or instead of throwing out perfectly good food, just plan to order something you can agree on and split the cost. Hotels, B&Bs, and the like are always cheaper when you split the cost in half!

My mom and I stayed in a “Fixer Upper” house for my mom’s birthday in Waco, and we split the cost with a friend who joined us!
More money-saving tips: The Beginner’s Guide to Hotel Rewards

3. Having an Extra Set of Eyes

You will need to look for signage when you travel, and that second pair of eyes will definitely help! You’ll also need to look out for road signs, train signs, bus signs, restaurant signs, attraction signs, you name it! It is always helpful to have a second set of eyes on the lookout, because no one likes to miss something and feel lost. Or worse: have to backtrack!

I would have gotten lost on this hike if Steve hadn’t seen the sign pointing the way!
Keep reading: 5 Ways to Surprise Someone with Travel

4. Share and Share Alike

Ladies, you know you need to save space, but you SO want to have plenty of options when you travel. This is where girlfriends come in handy. Coordinate with your travel partners and figure out what works best for the group. Maybe everyone can go with one color scheme. Maybe someone can bring that scarf you’re always admiring so you can wear it to dinner one night. Maybe you can all get together and agree on a pair of “traveling pants” each that you can mix and match with!

Get creative, and remember that it doesn’t count as rewearing if you wear a friend’s top (even if she already wore it)! Similarly, wouldn’t it be nice if you could bum some toothpaste or contact solution if you run out on the road? I make Steve share his with me often!

My mom (on the right) literally gives me clothes every time we travel together. I get more compliments on the things she gives me than what I pick out for myself! And she usually buys those clothes from our friend Debbie (on the left) who owns a boutique shop!
Need more packing tips? Check out my Top 10 Packing Hacks!

5. Camaraderie

Hands down, the best reason to travel with someone else is the unique opportunity you’ll have to get to know them on a deeper level. You’re both having an experience that only you will have together, especially when traveling in another country. You’re both working through the language barrier, you’re both figuring out the cultural differences, you’re both trying to figure out the street system. You’ll probably get frustrated with each other at some point, but working through those bumps can also make you a better person and bring you closer to your travel buddy.

I got to take my “little” brother on a trip of a lifetime to the United Kingdom, and we bonded more than we did as kids!
Need to read: What to Know About Your Travel Buddy (before you travel together)

Footnote

As a seasoned traveler, try to be empathetic to first-time travel companions. Remember, you were once a novice as well! Traveling with a similarly experienced traveler is usually a good idea, but if you do want to take someone for the experience of their life and take them traveling with you, be prepared to quell some fears or nervousness and take some extra responsibility!

For more about taveling with others, don’t forget to read How to Plan Travel with a Group! And if solo is more your speed, you’ll find everything you need on my Solo Travel Page!

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Published by quickwhittravel

Hey there! I am an avid traveller and adventurer, and you're always welcome to join me! The things I love most are God, my husband Steve, and seeing new places! My favorite places include Sydney, Australia; Ise City, Japan; and Bergen, Norway--but there's always room for more favorite places!

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