1. A sense of adventure over a sense of direction.
2. A sense of humour – because I sometimes lack one and laughing is good stuff especially if we get lost.
3. The willingness to rough it. Hard floors, soft beds, old cheese, and dirty undies are all part of life on the road at some point.
4. Having some different interests and being happy to piss off alone for a while to enjoy them. Compromise is important (blah blah), but sometimes you’ve just got to do what you want irrespective of your mate. So head off on a solo mission and come back with fresh stories for each other.
5. Trusting that they won’t nick off with my passport (worth $10,000 on the black market) and that they’ll keep that super embarrassing time on that long bus trip to themselves.
6. An open mind and readiness to try to understand challenging perspectives. Freedom fighter or terrorist? Could it depend on which side of the fence you sit on?
(are we there yet?)
7. Patience. Travel involves a lot, and I mean a lot, of down time so get used to it and don’t be a nag. Also, patience for each other, which leads to…
8. An appreciation for your travelling companion! If you’re with one it’s because you don’t want to go solo, so remember that when you get grumpy with each other. Or go solo.
9. Savouring all the small things along the way: A jovial bus driver, a sugared bun, a quaint seaside resort, the best falafel you ever ate, a free ride.
10. Sharing is caring. Share a laugh, share a beer, and share the aeroplane armrest. Happy days.
So, what does it take to check your travel companion boxes???