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Travelzoo Australia identifies its Top 10 Best Travel Partners

October 29, 2013 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

Travelzoo Australia’s 2013 Travel & Lifestyle survey revealed that 73% of respondents use holidays to relax and unwind, but this can all be put in jeopardy if you travel with the wrong travel partner.

CentaraTravelzoo Australia’s Managing Director Paul Marshall says, “Travel is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences but it can be stressful as you forge a path through different cultures and locations. The right travel partner can make the difference between agony and ecstasy. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice.”

Travelzoo Australia identifies its Top 10 Best Travel Partners;

1. The Generous of Spirit: Travelling often means spending money, so travel with someone who has the same views on spending as you do, as this often determines the accommodation you stay in and experiences you have on the trip. While being budget wise is important, there’s nothing worse than traveling with a someone who will only ever agree on the cheapest option…taking the gloss off the “once in a life time experience”.

2. The Relaxed Traveler: Holidays are about relaxing so you don’t need every second of the day planned. Travel with someone spontaneous and you’ll be sure to enjoy experiences you never dreamed of having. Avoid the over-organiser, as their rigid travel plan can often see spontaneity and fun become collateral damage.

3. The Team Traveller: Share in the excitement and expectation of the build up, and make sure you travel with someone who wants to be involved as much as you do. This will avoid the “don’t care what we do “ approach which can be exhausting, frustrating and fraught with danger. Whilst the “don’t care” mindset suggests they don’t have an opinion, they more than often do!

4. The Down Time Traveller: Most of us love a chat but there’s time when we want our own space to just stop, take stock and just take a moment. Travel with someone who shares the same sense of space, otherwise you risk traveling with someone living out of your pocket and someone who doesn’t know when to stop talking.

5. The Experience Traveller: By experience we are not referring to someone who’s been to where you are going but to someone who’s keen to experience everything a new culture has to offer. There’s nothing more grating than traveling with someone who constantly compares everything back to Australia and believes everything in Australia is better!

6. The Free Spirit Traveller: Safety and travel advice are important considerations but that doesn’t mean over compensating and fearing any new experience. Travel with someone who shares the same sense of adventure and sensibilities as you. This will ensure you embrace all experiences with the same vigor and enthusiasm.

7. The Culturally Sensitive Traveller: Always be sensitive to cultural differences and make sure you travel with someone who understand this. Otherwise you risk being embarrassed, or potentially in trouble, by a travelling partners’ unsuitable comments and actions.

8. The Share Time Zone Traveller: If you’re a morning person, travel with a morning person; and if you’re a night owl, travel with a night owl! If you don’t you’ll be working at cross-purposes and there will be a lot of waiting around in frustration for both of you!

9. The Wingman (or Wingwoman): Having a wingman is both reassuring and doubles the fun. There’s nothing worse than traveling with someone whose sole ambition is to have a romantic interlude or interlude, which means you spending your trip alone.

10. The Street Smart Traveller: You are never going to be a local when you travel, but you can do things that will see you immerse yourself in the culture simply by adopting some street smarts. There’s nothing worse than traveling with the Obvious Tourist! Aside from being comical in some, it can also be dangerous. The power of blending can never be underestimated.

“Travel is fun when you go with the right person, so take the time to make sure you travel with someone who wants similar experiences as you. Online resources such as the Travelzoo Top 20 Newsletter which curates deals that have been researched and evaluated by a team of deal experts is one example of the resources available to assist with the planning process. Utilising online tools such as this help you plan and find something for all budgets,” adds Marshall.

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