Flying Solo? Why Not Find a Travel Buddy Online

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You have saved enough to go on your dream trip, you have managed to convince your boss to take last year’s left over leave, you’ve bought your backpack and sorted all vaccines but you have one important missing item – a travel partner. Finding a travel partner especially for long trips might be a bit of a challenge, as not everyone might have your budget, your preferences, the same amount of available vacation leave, etc. But if you’re adventurous enough to embark on such a trip, why not be adventurous in choosing your travel companion. The internet and social media networks expose you to many opportunities.

With this in mind I’ve put together some places where you can find a travel buddy:

Facebook. Start with your ‘friends’. Yes you might seem like a loser asking for a travel buddy on your wall, but then again you might find like-minded individuals from your friends list who are also planning a similar trip and whom you can meet up along the way and travel together. I also came across some local travel Groups or Pages on Facebook like You Just Live Once’ travelling as it was supposed to be! With over 5000 likes.

Travel Forums. Travel forums can be a great way to find a potential travel partner. They are often broken down into different locations and it will give you a chance to have a bit of a chat with people first. As many of you know, Lonely Planet is one of the largest travel guide companies in the world and gives some superb travel advice, recommendations and ideas to all kinds of travellers. Gumtree, is a huge classified ads website. They also have areas for finding travel companions that can be really useful.

Travel Partner Websites. TravBuddy is one of the largest online travel communities that has the sole focus of finding you a travel partner. You can search for the right buddy in a number of different ways, for example, you can search for people going to a specific location, travelling on certain dates or by their demographic. You can get pretty specific here but it’s still best that you get to know your travel companion before you leave so that you stand the best possible chance of getting on! Other similar sites are www.travel-buddies.com which is a social network that helps bring together backpackers in order to help you find a travel buddy online and Companions2Travel.

All of the above sites can be great for finding a travel buddy and for stopping you from getting lonely on your journeys but always exercise caution:

  • Make sure the person is real
  • Make sure that you have a lot in common with your travel buddy
  • Carefully plan out all of your travel itineraries to make sure that you’ll both get what you want from your trip
  • Have a chat over webcam or meet up so that you can get to know your travel companion a bit better before you leave
  • Agree on a similar budget for your trip

Happy travels! We’re curious to hear about your experiences… Have you got any other tips?