When thinking about trips away, so much is governed by your travel companion. If I’m planning a trip away with girlfriends, it’s going to look very different to a solo trip, or a trip with my husband. That got me to thinking about what characteristics my dream travel companion would have…
~ My dream travel companion is a keen foodie; cares about food and has a good appetite but isn’t a snob.
~ My dream travel companion can spend all day pacing slowly around museums if required. And loves Roman ruins as much as me.
~ My dream travel companion is generally happy and pleasant to be around, but not above a good complain sesh if things don’t go our way.
[Sky Bar, Bangkok. We were underwhelmed, and may or may not have had a mini complain sesh after our visit]
~ My dream travel companion doesn’t mind my complex coeliac food requirements, and will join in with questioning the waiter/waitress and watches out for potential cross contamination risks.
~ My dream travel companion likes shopping, or at least is happy to go and do something else while I shop.
~ My dream travel companion likes a certain amount of quiet time.
[There are certain times of day when it’s best all round to just leave me alone with my book]
~ My dream travel companion is happy to drop all plans at the last minute and head to the spa if it all just gets a bit too much.
~ My dream travel companion is good at making decisions.
[Wales, 2009. Don’t ask me why we’re in a layby]
~ My dream travel companion will take lots of photos, and will put up with me taking ALL the photos, without complaining one bit. Also, doesn’t mind being in said photos.
[Me checking on my sunrise shots, Angkor Wat, Cambodia]
~ My dream travel companion stops frequently for ice cream. Or at the very least doesn’t judge my general ice cream intake.
[Korean cafe, Bangkok. Yes, that is a big tub of ice cream and yes I did polish off the lot]
~ My dream travel companion tells me when makeup is smeared across my face or there’s spinach in my teeth.
Here’s a story to illustrate the above. Whilst out recently, I asked S if my eye makeup had smudged under my eyes in the humidity. He said, I don’t know… What does that look like? I say irritatedly well, are there dark patches beneath my eyes? He says yes, looking as if I’ve just asked him if the sky is blue. I’m getting irate at this point. Why didn’t you tell me?! I mutter. I then pause. I ask him if he means the dark circles under my eyes that are always there. He nods. THANKS. You see what I have to deal with?!
~ My dream travel companion doesn’t think I’m embarrassing to be around.
[Tuk tuk, somewhere in Siem Reap, Cambodia]
All this is kind of a circular way to say happy birthday to my long suffering husband S, who will always be my preferred travel companion even though, as he wanted me to point out, he is definitely still working on some of the points listed above. I hereby wish him many, many more travels to come with his awkward, ice cream loving wife.
P.S. Can I get a high five for S making his debut on the blog today?!