My Dream Travel Companion


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.

[Split, Croatia]

~ 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.

[Three guesses where… S was fantastic at keeping me gluten free in Paris]

~ 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.

-Rachel

P.S. Can I get a high five for S making his debut on the blog today?! 

Linking up with Kristin and Joey for Stuff and Things.

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8 Comments

  1. 30th July 2015 / 14:19

    Happy birthday S!

    I like the idea of this post. I might have to do one similar and link back.

    I would be unable to slowly linger around museums with you but I would be compatible with a lot of others!

    • 30th July 2015 / 22:35

      He says thank you! Feel free, I’d like to read what your dream travel companion would look like. The thing is, I know I go overboard in museums but I just can’t help it! Sometimes I do need my companion to drag me away before I get museumitis.

  2. 30th July 2015 / 14:27

    Wow, so many fun trips and memories!!!! Happy Birthday to your husband!!

    • 30th July 2015 / 22:29

      I know! We’re really very lucky. Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  3. 31st July 2015 / 01:41

    *high five!* 😉

    It’s so great when your husband is a good travelling companion. I have friends who find traveling with their spouses trying, just because their interests and travelling styles are so different.

    • 2nd August 2015 / 17:47

      Woop! I know, and I know people who’ve gone on massive overseas trips alone because their spouse isn’t interested or doesn’t like to travel. It makes me feel very lucky to have a husband with such similar interests to mine! Except maybe the endless museums…. To be fair, I think he’s not alone in that!

  4. 31st July 2015 / 07:49

    Aww, happy birthday to your husband! 🙂

    Such a nice way to look back at all your travels together too!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • 2nd August 2015 / 17:46

      He says thank you! Yes this did turn into an accidental recap, and I kind of like it! I’m lucky that we’ve been able to go to such nice places together.

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