Travel bud

  • aussielad_1

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    Aug 01, 2014 9:40 AM GMT
    Who has found a random travel buddy before, and is it a good idea? Or who is going through this process?
    I'm looking at Scotland, london, Paris, Germany, Prague, Austria greece then Italy. want to do it on a budget but not povo pack. I love to party so do want to experience the clubs.4-6 weeks is the planned trip, and whilst I could try it alone I'd rather company,
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    Aug 01, 2014 1:13 PM GMT
    good for posting here but there are web sites that specialize on this sort of thingy too.

    you want to have fun, not drama on this so choose with care. Normally traveling can be stress if things dont go as planned. even married couples have problems.
  • mladri

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    Aug 01, 2014 2:52 PM GMT
    I've done that few years ago when I was traveling around Europe. I found my travel buddies over TripTogether.com, and I had a great experience.
    Look up on Ryanair for cheep flights, or you can travel with trains. We traveled with trains and we had a best time.
    Go for it man!!
  • builtnycguy

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    Aug 01, 2014 2:54 PM GMT
    You probably don't want to be around the same person for 4-6 weeks, especially a stranger. I usually travel solo, but I meet plenty of people to share experiences with on the road. Through the Internet, I try to connect with locals or ex-pats who share similar interests. I stay in B&Bs or (when hiking) in adventure lodges where it's easier to meet people during the breakfast or dinner hour. So I typically end up spending 2 or 4 days with a small group of people, then move on to the next town and next group of people. Or you may meet someone who has a similar itinerary and would be willing to share accommodation expenses with you. Since you're into clubs/partying, make sure you choose someone who is on the same sleep schedule as you.
  • OutdoorAdvent...

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    Aug 01, 2014 3:50 PM GMT
    G'day.
    CouchSurfing.org might be a good place to look. The organization is international, and has a group for gay couch surfers...
    https://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=444
    and gay backpackers...
    https://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=745
    Happy trails, mate!
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    Aug 01, 2014 4:30 PM GMT
    https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/travel-companions

    LonelyPlanet is a great info resource even before you go about looking for a travel mate.
    The forums are similar to RJ's but of course focused on your travel needs.
    The forums are extremely active. When you post a question you can usually expect answers quickly----and from folks who can actually help.
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    Aug 01, 2014 6:55 PM GMT
    I went solo, with family and my ex before. The idea of traveling with complete strangers doesn't sound appealing to me.

  • papasmurf

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    Aug 01, 2014 8:33 PM GMT
    hostelworld.com is great to find accommodations and some even have events they host (one i stayed at in barcelona went to a football match for cheap). i've always found people to chill with at every hostel i've stayed at. you meet people from all over the world too.

    as already mentioned, ryanair.com is a cheap airlines. i just used them for my trips to italy and sweden. easyjet is also a good one. also check skyscanner. i got my ticket to thailand ridiculously cheap through them.

    so yeah. just a few travel suggestions for you ;)
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    Aug 02, 2014 7:00 AM GMT
    papasmurf said
    as already mentioned, ryanair.com is a cheap airlines. i just used them for my trips to italy and sweden. easyjet is also a good one

    If the OP plans to travel on RyanAir or EasyJet, he should travel lightly (fewer kilos allowed for baggage than allowed on most other airlines) and beware of their restrictions and extra fees on extra bags, not printing boarding pass in advance, etc. Can be expensive if weight limits are exceeded.
  • nomad4life

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    Aug 03, 2014 5:15 AM GMT
    People do this? Sorry, I just never heard of online travel buddies. You got plans for locking your stuff? Separate rooms with a good lock?
  • kew1

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    Aug 03, 2014 6:58 AM GMT
    friendlyface08 saidPeople do this? Sorry, I just never heard of online travel buddies. You got plans for lockingi your stuff? Separate rooms with a good lock?

    Most hostels I've stayed at have a safe for valuables.
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Aug 03, 2014 7:59 PM GMT
    It's never a bad idea, but I also work in the world of security, so I think of what could go wrong traveling. I'd love a travel buddy, and I think a few of my friends would love to be one for me. The unfortunate thing is I don't have the money to travel right now icon_sad.gif
  • ohioguy12

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    Aug 03, 2014 11:49 PM GMT
    Just go alone so you can do things on your own schedule. I did once in Spain, and at first I was terrified, but ended up being the best decision in my life.
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    Aug 05, 2014 1:58 PM GMT
    I always travel alone. It forces me to meet people
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    Aug 05, 2014 4:36 PM GMT
    Dallasfan824 saidI always travel alone. It forces me to meet people


    I sometimes do it alone, and especially if its business related. I'm very outgoing, and if by myself I avoiding embarrassing my traveling companion because I talk to just about everyone.

    If I can't make folks laugh (with me or at me) I have failed.
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    Aug 06, 2014 6:25 AM GMT
    Funny I was going to post this myself cause someone I recently asked to share a cruise is just a big complainer. Prices, visas, old people. And I'm the one doing all the planning. I've been on 3 cruises with complete strangers that I met online through Atlantis and they worked out fine even though we were totally different personalities. Traveling like you are I seriously don't think will work though.
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    Aug 06, 2014 3:36 PM GMT
    I would tread lightly with caution when thinking about traveling with a person you don't know. How do you know you'll get along? Do you like doing the same things, keeping the same hours, going to the same kinds of places, hotels, museums, restaurants, pubs, cathedrals, etc.?

    I've traveled a lot - my whole life - 123 countries to date. Sometimes with family, sometimes with partners, sometimes with buddies, occasionally alone. It can all be good, if you plan ahead and discuss intentions carefully. I once had a problem with a b.f. on a trip. We ended up not speaking all the way home. I had made all the plans, paid all the bills, provided everything from a to z. He was like a lump of coal. He had little or no appreciation for all that he was seeing and doing. He acted like he wasn't impressed and seemed bored. I realized later, he was intimidated by European travel and my way of life. I realized there was a huge imbalance. I should have had him pay his way, and make some choices as to what we were going to do, although he'd never been abroad and had no idea what all there was to do and see. So instead of a great trip, that one ended with a thud. Some people act bitchy when they're ill at ease, instead of acting normal, with some appreciation and gratitude.......especially when the other guy is just trying to provide a great time.

    Be very careful who you travel with. It can make or break your trip.
  • Philippines

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    Aug 07, 2014 5:06 PM GMT
    mladri saidI've done that few years ago when I was traveling around Europe. I found my travel buddies over TripTogether.com, and I had a great experience.
    Look up on Ryanair for cheep flights, or you can travel with trains. We traveled with trains and we had a best time.
    Go for it man!!