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1. Posted by tomm35 (Budding Member 47 posts) 10y

Has anyone ever travelled extensively with someone they met from the internet? I see alot of people looking for travel companions, but i'm thinking its probably a long shot.
What if after 5 minutes meeting them, you realize it was all a big mistake. That would be pretty awkward. Either travel alone or with close freinds/family.

2. Posted by Shepwad (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y

FRom what I've heard you meet so many people on the way your better off going on your own?

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Agree with that. There are very few tmes when you are atually alone. I have travelled for a couple of days or a couple of weeks with ppl I have met along the way, and its less of a commitment because its taken for granted thta you will be going your seperate ways again before long.

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

I do believe that finding travel companions via the internet can work, BUT I also believe that a list of ground rules should be set in place, and agreed upon by everyone involved, before ever taking that first step of the trip. (Whether you start out together or just meet somewhere along the route.) Some of those rules should include the ability to go your own separates ways at any time, each companion is responsible for all of their own expenses, and all decisions are made jointly (no leader/follower behavior). I also think that several "face-to-face" meetings should be arranged so everyone is aware of who they will be spending time with during the adventure.

I normally support to the "going it alone" way of traveling. As Shepwad stated (or asked), you will meet so many others along the way that you will usually find "instant companions" here and there to spend time with on your route. The more threads you read in the forums, the more you will find where members were very happy they went solo. Quite a few start out planning their trip with a friend, but do to differences of opinion in the planning stages, end up traveling alone and glad they did. Others have successfully traveled with their friends - but those are fewer and farther between.

I just finished a short 10 day trip with a very close friend of 10 years. Our husbands stayed behind to tend the home fires. As close as we are/were, we are not on speaking terms at this time and may never be again. I don't know... I do know that I am now unwilling to travel with anyone else other than Beerman (the tender of the home fire). That may pass too, but it will be quite awhile before I'm open to the idea.

I see by your profile, that you have covered 22 states via Greyhound bus! I think you may be able to add some insight to bus travel in this thread:
Greyhound USA, safe or suicide?

5. Posted by tomm35 (Budding Member 47 posts) 10y

I've never travelled with others, always by myself, but again i havn't really travelled. I want to do a rtw by myself but would like to meet up with people here and there to see some of the sights. Is it easy breaking the ice and actually planning some sightseeing with a stranger you just met?

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Hi Tom,

I'm a rather shy person, but I always manage to find people to talk to whenever I travel. It's somehow easier to make conversation - or else people who travel give off some sort of 'vibe' that draws you together. I've never once felt lonely!

7. Posted by tomm35 (Budding Member 47 posts) 10y

hi Tway, i'm the same. I guess the initial awkwardness of approaching someone and doing something together is just a natural thing.

8. Posted by till (Full Member 73 posts) 10y

hmm yes finding a travelcompanion on the net can work i know,
like this i met a sweet french girl that has become my love
there for i would say go a head but remeber that you are leaving with someone you don't know it can work or it can fail... it is up to you is you are up to this challange, i took the dive and i worked out for me

so thanks tp

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting till

hmm yes finding a travelcompanion on the net can work i know,
like this i met a sweet french girl that has become my love
there for i would say go a head but remeber that you are leaving with someone you don't know it can work or it can fail... it is up to you is you are up to this challange, i took the dive and i worked out for me

so thanks tp

Hey Till!
It's good to hear from you again!! I'm happy to hear that you have had success with your traveling companion.

Isa now returns this thread to it's regularly scheduled topic.

10. Posted by till (Full Member 73 posts) 9y

hey Isadora, yes i have back internet once in a wile, it it is nice to back :)

also on this topic i can also say that taking along a stranger as travelmate can also give problems;
you don't know echother: you don't know the reaction of the person in certain situations, it also can happen that you cannot know sometimes how the other person feels about things,..

my aduve and i learned this the hard way :) :
Say open
Talk alot
About everything also your feelings
Don't get mad it it doesn't go your way, or the other person doesn't understand you...
have patient with echother :)

hope this is some good advice i can pass on :)

keep up the fate for all travelers