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is there a "correct" way to handle potential companions?

Travel Forums General Talk is there a "correct" way to handle potential companions?

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1. Posted by robbob (Budding Member 13 posts) 12y

i am due to be embarking on a massive adventure fairly soon, driving from london to sydney, (obviously with the use of a boat or two along the way) and need some advice.

a few people have come back to me asking for more info, and we have chatted, exchanged half a dozen emails or so and then when i mention meeting up, silence.

i met with one young lady a week or so ago and since then she hasn't emailled or anything so i guess i scared her off. same thing has just happened again, except we hadn't even got to the meeting up stage.

just silence! :-s

how do you balance out an urgency, (due to the fact i am leaving in a month) without coming across as stupidly eager? Am i trying too hard or is this "someones" way of telling me i am a weirdo and should go it alone.


2. Posted by abcdf (Full Member 557 posts) 12y

er... i think i understand. when i started this trip. i just asked a whole bunch of my friends who turned me down right away. not everyone likes or can travel. the balance of being excited and eager is very thin. especially if you dont know the people very well, its gets a little bit more complicated. well, i know i havent been much help, but just keep your eyes open and keep the door open for the "potential companion". g'luck with it.


3. Posted by kathattack (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y

Matey mate!

You're doing fine. If that's me u were talking bout i was just busy. As for scaring people off that is a lot easier to do in person so just wait and see.. ;)

Who'd u meet who didn't get back to you?

suppose depends if ur motivation to go matches theirs..

It's balance between wanting to start planning cos u want to go NOW!! and holding back cos 47 days in car with someone u barely know is a long time. actually when i think about it 47 days in a car with some of the people i really know would be a hell of a lot longer..

Kath xxx

4. Posted by robbob (Budding Member 13 posts) 12y

Kath, hun! the reason for this post was kinda to find o ut if i was doing anything wrong but also to find out if anyone had any advice, i mean i am a lil ole defenceless bloke and if i'm driving out to the middle of nowhere to meet up with a strange woman, i mean anything could happen!

wouldn't want you to have your wicked way with me, Not without making sure i had an escape route at least ;)

see ya in a few hours!


5. Posted by nvbirdman (Budding Member 42 posts) 12y

Just remember, if a lovely young lady says "You just want to get me drunk and take advantage of me." The proper response is "I don't care if you're drunk."
And yes, I did say that to a pretty girl one time.

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Hey birdman
Any more tips on how to pull the birds?

7. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

yeh i kinda wouldn't go taking that sort of advice!

8. Posted by kkwijibo (Full Member 56 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

Hey birdman
Any more tips on how to pull the birds?

I find acting stupid helps ;)

9. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Do you enjoy being treated like an idiot?

10. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

Are u hell-bent on finding a travel companion to set off with u? Don't be disappointed if u can't find someone. Afterall u aren't really going on a sea voyage where u will be alone in a ship right? There are alot of like-minded travellers out there having the same itinerary. If u believe me, there are hordes of travellers making the classic overland trip driving to Moscow, the trans-siberian railway to China, and then bus/train/motorbike down to Singapore where u take a plane to Sydney. If u ask me, i think this is more fun than sticking to one travel buddy. Even travelling with best friends can take a toil on the friendship, not to mention new acquaintance. But if u are looking to inject some romance into the trip, well...keep trying and good luck.