Single people who like to travel often don’t take advantage of traveling to some wonderful places because they don’t want to travel alone. Not wanting to travel alone may be because of various reasons. Places that have a reputation of romance often can feel depressing to a person traveling alone. Matching with a travel companion either of the opposite or same sex can make all the difference. Other reasons people may not like traveling alone may include that it feels like more fun to have a companion to talk with, to take photos with, to eat meals with, etc..
Hooking up with a single travelers group is a great idea, but there may not be plans to go where you may want to go on your next trip. Using an on line matching service like 50plusconnects.com can be a wonderful resource.
What to look for when trying to find a good match for a Tavel buddy?
- Make a list of all the characteristics about yourself. What time do you like to wake up? Go to sleep? Eat? What is your stamina like. Can you walk all day, climb hills, steps? Or do you like to be driven places, take a buggy if its available? Do you have a sense of humor and like to laugh at the foibles of plans going wrong, or do you get very miffed and angry at mishaps?
- Make a list of the characteristics that you think are most important for you to match well with a travel companion.
These two lists will serve as your guide to what to ask a prospective travel companion, and what to disclose about yourself. Best to disclose peculiarities up front rather than saving it for the trip and possibly ruin a good time.
Complete the general profile on the website…but add the unique characteristics you noted in #1 & 2 above in sections asking for additional information. Don’t be shy about bragging about some specific skills that you have and be honest about what you’re hoping for about the other person.
Following these general suggestions will maximize your opportunity to finding someone just right for that next trip of your dreams.
Written by Elaine Rodino, Ph.D
Elaine is CEO of Senior Premier Dating LLC and is a licensed psychologist in private practice. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists. Dr. Rodino is a past president of the APA Divisions of Independent Practice, The Society for Media Psychology and Technology, Central Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA), the Foundation of LACPA, and recipient of the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Media Psychology Award, and the Distinguished Service Award to LACPA. She has appeared on T.V. and radio and contributes to magazines, newspapers and online health sites on issues regarding Couples, Relationships, Sandwich Generation, Holiday Blues, and other popular topics.