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14 Types of Travel Buddy & Knowing Which One Suits Your Travel Persona

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Did I get your attention with the title on different types of travel buddy?

As a solo traveler and a proud introvert. I am very socially aware. While I am not keen on interacting with people. That does not mean I do not enjoy observing them.

While on my solo travel I sometimes sit at one corner and just people watch. Observing other travelers do their own thing.

Seeing their quirks, what they usually do while on travel and perhaps the most common thing is how many clicks of their cameras do they take before being satisfied with the shot.

Misconception about Solo Travelers

A common misconception about being a solo traveler is that Solo travelers hate interacting with fellow travelers.

That WE revel on the thought of having a travel buddy.

On the contrary we thrive in an environment where we meet like minded individuals. And I’d like to stress on like minded individuals.

On my 3 years experience as a solo travel I have met different types of travelers.

Now that I am expanding my traveling horizon. I created a few profiles of travelers that I have met while solo traveling.

I initially started with 7 but the more I looked back on my travels the list grew until i eventually settled with 14 types of Travel buddy.

Mind you, this has got to be one of the fun posts I have ever written. I feel like I have created a documentary of all the individuals that I have met while on travel.

I can definitely say that there are certain travel buddies that I like to be with and others I definitely avoid. But despite my preference of a travel buddy or the absence of such.

Each has its own unique strength and quirks. And yes, we are going to get to know each of their persona’s.

Now on the list are pictures of my friends – who I requested to be part of this blog. And yes, their photos are where they truly belong on the list.

Feel free to share this link or tag your friends if you find a a type of travel buddy that best describes them here.

The Different Types of Travel Buddy

1. The Selfie-holic

Perhaps the most common of all species of travel buddies. Need I say more?

This is your travel buddy who loves, wait for it …taking selfies!

Every corner, every angle, every place. If it catches this travel buddy’s attention then expect to hear multiple clicks until they are satisfied with the shots they took of… themselves!

Advantage: Bringing along a travel buddy who is a selfie-holic means you have an independent traveler. Since they are experts at taking a perfect selfie.

This travel buddy would not need your help in taking photos and documenting your trip. Perhaps , you can even learn a trick or two from them in taking good photos.

Disadvantage: They are their own worst critics. Thus this travel buddy will stop at nothing to get the perfect selfie. And taking the perfect selfie may take time.

So if your following a not so flexible itinerary. Then be wary if you have this travel buddy on that trip.

2. The Hungry Traveler

The travel buddy who has an unlimited supply of food in their backpack.

Moreover, this travel buddy always makes it a point that they visit restaurants and cafes. In order to try every local cuisine that the place can offer.

Rely on this travel buddy to locate the ideal places to grab a bite while on your trip.

Advantage: You would never go hungry when you are traveling with the Hungry Traveler which is extremely helpful for delayed flights, long drives and for long ques.

Plus since Hungry Travelers know their way around food. Deciding where to eat would not be a problem.

Disadvantage: This travel buddy loves food and if you’re the thrill seeking traveler then expect your travel adventures to be cut off for some visit at a restaurant and or cafes.

3. The Budgetarians

This travel buddy’s motto is: Let’s stick to our agreed budget!

In order for the budget to stick. Budgetarians will take the lead in planning for the itinerary of the trip.

Making sure all expenses are accounted for to come up with the exact or if not close to perfect expense for the whole trip.

Advantage: You won’t go over your budget. Which is really helpful.

Disadvantage: There’s a slim chance you can do side trips especially if it’s not part of the agreed Itinerary .

4. The OOTD Buddy

OTTD buddies have their outfit planned from Day 1 up until the last day of your trip.

Perhaps your itinerary was even influenced by the outfits they plan on wearing for that trip.

These type of travel buddy always sees to it that they are on point.

Golden Rule: No outfit must be worn twice throughout the duration of the trip.

Can be best friends with the Selfie-holic or could be the same person!

And oh designer stores are their weakness! They are always on the hunt for bargain quality outfits that they can use on their next travels.

Advantage: Err you have a fashion forward friend? Seriously, this travel buddy can also help you plan out your look for the entire travel.

Well if your into that sort of thing.

Disadvantage: Outfit changes may require some time so having this travel buddy around may screw up your plans due to their OOTD goals.

5. The Politician

The travel buddy who will win any election by a landslide vote!

He’s the travel buddy who can and will interact with anyone he meets. From the bus driver, to the random guy on the street, to the waiters and to fellow travelers.

If it talks then the Politician will interact with that person.

Advantage: Navigation would not be a challenge since you have a human waze with you. Plus you may get discounts or visit interesting destinations because of recommendations from people The Politician interacted with.

Disadvantage: The Politicians enjoys a good chitchat and if you’re not much of a talker then prepare for WORD war 3!

6. The Narcoleptic

When on a trip this travel buddy is the version of a party pooper in social gatherings.

The Narcoleptic is the travel buddy who loves to sleep it out in the hotel room. Or the travel buddy who always sleeps while on the road.

Advantage: If you love some peace and quiet during your travels then this is the perfect travel buddy for you.

Disadvantage: If you want someone to talk to while on the bus or on the plane then hmm yeah.

Furthermore, if you wish to go an adventure filled trip then this travel buddy may not be suited for such travel.

In worst case scenarios itineraries may be cancelled since this travel buddy is too tired to join you for that day.

7. The Can I Have Some of That Buddy

This travel buddy’s favorite phrase? Yes you guessed it!

Can I have some of that food? Can I have some of that lotion? Can I have some of that water?

The travel buddy who always asks whatever is in your hand.

Advantage: Well if you brought a tub of sunscreen that will expire by the end of your trip then it wouldn’t come to waste when you’re traveling with this one right here.

Disadvantage: When you bought supplies only for yourself then you’d definitely be visiting the nearest convenience store all throughout your trip.

But hey sharing is caring right! Right?

8. The Daredevil

Your adventurous travel buddy. The individual who is willing to bungee jump, ride roller coasters and skydive.

This type of travel buddy feeds on excitement and thrill.

Advantage: There is never a dull moment with the adrenaline junky Daredevil. Expect to have an adventure packed travel if you’re traveling with this travel buddy.

Disadvantage: If you have extreme fears. Expect that the Daredevil would want you to conquer that fear. This travel buddy would stop at nothing until you jumped of that cliff or rode the 360 looped roller coaster.

9. The Pocketful of Sunshine

Travel Buddy: Pocketful of Sunshine

The Pocket Full of Sunshine traveler always remain positive and calm in any situation. The travel buddy that’s made up of sugar, spice and everything nice.

Even if your 5 minutes away from missing your flight. Or there was a mix up with your hotel booking. The Pocketful of Sunshine still finds the silver lining in those untoward situation.

Advantage: We all need that ray of sunshine while traveling. This travel buddy is a good source of that energy.

Disadvantage: You may make poor judgement calls because of the infectious positivism of the Pocketful of Sunshine.

10. The Walking Subtitle

We all know of someone who has a reaction to every situation regardless if it calls for it or not. (Quick tag this person in this article).

The individual who always shrieks, shouts or laughs the loudest. The travel buddy who has an opinion to almost everything and reacts to almost anything.

Advantage: Never a dull moment when you are with a Human Subtitle. Expect candid remarks and reactions wherever you go.

Disadvantage: It could get a tad bit annoying when you’re traveling with a living subtitle especially if your one who does not want attention.

11. The Package Deal

Now this type of travel buddy also has his own travel buddy. Who also has their own set of travel buddies who also have their own set of travel buddies…You know where this is heading right?

And when any of these travel buddies decide not to push through with the trip then the other one cancels. Until you eventually ended up doing the trip solo.

Advantage: If everyone decides to go then it’s one heck of a party

Disadvantage: If anyone cancels you may end up traveling alone.

12. The Paw Parent

Travel Buddy: Paw Parent

The travel buddy who loves animals. The person who stops on their tracks just to pet a dog or a cat (or both) on your travel.

The Pet Parent also may go on a monologue of how that cute animal reminds them of the furry babies they left at home. How they can’t wait to hug them after the trip.

Lastly, if the Pet Parents can take their furry babies with them on the trip they will!

Advantage: If you’re a pet lover then you and the Pet Parent can get along

Disadvantage: If you’re not into pets then find a neutral topic you can chat about. – I love pets so I can’t even think of a disadvantage-LOL!

13. The Parent Trap

Travel Buddy: Parent Trap

These are the moms and dads who just wants to go on a quick vacation. After years of convincing them to travel. They finally did it!

Just like the Pet Parents random kids or anything that reminds them of their adorable offspring may trigger a phone call or a skype video call to find out how their kids are doing.

Regardless, they always allocate time to check on their kids while on the trip.

Advantage: Their instincts as a parent will kick in thus they will be taking care of you throughout the duration of the trip.

Disadvantage: You may be in for a roller coaster ride especially if its their first time being away from their family.

14. The Lost In Space

The travel buddy who has no sense of direction whatsoever!

That despite having a map, google directions and the direction of bystanders this type of travel buddy can’t seem to find their way… anywhere!

Heck, they would even get lost in places they frequently visit if they change their usual route.

Advantage: If you like being lost then by all means travel with Lost in Space. Perhaps you may discover hidden destinations when you get lost together.

Disadvantage: Well as long as you handle the navigation then there wouldn’t be a problem. Just make sure you don’t let Lost in Space travel buddy out of your sight! Now that’s a problem you do not want to have while traveling.

Any Other Types you can think of?

So there we have it the list of 14 Types of Travel Buddy. Anyone of the 14 matches who you are as a traveler? Or do you know of someone who fits any of the 14?

I bet most of you lovely readers can associate yourself to more than one type of travel buddy. And perhaps one type matches or goes so well with that particular type of travel buddy.

Boy I can play around with this topic all day long. I am pretty sure this is not the last that you will read about the types of travel buddy.

As I am ending this post quirky ideas are circling through my mind. Hmmm how about creating a list of the top 10 Travel Buddy Types to avoid while on travel.

Well that could be for another post and definitely will be keeping those photo’s generic because I sure as hell will be losing friends if I place their photos on that list.

Anyway, thanks for reading my post and if you enjoyed reading, profiling yourself or your friends with the types of travel buddy then feel free to share, like and tag your friends in this article.

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Erik James aka Erik the Hungry Traveller is a Human Resource Ninja and at the same time a travel & food blogger. He uses his passion for the arts particularly with painting and photography to add more fun and color to his social media pages. He loves extreme adventures and does not back out on any food challenge. His passion for food and travelling started during his childhood years where he would accompany his parents to business trips around the Philippines. He currently focuses on writing blogs on solo travelling and trying out restaurants that are not your usual run of the mill places. To counter his extreme love for travelling and FOOD he also enjoys swimming and mix martial arts so that he can stay “relatively” fit and healthy. Instagram : Facebook: Email: [email protected]


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    That´s a hilarious list of travel buddies and it is soo true! I acknowledge a few and see them in a couple of my friends who joined me on the one or the other trip 😀 Great job! Thanks for putting that together!

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    Oh reading this made me giggle. My husband is the Daredevil, I’m the Sunshine and my daughter is definitely the Can I have Some? haha

    Great social commentary on travellers

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    LOVE LOVE LOVE this kind of post. Your humour is amazing and this article is so accurate! I especially love the Selfie-holic one haha! What a wonderful read. Thank you for sharing

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    LOL. This is an amusing list. I can totally identify myself and my travelling partner in several a number of types listed. I’m definitely The Hungry Traveller and I love trying out local cuisine. While my partner is definitely the daredevil as he is adventurous, so am I actually. We haven’t done skydiving yet but we have climbed a few mountains and went to remote places in Australia and Indonesia.

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    What a fun post! I can definitely say I’ve traveled with a handful of these buddies. But some of these remind me why I love Solo travel!

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      Amandeep Kaur @Light Travel Action

      That was such a fun post to read 😄😂 I have been with selfieholics, daredevil, Can I have some of that, Package deal and OOTD.. So many people came into my mind while going through this post. Sometimes I become the Budgetarian and also guilty of being lost in space a few times!! 🤣

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    Thelittlelai: Beyond limits

    Truly, this post has a boat load of amazing and interesting sense of humor, especially for travelers that can truly relate to this. I love that you were able to come up with this, and many travelers have met some of these kind of travelers on their adventures. Personally, I encounter most of these types of travelers, and this actually made my travel journey amazing because of these different types of travel buddy. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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    Hilarious! Not sure which one I fit in but all I know is that I am craving a very solo trip after reading about these buddies lol. It’s been a while, I am just looking forward to not worrying about anyone one’s needs.

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    Hilarious post!!! My kids are the hungry travelers and I end up being the one carrying eight meals worth of food in my purse- somehow it’s still NEVER enough!!!

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    I’m the pocketful of sunshine and the hungry traveler, is that allowed lol! I’m always good fun too, but of course I’m biased!

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    Hahaha! I can’t stop laughing while reading the whole list of type of travel buddies. Amongst all I would keep myself to Daredevil type travel buddy. 😉

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    Bernadette Jackson

    Ah that’s brilliant! I’ve spotted friends, and I’ve blushed when I found myself. As a card carrying Pocket Full of Sunshine (known at home as Pollyanna), it would do me a lot of good to admit sometimes that things are pants. Partnered up with Mr Lost In Space, we’ve definitely found ourselves here. Or maybe we will have found ourselves two wrong turns and a white-knuckle crossing of a four lane road later.

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    What a fun post to read! I could identify some of my friends falling in each category and it made me smile. Thanks for sharing this post as it refreshed some of my favorite travel memories of our group travels.

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    Mirela | The Travel Bunny

    Haha, I love this! I’m a Pocketful of Sunshine traveling with a Daredevil. (And marrying him in a few months, too!) We are budget travelers, but while we try to keep costs low we don’t stress over it or do a lot of math while on holiday.

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    Renata -

    I am a determined solo-traveller, but if I’d decide to take someone with me, a pocket full of sunshine would also fit in my luggage.
    With a selfie-taker, though, the trip would be over before we even set foot on foreign soil….
    Very funny – but also true 😉 – post!

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    Oh my. I’m tired with a selfie-taker. (You can tell by their pictures on social media). Don’t you think the OOTD Buddy is more to people from Southeast Asia? I’m from Indonesia, so I KNOW! My sister is one of them. lol.

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