Finding the Right Travel Partner

Now that you are part of the Baby Boomer generation or close to it, you may have the freedom to travel and be able to leave your home at the drop of a hat.

If you are married, you and your husband might be old hats at this.

However, if you now find yourself on your own, there are key considerations to picking a suitable travel partner. One solution might be to travel together but get separate rooms. This is far more expensive, but an option, if you need to take it. A wonderful trip can become a nightmare if you don’t do your homework in selecting the right travel partner.

I am fortunate to have several friends, both married and single, who are excellent travel partners. What they have in common are the following attributes:

1. Flexible – “Ok, if we can’t go in October, how about November?”
2. Fun Loving – “Oh, put on your big girl panties and let’s try it!”
3. Adventurous – “Hey, why not? You, go first!”
4. Not Whiners – “Oh just be quiet, already!”
5. Sense of Humor – “Man, alive, I can’t believe we just did that!”
6. Independent – “We don’t have to goose step each other all over the place.”
7. Honest Communicators – “Hey, there is something I need to tell you.”

My suggestion is that before planning a long trip with a prospective travel buddy, take a short weekender to test the water.

I remember going to the San Francisco with a group of girlfriends. It became real clear to me who I could travel with and who I couldn’t travel with.

If you ask 50,000 questions regarding what we should wear or where we will eat or do we need to park there and are constantly sending food back to the kitchen…you are NOT the correct traveling partner for me.

Do your homework & bon voyage!!

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Beatrice Bailey

Beatrice Bailey was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa to a Baptist minister father and a mother who was a gospel recording artist. She has three sisters and one brother. She attended the University of Iowa and graduated with a BA in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento. Retired since 2004 from management positions with both the Xerox Corporation and the State of California, Bea now conducts customized seminars on “Budgeting for the Not So Rich and Famous”, “Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together…The Ultimate Balancing Act,” as well as interview techniques entitled, “Selling the Sizzle and Not the Steak.” In addition, she is an active member of St. Paul Baptist Church in Sacramento, CA, where she is an Adult Sunday School teacher. Bea has been a Head Feature Writer for Senior Magazine of Northern California. She also writes a monthly newspaper column entitled, “Uniquely Bea” Currently, she has authored a best-selling book, entitled, "Farewell, My Friend” and is conducting presentations and book signings throughout the United States and Mexico. "Radio Luz,” a Spanish Speaking Christian Radio Station, has interviewed her multiple times. Bea also was selected to be included in a book by The Author’s Show, as one of the "50 Outstanding Writers You Should Be Reading”. Bea has produced and hosted a new innovative television show, “A-Z with Bea”, which aired in November 2009 on RCCTV, Sacramento, CA. Bea is active at St. Paul Baptist Church and is an Adult Sunday school Teacher, and a Small Accountability Group Leader. She is a member of Kaiser’s Bio-Ethics Committee and on the Board of Advisors for the East Lawn Corporation. Recently, she has been asked to participate as a speaker with the Black Health Today national organization. To relax, Bea likes to work out at the gym, walk, knit, paint, sew, cook, garden, and read. Traveling within the United States, Mexico, Asia, the Caribbean, South America and Europe is one of Bea’s true passions. She has two adult children, one “bonus son”, five wonderful grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She resides in Northern California.

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