7 Types of Travel Companions

How do you act when you’re traveling? Read this article and find out what type of companion you are!

By Mathew S. Chan
November 26, 2014


What kind of persona do you embody when you’re traveling with a group? Are you the type of friend who likes managing everything? Perhaps you’re more likely to break away from your barkada and wander off on your own. Intrigued yet? If you want to know what kind of travel companion you are, we’ve listed seven types below. Which one are you? How about your friends? Let us know in a comment!

The Banker

The Banker has two types: the generous, kind version and the egotistic, controlling version. If you are the former, you’re the kind of person who doesn’t really have a problem shouldering the bulk of the trip costs. You just happen to have the money, and you don’t mind spending a bit so that you and your friends can have a good time. Be careful, though, because your kindness can be abused. You could always be the opposite: you pay for everything to use it as ammunition against your friends in the future.

The Flake

You have a great time and have an awesome rapport with you friends on the way to your destination, but the minute you get there, poof, you are gone. Whether or not it’s intentional, you always seem to find yourself straying away from the pack and exploring the place (and even the people in the area). You may see your friends maybe one or two more times, but they’re really more likely to see you at check-out time.

The Freeloader

If there is someone who pays for everything, then naturally there is someone who doesn’t pay at all. And that person just happens to be you. You probably have the money, but you’re extremely frugal and find ways to avoid having to pay for anything, effectively annoying your friends. You usually have the most energy and are often the one who suggests a lot of activities (this takes a lot of nerve, considering you don’t plan on paying a single centavo). Somehow you get by and still manage to have friends. How? Sometimes that eludes you as well.

The Organizer

You are the busy bee that controls the entire trip. As the person who makes everything happen, you are also the most frazzled. From planning to booking to managing the actual trip, you are the point person. More often than not, you end up stressing yourself out and resenting your friends for being able to enjoy everything. Without you, though, there would be no happy friends, no great room with a view, and no nice travel deals. Just the thought of having made everything possible makes you happy most of the time, but you should really learn to enjoy the trips more. After all, you planned them, so you might as well enjoy them.

The Bamboo
There is that one friend who is easily swayed, the one that bends where the wind blows. It’s not that you don’t have your own opinion or your own capacity to make decisions. It just so happens that there are already sides, and you just take the one that has the most people rooting for it. You feel that where the majority is happens to be the best decision, but when a good argument arises you are not afraid to switch sides. Sometimes you like just being in the periphery, but when there’s a need to make a decision, you magically appear, as if sprouting from the ground, ready to break the tie.

The Wallflower

You are the silent watcher of things. You agree to go on trips, but in your opinion, participation is always optional. You watch things from afar because, well, it’s better that way. You’re part of the group but at the same time out of place, so you think it’s best not to get in the way of others. In short, you are just there, handy for taking pictures or when something needs to get done. Whether or not you get amusement or pleasure out of your trips is something you still have to evaluate.

The Tourist
Technically speaking, all travelers are tourists, but there is one person in particular who makes it more obvious. You are the type of person who constantly takes pictures: of buildings, random people on the street, the food you’re eating, a weird colloquial sign you can post on Instagram, and more. Most of all, you take the most random selfies and constantly photograph your friends. They love it and you love it, but everyone else in the area is probably looking at you strangely. Taking photos for keepsakes is all well and good, but don’t let that get in the way of making actual memories on your trip.