It’s the last month of peak-season summer travel, but if you haven't made plans to take a vacation, don't let the time crunch force you into a hasty (and regrettable) decision — especially when it comes to choosing your travel buddy. Even if you book trip of a lifetime
, the wrong companion can make it miserable.
Of course, you can't always travel with the perfect person (there's no such thing!). There are just some people who are great in small doses and not so great 24/7. As a music reporter and host/producer of a travel show, I’ve spent more than 10 years traveling the world with a wide variety of friends and colleagues — with the best and worst personalities — and it's taught me a lot about what makes a good travel buddy.
Read on for five essential tips that will help you choose the right person to accompany you on your next adventure. After all, the shared experience of traveling with a friend should make your friendship stronger, not ruin it.