Picking The Right Travel Buddy
Traveling, the ultimate test of any friendship and relationship. If you can survive a trip with your friend, well your friendship is pretty solid.
When it comes to traveling, I am super cautious about who I take my trips with. After all, you're going to be spending everyday with this person for X amount of days. If it ends up going sour, you can't really do anything about it. But, if it ends up being one of the best trips ever, you've found your ideal travel buddy.
Finding the right person to travel with is tough. I've gone on trips with plenty of people and while some were good, others were horrible.
To determine if your friend is the right travel buddy for you, ask yourself these questions:
- Are you two able to survive a weekend together? This should be the first step before any big trip. It'll show each other's sleeping habits, planning/organization styles, and whether you two can share a confined space.
- Do you two share the same work/life balance and/or ethics? For example, if he/she prefers partying all night while you enjoy early mornings, that might be a problem when sharing rooms or coming up with itinerary.
- Do your personalities mesh? When it comes to figuring out what to do during the trip, where to eat, and even where to stay, your personalities will play a huge factor on preferences.
Lastly, is he/she reliable and by that I mean if a situation arise during the trip, you can totally count on the other person to help out and/or be there. In other words, there's no history of flaking or no-show's.
Luckily for me, I have Pau. She's my go-to when it comes to trips and with this last one to Asia, it further deepened our friendship and I couldn't have asked for a better person to go with. We've been busy most of the year on our own individual projects and the last trip we took was probably back in January, for my birthday in Napa. So this was long overdue and I'm excited for our upcoming trip to Montreal this week!
As silly as it sounds, the process of choosing a phone case is similar to picking your travel buddy. You go through the same selective process, as you've invested in your phone already and if you have the X, you definitely paid a pretty penny and don't want to damage it. Therefore, it's natural to want to research the most reliable and trustworthy cases prior to purchasing.
When it comes to protecting my phone, I want something that is also functional and slim. After all, who wants to add on unnecessary weight? Knowing I was going to have my phone in hand throughout Asia, I decided to partner up with the #1 seller for smartphone cases and tables, Otterbox.
Otterbox was founded in 1998 and it's a well-known name in the industry. While they're most popular for their industrial cases, they recently released their stylish Symmetry series. I was quick to grab their ultra slim cases for the trip, particularly these two (featured below). These lightweight cases guarantees protection from drops, bumps, and scrapes - which is perfect for a clumsy klutz like me! If it wasn't for the case and the protective screen cover, my phone would be in pieces by now.
When your phone is your life, you have to do whatever it takes to protect it. After all, how else would I be able to share my adventures with you all?
Photos by KSOLE
This post is in partnership with Otterbox, however all opinions and photos are of my own.