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Matchmaker: How to Find Your Travel Soulmate

September 4, 2015

Your travel soulmate usually isn’t your spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend, or even your best friend, says Amy Van Doran, founder of the NYC matchmaking service, the Modern Love Club.

“Finding someone you travel well with is just as hard, if not harder, than finding a romantic match,” she says. “Travel brings out the best and worst in us, and you need to find someone to complement your travel style.” Here are her tips for finding your dream travel partner.

1. Match Personalities
“If you’re super type A and need to have everything organized and planned, it’s likely traveling with a type B, go-with-the-flow partner will drive you crazy. If you’re really independent, you probably don’t want a needy travel buddy who can’t be alone and is always looking for attention. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you have to babysit someone. On the flip side, if you’re more introverted, it might be good for you to travel with someone who is a bit more extroverted and isn’t afraid to ask for advice and talk to strangers.”

2. Compare Baggage
“If you show up with a Kate Spade weekender bag and your travel partner arrives with a Louis Vuitton trunk collection it might not be a match made in heaven. I get annoyed if someone has a different baggage style. People who travel light often know how to roll with the punches. A ton of luggage can be a red flag that the person has a lot of emotional baggage or separation anxiety.”

3. Talk Travel Philosophy
“Some people take vacation and some people travel. You want to be sure you are taking a trip for the same reasons. Are you looking to go to Cabo or Hawaii and relax by a pool? Or do you want to climb mountains and backpack and seek out adventure?”

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