Whether you鈥檙e headed off to scope out some of the world鈥檚 most colorful places, take an Instagram-inspired outdoor adventure, or finally cash in on the unbelievable flight deal you found earlier this year, traveling with some of your BFFs is a surefire way to make memories you鈥檒l love forever. For the best group trip ever, invite true friends who will each bring something unique to the group and help create an inspiring dynamic. Scroll on for 12 personality types that can work especially well, as shared by seasoned travelers.


1. The Independent: 鈥淣ow that I鈥檓 in my 30s, I really appreciate independent traveling companions; that is, one that I don鈥檛 feel the need to constantly entertain and who is happy to spend a few hours apart every once in awhile,鈥 Kelly Soderland from Hipmunk tells us. 鈥淧eople have different interests and activity levels, and the last thing I ever want to feel guilty about while traveling is doing something that I want to do 鈥 or feel afraid that I might be hurting someone鈥檚 feelings by not including them.鈥

2. The Free Spirit: Whether it鈥檚 trying out new foods, strolling through unfamiliar areas, or taking part in a cultural tradition, traveling with someone who鈥檚 happy to go with the flow can seriously add to a free-spirited vibe on your trip. 鈥淪ome of my best days traveling have been unplanned and seeing where the day takes me; having an equally open-minded sidekick makes it all the better,鈥 Meg from Makers Travelers says.

3. The Bilingual Friend: Even though smartphones have made it substantially easier to communicate in a foreign country, having a friend that speaks the language is like being in the FastPass line at Disneyland 鈥 it鈥檚 just more efficient. 鈥淵ou鈥檒l be able to get insider tips from the locals and have the ability to know exactly what you鈥檙e ordering on the menu,鈥 Meg promises.


4. The Insta-Traveler: 鈥Though this friend believes that failing to post pics to social media makes it seem like the trip never happened and will spend hours trying to score the money shot (and then some more hours finding the right filter), you鈥檙e glad to have traveled with them because you鈥檒l have a killer album to capture all the memories,鈥 Monika from mymonpie admits.

5.The Culture Buff: Ever travel with someone who loved galleries, museums, monuments, and guided tours? The culture buff makes each trip a little bit more educational, helping you learn about the culture and history of your destination. 鈥淭raveling with a culture buff friend is a great choice when it comes to cities with rich history,鈥 Monica says.

6.The Social Butterfly: 鈥淭he Social Butterfly attracts new friends like moths to a flame,鈥 Lia from Practical Wanderlust explains. 鈥淪he鈥檒l round up a group of fellow travelers to go out on the town with for the kind of crazy fun night you can only have while traveling. She鈥檒l strike up a conversation with a local and get a restaurant recommendation that you never would have found on your own. Don鈥檛 be surprised if her friendly charm lands you both freebies and extra-special treatment!鈥

7.The Navigator: Having a friend who makes it easy to hop around while traveling is always a super solid add to the group. 鈥淭here are, and were, plenty of times when we got lost and needed to figure out how to get back to our hostel or hotel,鈥 Paula from Curly Hair Adventures notes. 鈥淲ith limited WiFi and low cell phone battery, this friend is *really* important because they can usually memorize landmarks, subway maps, etc. to help find the best ways around throughout the entire trip.鈥

8.The Time Manager: Planning and showing up on time are two totally different travel skills, and the latter is ultra-important in making sure everything goes off without a hitch. 鈥淭his amazing friend will make sure that everyone wakes up in time to get to the walking tour, or arrives to the airport in time for a flight,鈥 Paula tells us. Amen.

9. The Problem Solver: 鈥淲hile the time manager will make sure everything goes as close to planned as possible, the problem solver is the one who鈥檚 quick on their toes and figures out how to get from point A to Z,鈥 Paula says. 鈥淔lights delayed or cancelled? This friend will figure out how to get a new flight booked without having to spend a fortune. Running late for a tour? This friend will try to find a quicker route so the tour everyone鈥檚 been waiting for doesn鈥檛 get missed.鈥

10. The Calmer: Explained to us as the 鈥測in to the planner鈥檚 yang,鈥 the calmer is your friend who takes the reins when something doesn鈥檛 go as planned. 鈥淪he鈥檚 the one who hands you a glass of wine when you鈥檙e stressed, takes charge of directions when you鈥檙e lost, and talks you off the ledge when you鈥檝e lost your train tickets,鈥 Alicia from NYC in a Day says.


11. The Foodie: Let鈥檚 face it: Everyone would be drinking Starbucks and snacking on plane pretzels if it weren鈥檛 for this magical friend. 鈥淪he鈥檚 the one who knows where to find the best street food in Thailand, the trendiest food craze in NYC, and that secret supper club in London that you heard about on the Food Network,鈥 Alicia swears.

12. The Realist: 鈥淭his friend reminds everyone when it鈥檚 time to go back home,鈥 Alicia shares. 鈥淪he鈥檒l gently keep everyone grounded when they鈥檙e ready to call their bosses and throw away their nine-to-five lifestyle for just one more week in Paris.鈥 Always appreciated in the moment? No. Seriously needed? Yes.

Which types of friends do you travel with? Tell us on Twitter @BritandCo or tag us in your best group shot on Instagram!

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