Where can I find a travel companion for an African Adventure?
(Cape Town, South Africa)
I am looking for a female travel companion over the age of 60 to accompany me on a road trip from Cape Town to the Caprivi Strip (Namibia), Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique and return to Cape Town via KZN and the Garden Route to Cape Town. The journey will be +/- 6 weeks commencing 24th June 2011. The first section to Zim (Mana Pools) will be camping and thereafter will be chalets. I am driving my own vehicle and require a co-driver.
Answer: The first thing to do, Bronwen, is to look at my page on finding female travel companions.
A few more resources I haven't mentioned that you could try include Travel Chums (about 15% of their members are in your age range), Companions2Travel (paying site), and Travel For Solos.
And in case you haven't done it yet, you could put an ad up on Gumtree, which is South Africa-specific.
I hope you'll find someone - it sounds like a great trip! Botswana and Namibia are two countries I've never been to and would love to visit! I'm visiting South Africa in June but won't get further afield than Durban and Jo'Burg this time. No matter - I'm thrilled to be back after a four-year absence. Good luck with your travel companion hunt!
Where can I find young senior women travel companions in the US?
by Deanne Pfiffner
(Westminster/Broomfield Co US)
I would just like female companions to spend time and share hotel expenses to travel in Las Vegas, beach destinations, or United States fun destinations site seeing to not so far destinations. I have spent much time caregiving my female relatives which have all passed away now and I'm now totaly lost for some one on one female friends to talk, shop, just eat out....or see a chic flix movie ocassionally with here at home in good ole Colorado USA. Senior Center social activites haven't been very helpful in finding that kind of friendship as usually those are planned group trips with ladies having gone there for years and seem to have their own established friends.(Where as I had so many female relative friends.) I'm 68, Christian, and married 48 years.
Answer: It's amazing how often this type of question comes up - and how often women are looking for other women to travel with. So first, let me point you towards a few answers I recently provided for Susan, who asked about finding adventurous travel companions, and Gloria, who wanted to know about buddy systems.
You might also find a few tips on my female travel companions page. Good luck Deanne! I know there are lots of women out there looking for fellow travelers!
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What sources do you have for finding a travel companion?
I have always preferred independent (self-planned, unpackaged) travel but since I became a widow I have missed having company at least part of the time. Because I am not gay many of the women-only travel groups don't fit my style. How can I best find an independent straight mature woman to share independent adventurous travel?
Answer: A good place to find women to travel with you is to advertise on the basic travel forums - it's free and you can post the same query on several boards. You should definitely try Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree and BootsNAll, and use Google to search for "travel forums" that have a companions' or a women's thread.
For additional information and travel groups, have a look at Female Travel Companions.
Is there a buddy system to find travel partners?
Do you know of any indiviuals/groups that "buddy up" to travel together? I am interested in visiting Washington State but don't have any one to travel with.
Answer: Sometimes women would rather not travel solo and when that's the case, finding a travel buddy is a good option. There are plenty of female travel companions to be had, if that's what you want. Another good place to look for any travel companions is on one of the web's best travel forums, most of which have some kind of travel matching thread.
There are also many specialized services or websites that are designed only or mostly to help people find someone with whom to travel. I'm thinking of TravBuddy, Travel Friend US, Travel Chums, Solo Traveller or Travelers Meeting, just to name a few - there are plenty more. And lets not forget the ever-popular Craigslist - just look for your city and check the personals.
Some of these sites are designed to find you travel companions inside the US, while others might match you up with foreigners coming to the US, which could be fun too!
Another good way to find a travel buddy is by checking bulletin boards in universities and youth hostels - because that's where the greatest concentration of young travelers will be.