Embarking on a big trip with a friend or significant other can be a major commitment. It means spending a lot of time with each other in an unknown place, dealing with travel snafus together, and compromising on what to see and do at your destination. While you can't always predict how well you may travel with someone, a new study finds that there is one personality trait that travelers look for the most in those they want to explore the world with: curiosity.
A recent study from Curio Collection by Hilton discovered that 64% of people describe the perfect travel companion as someone who is curious. The hotel company commissioned two online surveys to come to this conclusion, one of which studied U.S. adults ages 18 and older while the other evaluated adults who reported taking two or more trips in the previous year.
In addition to learning that curiosity is the key to a good travel companion, the study also found that 65% of people consider their spouse or significant other as the best travel partner for new experiences. Meanwhile, 25% of participants revealed that they prefer to travel solo. Finally, consistent with the finding that most travelers want to take trips with curious people, the study found that 55% of people believe that vacations are for exploring, not relaxing.
If this study is any indication, you'll want to take stock of your potential travel buddy's curiosity before booking any flights.