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If you want a good travel companion, look for this personality trait

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Vacationing with someone who isn’t on the same page with your travel plans can be a complete buzzkill. For those of us who travel to explore exotic destinations, eat new foods, and go on once in a life time adventures, dragging around someone who isn’t interested in trying new things could be a total nightmare.

According to a new survey from the Hilton Curio Collection, the best people to travel with if you seek new adventures, are those who are always curious. Even though the “wanderlust gene” (DRD4-7R) is only found in about 20% of people, 91% of the people on the survey said they thought of themselves as curious and 73% of those chose to travel to express their curiousity.

I mean, it sounds obvious, right?

Over 90% of the respondents took trips to learn something new. 64% considered curious people as the perfect travel companion. 65% preferred to travel with a spouse or significant other as the best companion, while only 25% preferred to travel alone.

Here are the full list of findings.

  • There’s always room for growth: Sixty percent of people believe they are more curious than the average person, yet more than half (53 percent) want to be more open to new experiences.
  • Education motivation: More than 90 percent of people take trips to learn something new, and 79 percent consider learning something new while on vacation a priority.
  • No time for naps: Fifty-five percent of travelers say that vacations are primarily a way to explore, not to relax.
  • Unique exploration: Fifty-seven percent of travelers wish they could spend more time exploring the things they are most curious about, such as visiting ancient ruins, eating dinner at a well-regarded restaurant or experiencing a safari.
  • Perfect travel partner: Sixty-four percent describe the perfect travel companion as someone who is curious. 65 percent consider a spouse or significant other as the best travel partner for new experiences, while 25 percent would prefer to travel alone.

“Curio Collection by Hilton commissioned two online surveys: a 5-minute study among a nationally-representative sample of over 1,000 U.S. adults ages 18+ (fielded January 19 – 22, 2018), and a 20-minute study among a nationally-representative sample of over 1,000 U.S. travelers adults ages 18+ who took two or more trips in the past 12 months (fielded April 12 – May 7, 2018). The margin of error for both samples is +/- 3.1% at the 95% confidence level. The surveys were fielded by Edelman Intelligence.”

The next time you’re looking for friends to tag along on your travel adventures, make sure they are more interested in merely taking selfies by the hotel pool.

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