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I am trying find a phrase or just a word that expresses the friend who travels with you along your trip or journey.

You are my best ____ .

How can I call this person?

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up vote 13 down vote accepted

Companion means exactly this, without any addition. The word has expanded over time, but the original sense (and meaning 1a in the OED) is

One who associates with or accompanies another; a mate; a fellow.

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The Doctor has his companions, and that is good enough a word for me. – Mostlyharmless Jul 19 '11 at 15:10
@Dino Beytar - If you were to use this word, you should probably consider changing your example sentence to You are my boon companion. – T.E.D. Jul 19 '11 at 17:57
@TED - boon companion means close friend? – dino Jul 19 '11 at 19:19
The very fact that it has "expanded over time" suggests to me that it is (now) often worth the additional clarifying word; thus I prefer Urbycoz's answer. (Though your answer is of course not wrong and won't get any downvote from me.) – John Y Jul 19 '11 at 22:20
'companion' is technically correct, but not something anyone would actually say, mainly because the word 'best' is not appropriate here. – Benubird Aug 19 '13 at 13:27

You could use any of the following:

travelling companion / travelmate / travel partner

Myself, I would probably favour "travelling companion".

Edit: As several people have pointed out, the word "companion" alone would be sufficient.

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What about Travel Chumb. I just found it... – dino Jul 19 '11 at 12:38
Surely, you mean travel chum ? No, travelling companion is perfectly fine. – pavium Jul 19 '11 at 12:42
@dino: You can shorten it to just "companion" if you want. – MrHen Jul 19 '11 at 12:53
"Companion" is standard. – The Raven Jul 19 '11 at 13:25
I kind of think "companion" alone has been co-opted as a SO/partner/girlfriend synonym, and would stick with "traveling companion". – smackfu Jul 19 '11 at 14:12

How about travelling buddy?

Definition of Buddy is, a friend or partner for a particular activity, and it is often used in that sense. E.g, "climbing buddy", "diving buddy", etc.

You are my best companion is technically correct, but not something someone would ever say, because 'best' implies a comparison that is not appropriate to the term 'companion', given the modern broadening of the meaning of the word. Buddy still has a limited range of interpretation though, and so You are my best travelling buddy is something that one might actually hear.

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comrade would suit as an alternative if you must use a single word especially as it owes its origins to the same French source as the word camaraderie

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