Traveling with a Friend For The First Time
Recently I wrote an article about the beauty of traveling alone, but I felt that it would be appropriate to follow-up with a post about the bonding experience that occurs when you travel with others. On my journey throughout Europe I had the opportunity to not only meet, but also travel with some of the best people I’ve ever encountered. Little did I know that these people would influence me in a way that I would’ve never imagined possible and here’s how.
As one of the many people who enjoys both the introverted and extroverted sides of life, I’ve always cherished my alone time as well as the time I take to meet new people and enjoy life with them. Through my adventures I’ve found that traveling with new people creates a strong, unwavering bond between a still-blooming friendship. Just like how traveling alone helps you to discover more about yourself, traveling with someone new works to help you discover more about that person and the friendship you have with them.
Some call it luck, but I call it fate. It just so happens that deciding to study abroad with a program that wasn’t offered through my school was a much better choice than a direct exchange program. I didn’t have the typical study abroad experience living with a host family, instead I lived in an apartment with a girl I had never met before and she was honestly the best roommate I’ve ever had. She knew more people than I did at first, which was great because she helped me to step outside of my comfort zone and meet new people. I ended up becoming best friends with these girls and together we took on Europe the way it was meant to be taken on.
Throughout this experience, I met my best friend and to this day we can still pinpoint the one trip that took our relationship from friends to best friends. Believe it or not, it was our first trip together. The first trip you take with a friend is a defining moment in your friendship. It doesn’t even have to be the best trip to make you best friends, it just has to be a trip that both of you can look back on, laugh and learn from the experience. In the case of the first trip with my best friend, it wasn’t our best trip together but the fact that we were together and made the best of it is what made it worth remembering.
When you travel with someone, you see a side of them you’ve never seen before and how you handle this new experience will determine if you come back from the trip closer than ever before or ready to move on. Traveling with someone new is the best way to see if the relationship is meant to last because if you can’t travel together, how do you expect to stay friends with this person in the long run? Just some food for thought.