“A friend in need is a friend indeed.”
But a friend you can travel with is a friend for LIFE.
I learned this pretty quickly. My first trip. My first time on a plane. I was in the 8th grade going on that rite of passage… Washington D.C. with other 8th graders and my history teacher. Everyone does it. From the moment I stepped on the plane, I was hooked. I LOVED flying. This was going to be awesome. Until my dear friend and hotel roommate found a boy, a cute boy. As I sat on the floor outside my hotel room (locked out), wondering what the hell just happened; I realized something, you can be friends with a lot of people… but you sure can’t travel with all of them.
When you’re young, you don’t get to choose your travel partners. Usually they’re called “mom and/or dad”. But when you’re older, you learn to be more choosey about the people you log hours on planes, in cars and other more questionable modes of transportation with. You have to be on the same wavelength, otherwise, you want to lie on the beach while they want to go hike in the mountains. You want to snorkel in the ocean and they’re drunk at the bar. (Or maybe you’re the other person in this scenario…stay with me) Either way, somehow this wonderful person you adore has become the biggest trip nightmare.
Instead you want someone who at the end of a long trip, when neither of you has showered nearly enough, and you’ve both made some questionable choices when its 2am and you’ve got your beer goggles firmly attached; still likes you. Even though you SHOULD be sick of each other; you both dissolve into giggles at the slightest mention of your ridiculous adventures.
Chakrya is that person for me. We’ve been to Boston, New York, San Francisco, London
and Paris together. If I was writing a travel resume, I’d list her as my main reference. No one gets me and my travel bug like she does. I can count on her, when I’m having a bad day to text me with something along the lines of “Tickets to London are $450!” and just like that we’re preparing for an adventure. We haven’t met a cheap ticket we didn’t love.
The thing is, I don’t think everyone has a travel partner like that, and it’s too bad. Obviously not everyone is into the idea that they need to travel. Some have no interest in traveling with anyone. Some people are perfectly content to limit their travel to only what has only been (and always will be) in their comfort zone. I know a guy that goes to Reno, on the same flights, stays at the same resort, in the same room for every trip. And the thing is, he get just as excited about those trips as I do about 10 days in Europe with nothing but a return ticket holding me back. So, to each their own, but if you travel, you owe to yourself to really look and find someone who enhances your experience. Travel is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and having someone to share those moments with is an important part synthesizing the whole experience.
Because at the end of the day it’s not about the places you’ve been, or the things you’ve seen; it’s about the people that you choose to share it with that make the trip worth remembering.