“Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing” –Elie Wiesel.
Travelling with a best friend is one of the greatest adventures you can embark on. Laughing until you can’t breathe, exploring beautiful countries side by side, and meeting new friends are just a few of the lifelong memories you will share together.
It sounds great, doesn’t it? And it is! If you’re prepared for the realities of travelling with a bestie. I’ve traveled with my closest best friends ever since I can remember, and have so many shared adventures and memories to look back on. If you’re looking to travel with your best friend, here are some things you should know before your trip:
There Will Be Ups and Downs
Like with any vacation you take there will be the great moments, and the not so great moments. At times you’ll definitely have a few small disagreements, arguments, or just simple moments of getting on each other’s nerves- best friends bicker and fight, that’s just part of the deal! The good news is, all you can do is try and not sweat the small stuff. Even if you feel like you’re right, sometimes it’s easier to swallow your pride and let the moment pass.
Gaining A Stronger Bond
“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them”- Mark Twain. Chances are, if you’re best friends with someone you know them inside and out and all the way through. If you don’t, travelling is one of the best ways to get to know someone. If you have a solid, true friendship then your bond will only strengthen through travelling. You’ll come back feeling even closer than before, and will always have the wonderful memories you made while travelling to reminisce about together.
Compromise, Compromise, Compromise!
Sometimes, you have to do things you don’t exactly want to do and put your bestie first. You might have to visit a museum you would never visit in a million years, or spend the day at the beach when you’d rather be shopping. Doing things you wouldn’t normally do isn’t always a bad thing- you’ll step outside of your comfort zone and gain unique experiences you otherwise wouldn’t have! It’s all worth it to see your best friend happy, and if the two of you can sacrifice certain things for one another, you’ll both be able to cross off your top to do’s on your bucket list.
You Will Grow
Travelling is a transforming experience. It changes the way you see the world, and many times, the way you see yourself. As best friends who are travelling together, you will both change in unique ways. Different moments will touch you, and different experiences will stay with you. The great thing about this is you have the chance to gain an entirely different perspective on your trip, offered by your very best friend.
Have you ever traveled with your best friend? How was your experience?