Eight Ways Travel Enhanced Our Friendship

If you don’t know us, or have not read our introduction, here’s the short of it.  Brigette and I have been dear friends since high school.  Sometimes distance or time would stand between us, but we never gave up on our friendship.  In our mid twenties we went on a trip to Mexico & discovered how much tolerance we have for each other’s quirks, so a few months later we moved to South Boston together. We had more fun than words can describe.  Almost daily, we would laugh until we cried, rinse & repeat.  Five years ago we never would have imagined we’d be seeing the world together, but WE ARE!!!

Throw back to 2011!
A photo so old cameras still had film (2007)


Although our friendship was already solid, it has grown exponentially while sharing the unique & sometimes crazy experiences we encounter abroad.  While other people may not be entertained by our constant talk of all things travel, we never grow weary of the subject!  While other people may get annoyed by our incessant giggles, we never get tired of laughing at the same story a million times over.

Anyway, here’s a few ways travel has enhanced our friendship:



Nothing quite bonds two people like sharing a bathroom in a hotel room the size of a refrigerator box.  The bright side, we don’t have to stop our conversation when one of us goes to the bathroom.


Wanna know more about someone?  Spend 14 hours sitting next to them in a big tuna can in the sky. By the time you land, you will know each other’s eating & sleeping habits, as well as movie, book & music preferences!  Added bonus:  You’ll learn what their breath and armpits smell like after marinating in the same position for 14 hours!




To keep with the flying topic, you will learn each other’s reaction to turbulence.  Almost every time the seat-belt sign is illuminated, Brigette remains straight-faced, while I stare at her like the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” lady.  The one exception to this general behavior was on a flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka that encountered turbulence so strong the overhead bins were opening & the plane dropped several times.  We held hands while both silently planning our own funerals.  Try not being closer friends after that plane lands.


Whether we’re driving on the opposite side of the road in South Africa or taking the helm of a massive camper van in Iceland, we wouldn’t be able to do so without each other.  Every ship needs a captain & a navigator.  I’m typically at the wheel and my faithful sidekick interprets the GPS, plays DJ, ensures we aren’t driving on the wrong side of the road,  and most importantly feeds me snacks.  #teamwork

Bertha, our camper van, photo bombing in Iceland



This is the foundation on which our friendship is built.  We are each other’s biggest fans when it comes to humor.  Even if we’ve had the worst day ever we are still able to laugh.  Sometimes it may be laughs of pure insanity & through tears, but no matter what laughter feeds our souls.  We are blessed to be able to keep each other cackling through good times and bad!

Laughing at the waddling penguins at Boulder’s Beach, South Africa



If we’re being honest (or if you have read even one of our previous blog posts) we like to indulge in some wine at the end of the day any time of day.  It’s during these slightly hazy moments that we are 100% honest with each other.  We talk about life, love, religion, news, family, heartbreaks…a total myriad of subjects.  We laugh & we cry & we wake up in the morning with a bit of a hangover, but we always feel refreshed to have let so much off our chests.




Missing flights, crashing rental cars, changing travel plans, hopping into cars with strangers…the list goes on.  Countless times, we have found ourselves in situations that would send our parents in to orbit, but by the grace of God we have survived all of these mishaps and emerged as better friends.  Friendships are reciprocal and nothing proves that more so than exploring foreign lands together.

The time we went to Dubai on a whim (don’t do this!)


Does this need elaboration? When we can’t check our Instagram, Facebook, surf the web or text with family and friends we are left with only a few options; talk to each other, stare at the ceiling, watch the only channel broadcast in English (read: news) or sleep.  More often than not, we choose to talk to each other.  Thank G, we are both so interesting! (HA!)

This list could go on, but I think we’ve driven our point home.  Sharing our travels has made us the absolute best of friends.  Our lives are richer because of the friendship & experiences we share.  #BFF4L  (sorry, was feeling a bit nostalgic for the days of AIM away messages!).


Has travel changed your relationships?  Good or bad?


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  1. Tina and Jimmy

    October 24, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    So endearing, Would love to do some traveling with my besties! I have weekends away, and I’d add you get to know the funny sounds in the night like snoring or sounding like i’m choking on my tongue 🙂 Sounds like you have a really great friendship and so lucky to be able to share in your travels with each other!

    1. sarah.mamis@gmail.com

      October 24, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks so much! You made me laugh about the choking on the tongue thing. Luckily neither of us snore, or else I think our travels together would’ve ended long ago!

  2. Aisha

    October 24, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Hahah this was a fun read because I can relate to it completely with my own bff! We don’t travel together as much as you gals but even when we’re at home hanging out or staycationing the laughter and the misadventures never stop!

    1. sarah.mamis@gmail.com

      October 24, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      Thanks Aisha! Time spent with great friends, whether home or abroad, is the best!

  3. Gokul Raj

    October 24, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    That is such a lovely post, nice to see you both having a great time around the world. You girls are setting real friendship goals here. None of my friends love traveling as much as I do which made me a Solo Traveler which I do enjoy a lot by the way!!! Keep traveling and Have fun.

    1. sarah.mamis@gmail.com

      October 24, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      Thanks Gokul. We are so thankful we have each other, since I’m not certain either of us would survive solo! Sometimes we joke that together we make up one highly functioning adult! LOL.

  4. Hanani

    October 25, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    I used to travel everywhere with my girl (well, I still consider her my bff – she probably doesn’t anymore) but quite recently we had a falling out after 10 years of friendship. Silly thing like how she doesn’t fancy my decision of moving away from my country. She stopped talking to me though I tried so many times to reach out. Your post made me miss her a little.
    But life goes on, right? 🙂

    1. sarah.mamis@gmail.com

      October 27, 2016 at 12:51 am

      It sure does Hanani! While it may be hard to accept, I’m sure in time you would have grown apart anyways. Finding friends who understand your adult life and choices is not easy!

  5. Arnav @ Eat, Travel, Live and REPEAT

    October 25, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    I agree ! Traveling indeed forms a bond between two people like no other.Everyone has a travel buddy and they have become used to their habits and tantrums over the long run, which is what makes traveling together all the more joyful.

  6. Caitlin

    October 25, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Ah! What a great post!! I have only traveled a few times with my closest friends, but nothing like you two! I am eager to take a trip with my bestie down south, though! We want to go to Machu Picchu!

    1. sarah.mamis@gmail.com

      October 27, 2016 at 12:53 am

      Fun! You totally should! It can either make or break a friendship, but if it works out it is amazing!

  7. Ashley

    October 25, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    What a lovely and endearing post! My friends and I enjoy taking roadtrips – even just for a day to get out of town – so I can relate to this. There is nothing quite like enjoying a new place with loved ones.

  8. Ada

    October 25, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Great post! I don’t travel a lot with my girlfriend but i almost always travel with my husbands who is my best friend so it’s pretty much the same 🙂

  9. Elise

    October 26, 2016 at 2:11 am

    It is wonderful to have a true friend like that. You are both very lucky.

  10. Brigitte Varone

    October 26, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Thanks for sharing about your adventures with your friend. Who has the same name as I do. With one letter difference. Whenever anyone spelled my name for the first time, it was always, Bridget or a variation of that (was it the same for her?). Always had a D. That’s the Irish. Mine is French. My husband is my best friend. We’ve been together 19 years. I think he’s the only one I could travel with. We’re so similar (views, beliefs, interests) & even what we disagree upon, it’s ok. I’m a loner by nature & really enjoy my solitude. I’m glad the two of you make it work & are creating a stronger bond.

  11. Ankita

    October 26, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Hahaha! Great post. I love the way you write. Very funny and engaging! 🙂

    1. sarah.mamis@gmail.com

      October 27, 2016 at 12:54 am

      Thanks! That’s always the feedback I hope for!

  12. Sudipto De

    October 26, 2016 at 8:25 am

    The way you have described the growth of your friendship through your travails. It’s the same with me and my girlfriend. We just enjoyed and learnt new things about each other while travelling. Have you guys ever fought?

    1. sarah.mamis@gmail.com

      October 27, 2016 at 12:55 am

      A real fight? No. Passive aggressive behavior and disagreements? All.the.time.

  13. Emma

    October 26, 2016 at 10:35 am

    I’m not sure which of my friends I could travel with! 24 hours a day in someone’s company can stretch any relationship! Glad to see that you guys have it all figured out!!

  14. Sharon

    October 26, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Great tips – thanks for sharing. Although I wont be traveling anytime soon I can completely apply #8 to my life. TURN OFF THE WIFI and get to know a friend better!!!

  15. Sharleen

    October 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    First of all – well done the two of you for staying friends since high school! Quite an achievement! The mishaps and misadventures will probably bring the most giggles if you’re anything like me (well depending, maybe when you look back on them and not necessarily at the time?) Travelling is amazing, but travelling with someone you love is the best. Keep it up you two!

    1. sarah.mamis@gmail.com

      October 27, 2016 at 12:57 am

      Thanks Sharleen! We are lucky to have each other. 99% of the time we are giggling fools! I’m sure the people sitting near us on an overnight flight LOVE IT!

  16. Abhinav Singh

    October 26, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    That is so nice to know. I somehow avoid traveling with my friends because I end up fighting with them during travel, mostly due to lifestyle issue and different choices. Keep the friendship alive. Have fun!

  17. Local Nomads

    October 26, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Beautiful post, you’re basically a travel couple at this point! Gabby and I share many similarities here, co-bathrooming, mishaps, laughter, pilot and navigator, you really nailed it here. Traveling with a buddy really does strengthen your bond. Gabby and I are lucky enough not just to be a couple, but best friends too! Cheers!

    1. sarah.mamis@gmail.com

      October 27, 2016 at 12:58 am

      You guys have it made! We still both have to work on individual relationships!

  18. Beth | Adventuring the Great Wide Somewhere

    October 26, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Such a cute post! I especially agree with with no wifi thing, hah! Having a close friend to go on adventures with is the best! It makes the most of potentially crappy experiences and turns them into hilarious memories. Here’s to many more!

  19. Luca

    October 26, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    The first one beats everything ahahah
    For me sharing the bathroom is something extremely difficult to do, even with my partner. I can share whatever you want, but when I’m in, no matter the purpose of my presence, I have to be alone! 😀

    1. sarah.mamis@gmail.com

      October 27, 2016 at 12:59 am

      It’s the WORST.

  20. Emily

    October 26, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Such a sweet post. It’s great when you can travel together, go through so much and not want to throttle each other! I’ve never travelled with one friend for so long; I bet you have to learn to be adaptable pretty quickly. Have you guys ever fallen out?

    1. sarah.mamis@gmail.com

      October 27, 2016 at 1:02 am

      A real fall out? No. Disagreements? All the time! We are both very self aware and know exactly when we are annoying each other just a hair to much.

  21. Ashley

    October 26, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Living overseas the one person I truly miss is my best friend! You are both so lucky to form these bonds and share these moments together. As soon as I return home, we will be having an adventure together for sure. Your post made me so much more excited!

    1. sarah.mamis@gmail.com

      October 27, 2016 at 1:03 am

      Awww! I can’t imagine how excited you are to reunite!

  22. Punita

    October 27, 2016 at 4:09 am

    It was so great to read this post and know how close you both are to each other. Finding a best friend with whom you have such a comfort zone is one of the biggest blessings. Hope you stay in this bond for the longest time.

  23. Lee Rosales

    October 30, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Such a lovely frienship you have. I have never traveled with my my bestfriend but we are to do it next year. Though I have a travel partner and group but its much fun to travel with your close friend right?
    14hrs of flight – I will soon experience it nxtmonth. Im scared coz Im alone. Lol

    1. sarah.mamis@gmail.com

      November 1, 2016 at 12:14 am

      You will be just fine on your long-haul flight. Lots of time to ponder life, catch up on movies, & catch a little nap!

  24. WhereMonicaGoes

    October 30, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    This post makes me smile. I love reading your article and it makes me remember my friends I have met and traveled with. I totally agree with your points made especially #7 mishaps and misadventures.

  25. Gareth

    October 30, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Yet another really life-affirming post Sarah, great stuff. It’s great that you’ve managed to maintain such a great friendship for so long and in many respects, I’m kind of jealous. As a dude (and an Irish one at that), travelling with my buddies is never really a sustainable option. I’m not sure whether it’s just part of the male psyche but trips abroad together turn into disasters as soon as the plane touches down and after only a short time, both brain and body (specifically liver) needs a break. Great to see your friend going from strength to strength

    1. sarah.mamis@gmail.com

      November 1, 2016 at 12:17 am

      Our livers certainly take a beating on these trips, but I can imagine this arrangement not working out quite as well amongst men.

  26. Alberto C.

    October 30, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    So true! There’s nothing better than travelling with someone to get to know that person. If you still can put up with someone after travelling together for a few days, that means you have a really good relationship!

  27. Ehsanul

    October 31, 2016 at 2:06 am

    This was such an awesome read. So far, all my travels will have been solo. However, I am looking forward to future trips with my future wife! 😀

  28. maryrose

    October 31, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Awww this is such a sweet post! That’s amazing that your friendship grew closer during your travels. Perfect friendship indeed!

  29. Lindon Lee

    October 31, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I was smiling while reading each items. You made me think of my friends having misadventures but still pulled everything off fun. Happy for you and your friend!

  30. Fairytale Studios

    October 31, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    You are very lucky to meet someone with the same travel taste you have. Loved to read your blog. Your world tour journey seems adventurous and exciting. Good luck to both of you

  31. Sia

    October 31, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Great article with a fresh point of view and travel topic. I totally agree about all of these. It is really important to travel with people with the same interests and way of living so you don’t end up killing each other. It is so fun to travel with a friend and have all these crazy stories to tell afterward. Like we once ended up on the wrong border 😀

    1. sarah.mamis@gmail.com

      November 1, 2016 at 12:19 am

      Thanks so much! The misadventures certainly make for the most interesting stories! Can’t imagine arriving at the wrong border! LOL!

  32. Mansi K.

    November 1, 2016 at 1:51 am

    Travel is a shared passion for the husband and me. As you rightly pointed out, you learn more about each other. You may never encounter these situations in the day-to-day routine…from foodie misadventures to back-breaking mishaps, we’ve encountered our share of never-to-be-repeated experiences. But, we’ve laughed and grown together through them…not to mention created a wonderful bank of memories!

  33. Jitaditya

    November 1, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I think the best thing here is that you get time for yourself and the people in your lives, in case you travel together. Otherwise, we tend to take things for granted and postpone everything for tomorrow. During travels we can catch up on a lot of such things.

  34. Wanderlust Vegans

    November 1, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Awe, such a sweet post. Travelling will either make you, or break you. So happy to see how happy you guys still are after all these adventures.

  35. Paroma Chakravarty

    July 2, 2017 at 4:01 am

    You are so lucky to have a friend to travel with you! I wish I did:-(

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