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!!!
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:
1. SHARED BATHROOMS
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.
2. 14 HOUR FLIGHTS
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.
4. ROAD TRIPS
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
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!
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.
7. MISHAPS & MISADVENTURES
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.
8. WHEN WE’RE WITHOUT WIFI
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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