Solo travel has been all the rage lately, but let’s be real. Some of us are just not really into that. This is why your best friend is the travel buddy you will have the most fun with.
I’ve traveled alone in order to contemplate my life’s purpose. I’ve connected with family members on cruise ship reunions, and my husband and I have had our fair share of romantic vacations.
But, nothing beats having a best gal pal as a travel buddy.
1. It’s cheaper
Let’s cut to the chase. Saving money is usually the first priority when planning our trips. Imagine taking those hotel expenses and completely cutting them in half. Or, having someone to split your meals with.
Or, even being able to rent a car. Say goodbye to full-time travel expenses!
2. Two heads really are better
Maybe you’ve experienced island hopping down the Dalmatian Coast, while your friend hiked through an Amazonian Rainforest. Together, your past travel stories make you the perfect team to navigate a houseboat down the backwaters in Kerala.
Basically, putting your hard-earned knowledge together will allow you to become the ultimate dream team when it comes to being travel savvy.
3. Less worrying about safety
No one wants to walk down the street alone at night and worry about their safety. Having someone at your side, especially in unknown territory, is simply a good idea.
Or, at least, have someone who knows (and cares) that you made it back to the hotel at night.
4. It’s easier to meet people
Sometimes we need that friend who actually notices the guy attempting to sneak smiles across the restaurant while we blabber away about our latest bargaining escapade.
Sometimes we appreciate our outgoing and fearless friend who will get a conversation going, and sometimes it’s just easier to make friends when there are two of you.
Watch your group grow as you meet interesting people along the way together.
5. Sometimes we need a buffer
Then again, sometimes we are not in the mood to meet new people. Sometimes making constant small talk while traveling is exhausting, especially when you know you may never see that person again.
This is when we relish in the knowledge that we have a friend who will protect us from the guys we are just not interested in, or the sweet but talkative gal from the hostel.
Sometimes you need someone to swoop in and dance next to you when the drunk guy starts creeping into your dance floor bubble.
Your friend will be the one to rescue you from those all too awkward social situations and you, in turn, will be there to return the favor.
6. Someone to sit next to
Those plane, train and bus rides can be tranquil times to catch up on sleep or introspection, but they can also be long and boring. Having a friend who will entertain you with their obsession with playing games like twenty questions, will use the time to help put together the pieces of your latest relationship puzzles, or even just sit quietly with their headphones on is priceless.
The presence of a friend is enough to keep you company and combat loneliness on the road.
7. Someone to take your picture the old-fashioned way
It’s impossible to avoid selfie sticks these days; in fact, it’s easy to get whacked in the face with them if you’re not on the lookout. I have managed to resist this dangerous product, but I confess that I have deemed arm-length selfies acceptable, especially when trying to pile as many friends in the camera frame as possible.
Sometimes we want someone to capture our pretty faces (and outfits) in that picture perfect scene, quickly snap a pic of our perfect yoga pose before we fall over, or even to attempt the “One-two-three-JUMP” photo.
Sometimes, selfie sticks just don’t cut it.
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