Reasons Why You Should Travel With Your Best Friend
Literally everyone will tell you that traveling for an extended period of time with your best friend is a bad idea, but we beg to differ. I believe, from my own experience, that your best friend is also your best travel partner. Here are 10 reasons why:
1. You know how to deal with each other
You know to get them food when they get cranky. You know when to back off and give them space. These are important when spending a lot of time together. You will both need alone time and personal space and knowing when to give that to each other is a must for travel partners. You also know not to take it personally if they want to be alone or are giving you attitude - which they probably will!
2. You know each other's best angles
Traveling with your best friend is like traveling with your own personal Instagram photographer. You are used to having mini-photoshoots at every picturesque spot and you know how to make each other look good. You will have so many amazing photos from your trip; just make sure you don't go too crazy with the TBTs.
3. You have similar interests
You are best friends for a reason, after all. When scanning over the brochures in the lobby of your hostel, you can both agree that the Madame Tussauds can be skipped but that the Central Market and thermal baths are musts. It helps to have similar interests so you don't have to spend time arguing about what to do and no one has to feel like they are compromising.
4. You know how to read each other
Chances are you and your best friend know each other like the back of your hands. This is so useful when traveling. Your best friend will be able to tell if you are acting off - whether it be homesickness, actual sickness, or something else - and they will know exactly how to solve it. Staying in for a night and skyping with you family? Check. Running to the nearest apothecaire to buy to loads of meds? On it.
5. You know each other's financial situations
Traveling, for any amount of time, is a financial decision that is different for everyone. Your best friend is someone you feel comfortable talking about your finances with, and this is a MUST for a travel partner. Before you leave, you should be aware of each other's budgets for your trip. And you can trust that your best friend will never shame you for being frugal or judge you for splurging.
6. You know each other's strengths and weaknesses
One of you is good at navigating. One of you is good with conversion rates. You know each other's strengths and weaknesses and don't mind letting the other person take charge in certain situations. Being able to trust them with things they are better at is super beneficial.
7. You will learn a lot about each other
Spending a lot of time together, you will learn so many random facts about each other. Did you know your best friend can play the trombone? That she has family in Denmark? That he doesn't drink coffee? If you didn't know before, you will know literally everything about each other after coming home.
8. You are comfortable with each other
You don't feel the need to impress each other so you are completely comfortable being yourself. You've seen each other a million times in the morning with last nights make up down your faces and will never judge each other. You can wing-woman/man each other, take care of each other, and be each other's support systems on the trip.
9. You'll get to share new experiences with your favorite person
Solo traveling definitely has it's benefits - but having someone you know and love to share all those amazing moments with is incredible. Nothing can compare to singing at the top of your lungs at a dive-bar in Italy with your best friend next to you. You'll also get to try new foods together, speak new languages together, and navigate new cities together. You will be so proud of yourself and your best friend.
10. You'll have someone back home to reminisce with
Coming home from a trip always sucks, but it sucks a little less if you have your best friend to remember it all with. Your friendship will never be the same because you share a bond filled with memories that no one else can ever imagine. For the rest of your lives you will be able to look at the pictures and transport each other back to better days in beautiful cities.