Since the end of 2007 I have been traveling a fair bit, well a lot… more than the average person thats for sure. One of the things that I love most about traveling is making new friends, sometimes I think its one of the things that keeps me going, loving the idea of not knowing who I might meet next and how I might meet them.
A few of my best friends for life I actually met half way around the world and although I don’t get to spend much time with them in person thanks to the internet we get to stay in touch almost as if we lived down the street from each other. These are the type of friends that when we meet again we act just as if we had seen each other the day before rather than a year or two ago. These are the type of friends that you never want to loose.
There are many of you ( you know who you are) that I cherish and appreciate for being great friends and although I don’t have time to write about you all right now, I’d just like to share a few of our chance meetings to inspire others to get out there and travel knowing there is a new friend waiting at every corner you turn.
In December 2007 I went on a Contiki tour through Europe. For 14 days I was stuck on the best party bus in the world with 6 Americans, 6 South Africans, 1 Coloumbian, 1 Mexican and 30 Australians. We drank, we partied, we toured, I laughed at their amazement of snowfall, we sang our own theme song at the top of our lungs and danced the nights away.
From this trip Henry, Beth, Lauren, Sam and Kenny all Aussies have become some of my great friends. I’ve seen them all in Australia a couple times now, I’ve visited with Kenny in London a few times and recently have even housesat at Lauren and Sam’s house and have been invited to be a Bridesmaid at their wedding next year.
Most of you know that I am good friends with Candice Walsh of www.CandiceDoesTheWorld.com. We actually first met on Twitter when we realized we were both east coast Canadian travel bloggers. From the minute we met when I went on my first trip ever to Newfoundland we instantly clicked. Our love for travel, the east coast of Canada, our fondness for boys and our love of the drink is what made us great friends. Although we have never been in the same place as each for more than a month its hard for me to travel anywhere in the world and not be asked “Wheres Candice?”.
The travel blogger friends
Often I travel to go to travel blogging conferences or I am on press trips / FAM trips with fellow travel bloggers and funnily enough without planning it it is often the same people. Like my dear friend Kelley Ferro. Kelley and I have met up with each other in New York, Vancouver, Colorado, Puerto Rico, Cancun, and London and I do believe we might be about to see each other again in Spain in the next week.
Is making new friends one of your favourite things about traveling? Do you have any great stories of friends that you have met and have stayed in touch with forever? I’d love to hear your stories.
**UPDATE and here is a photo of Ayngelina, she likes Bacon.