What is surprising to us, though, is how many friends we are making along our journey and how deep some of these relationships can get in a short period of time.
This week we are saying goodbye to the last of our new friends from the Antarctica trip. Several of the passengers travel long-term like us, and we have been sharing a few adventures around Ushuaia since the end of the cruise.
Making good friendships on the road is much easier for a variety of reasons:
- Being away from the daily routine means you have more time to meet new people
- Sharing a great experience with a total stranger creates an instant bond
- Opening yourself up to new experiences naturally opens you up to new relationships, too
- Everyone is traveling on a budget with some kind of time restraint, so sharing stories and giving suggestions means making the most of your time and money. Travelers naturally talk about where they have been and where they want to go, and the odds are that someone around the table has been or know someone who has been to a certain place you want to go
- People are interesting, and hearing their stories adds layers of meaning to your own story
The documentary A Map for Saturday talks about the “best friends for a day” phenomenon in long-term travel, which is spending short, intensive bursts of time with virtual strangers to see and do some amazing things before going your separate ways. We did not expect to experience this as much because we travel as a couple, but we are finding ourselves pleasantly surprised at being wrong.
So here’s to our latest new friends from the Gap Adventures Antarctica trip: We loved sharing this experience with you and getting to know you better on the hiking, camping, and dining excursions afterward. And for those of you on the path of our travels, we will see you again very soon.
Readers, have you made a great friendship on your travels?