That night when I made my way through the winding roads under the full moon light and stars that shone bright, I pondered upon life and the infinite journeys that I have made overtime. As I reached my hostel in the hills, I found the fellow travelers lighting a fire in the yard and sitting in a circle singing songs of love and mirth. As I joined the laughter and joy, I sat there wondering how the friends we make while travelling are the truest form of friendship. They come without judgements or notions and some teach us some of the best lessons in life.
So, on this Friendship Day, we compile a list of reasons why the friends you make on your travels are the best form of friendship.
- You make friends of all age groups
Right from children to the elderly, you will make friends of all ages. You might catch yourself playing a game of cricket with kids on a misty afternoon or you might spend an hour learning about the history of a place from a local full of experiences. You will realize friendship has no age bar. It’s about sharing the same warmth in the heart and same smile on the lips.
- No judgments and preconceived notions
There are no vindictive gossiping, judgmental looks or misplaced expectations. There are no problems to weigh each other down or any baggage to hide. The friendship is real and pure. They don’t see from where you come, how much moolah you earn or what swanky job you have. They see you for what you are at that moment and at that moment, you’re free.
- Share some best moments
There’s nothing more exhilarating than breaking free from society’s shackles and ticking off the bucket list. You will meet people along the way with whom you’ll witness a sunrise peeking from the mountain or you’ll watch the moon hiding behind the clouds illuminating the sky. You’ll share coffee and conversations and you’ll experience an exhilarating joy watching the view from the top of a hill. These moments will be forever stored in your heart and only your fellow traveler will understand the true emotions behind them as they’ve witnessed all those moments with you. As they say, ‘happiness is best when shared’.
- Learn a lot
There is so much knowledge to gain from the people you meet on your way. The backpacker who sold off everything to travel the world, the globe-trotter who earns through her travels, the mountaineer who battled an avalanche on his trek; stories are plenty in the air. You will be moved, inspired and stirred. You will be encouraged to travel more, to experience more, to live more. You will learn some wonderful life lessons along the way.
- Help each other
Let’s admit, travel is not easy. We are forced to navigate through unknown lands and say yes to things we may have never had the confidence to do. Human beings naturally bond with those that share a similar goal and with those that share the same special moment. Stumbling upon a hidden beach or finding your way back to the hostel with no Google maps and a forgotten address might look difficult to face alone. Together, these moments will resonate with both of you forever.
- Distance and time don’t set you apart
Letting go comes with the ability to appreciate and be grateful for why they were present in your life in the first place. As free spirited as you both are, your travelling friends don’t need constant updates and calls. You share a mutual love and respect for each other and there’s no need to constantly validate that. You both know that you have each other’s backs and will always be there for each other in times of need.
- Stories around the globe
When we meet with other travelers on the road, we leave the difficulties of our lives behind and focus only on the wonderful things about our stories to talk about. Conversations never seem to end, there is so much to know, so much to see. You meet people who share a completely different culture or cuisine and when the stories amalgamate, they create indelible memories.
So Travel more. Build friendships for a life time.
Happy Friendship Day