When I was younger, I promised myself that when I reach an age that allows for it, I’ll travel alone. This to test my independence and to force me outside of my comfort zone… So I did it! When I turned 21, in the week of my birthday, I took the chance at a solo trip to New York for fashion week, and in as much as I wasn’t there for along, boy did I have a time! It’s something I’d recommend for someone who has never chanced at it before, largely because it renders an opportunity to center oneself with everything unfamiliar but eye opening.
However, as much beauty as there may be in this, it doesn’t compare to traveling with friends.
The first time I ever travelled with friends was in 2013, my matric year, to Europe. It was my first ever international trip and I was so excited to share it with friends who, just alike, were having their eyes opened to the world beyond South Africa. Please excuse the terrible quality of the images, this wasn’t an era of iPhone 7’s and 2x optical zooms.
I’d like to share a few reasons why traveling with friends is best.
YOU GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER REEEALLLY WELL
Nothing can bring you closer or place your friendship under mild turbulence like being out of your comfort zone and in a place you’re not familiar with. Traveling with friends will teach you so much about each other, what you love and what she can’t stand to what she’ll eat and what you’ll definitely never try and to how all of you truly feel about everything.
THERE’S ALWAYS SOMEONE TO TAKE PICTURES OF YOU
Selfies are cool and all, but they don’t capture the full experience and essence of the destination you’re in. And asking strangers to take pictures of you isn’t the next best thing either, it’s incredibly awkward, but when traveling with friends, you have people who know how you like your pictures taken and people you can be comfortable expressing yourself with, in anyway you want.
YOU DO THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE CONSIDERED
You may be into architecture, your bestie into cuisine and your other friend into fashion. The best thing with this is, you get to do all 3, and in this way everyone gets to enjoy themselves as well as learn something new.
ITS MORE AFFORDABLE
Incidental costs may arise randomly or add up right in front of your eyes, and with friends to travel with, you can cut down on these and you can even afford to splurge on things you’d like.
NO TOOTHEPASTE? NO PROBLEM
We’re all capable of being forgetful in the midst of being excited to go to a new place or country. Can you imagine how annoying it’d be if you were on a trip alone and forgot something important, with no friend to turn to? I mean yes, it’s easy to go to the nearest drug store and pick up whatever it is you may have forgotten, but with friends around, there’d be no need for that!
I hope these few reasons get you excited for your next trip with friends, as well as show you the convenience of moving in groups as opposed to moving in isolation.
With love, from me to you,