Solo travel is definitely a great adventure to discover about yourself, however, I must admit that travelling with your best friend – whether it be your friend from high school or even your partner if you consider him as a best friend – is a unique experience that will create memories for life.
There’s nothing better than doing the things you love with the people you care about, and a best friend is definitely a great person to start exploring the world.
I’ve travelled with my best friend and best friends a couple of times, and when I think about those old times, it makes me feel happy and appreciate the moments I have lived with them.
One of the best memories is travelling to London for the first time with my best friend. We had awkward but funny moments that make us laugh at them now.
If you’ve never considered it and I’m going to tell you 15 reasons to travel with your best friend below.
Planning your trip is more exciting
Planning a trip can be daunting for some people. Have you ever found yourself looking at page 6 in Booking.com and feeling frustrated because you didn’t find anything?
I’ve been there many times, however, when planning a trip with your best friend you can plan together.
If she’s the best at finding hotels and you’re the best at creating an itinerary, everything will be planned quicker and smoother.
You can help each other packing
You know you’re overpacking when your suitcase is nearly full and there are jackets and jeans still on your bed. Overpacking is indeed a problem that most of us experience all the time.
You want to make sure you pack your best outfits and you have spare outfits, just in case, even if you truly know you won’t wear them at all. But travelling with your best friend makes packing easier.
You can pack things in their suitcase or if she knows how to pack better, she can actually teach you some packing hacks to make the most of your suitcase.
You can share outfits or accessories
Similarly to the previous point, if you’re struggling to pack everything, you can save space by sharing things with your best friend. For example, you can share toothpaste, perfumes and clothes and shoes if they have the same size as you!
Flights delays are better in company
Flight delays can always happen and they are almost unexpected. I remember being stuck in the airport for hours and I didn’t know what else to do after reading a bit of a book and being on my phone.
If you’re travelling on your own, it’s more difficult to keep entertained and patient, whereas having a travel companion makes the waiting easier. You can play a game, talk about anything, plan your itinerary, etc.
Compromising won’t be difficult
Travelling with a group of people or family members means you’ll have to compromise more than once.
They often want to do things you don’t want to but you feel you have to because you’ve travelled together, you miss some spots because others want to stop to eat, they roll their eyes every time you want them to take you a picture in a stunning spot, etc.
The chances all of these situations happen with your best friend are lower. Since you’re travelling with someone that you feel super connected with, you’ll have more things in common and there’ll be fewer occasions in which both want to do completely different things.
Even when those happen, you’ll feel like you want to compromise something for her because she’s always there for you.
You’ll take your relationship to the next level
This experience together will prove whether you’re best friends or not. If you can spend 24/7 with someone for longer than a week without no arguments and complaints, you probably have found your best friend.
The longer you travel together, the more you’ll know about each other and find out if you get on well. When you go to a cafe with your friend isn’t the same as having to share a hotel room.
Your best friend knows you the best
Best friends know everything or almost everything about you, they can read you like their favourite book. They know what food you like, what things annoy you, what you love the most, what you hate the most, your fears, your goals…
It’s like you sometimes don’t need to talk to know what you’re thinking and believe me, this is something incredible.
When you don’t trust someone, it can be a bit difficult to communicate certain things, but you’ll barely have this issue with your best friend.
You’ll stick to your budget
Sometimes your best friend can help you manage your finances or stick to your budget. I consider myself really good at sticking to my budget, so I am the one who normally helps my friend, but I feel like if there’s something I want to buy, she’ll be honest and tell me whether it is worth it or not.
You’ll never feel alone
Having someone by your side 24/7, you’ll never feel alone. You don’t need to worry about how you’ll be seen if you go to a restaurant on your own, not being able to share special moments with someone, etc.
You can combine each other’s skills
Imagine you go to a country where you don’t speak the language, but your friend does or knows the basics, or you’re a pro at planning a day itinerary and do it in no time whereas your friend isn’t that good at researching online.
Two people can always do greater things than one, and having someone to do something you aren’t good at, it’s actually a good advantage.
You’ll create memories together
Travelling with your best friend means funny and embarrassing moments, selfies, sharing food, going out, matching clothes, doing adventurous things, etc.
A couple of years along the line, you’ll miss this journey and wish you could go back in time. Even if there were some challenging moments during your trip, you’ll see them as a learning experience or you’ll even laugh at them together.
You’ll have someone to share special moments
Every time I’ve travelled solo, I felt like I wasn’t able to share some magical moments like watching a sunset on the beach, walking through a beautiful hidden spot, eating a delicious authentic and local dish, etc.
I did sometimes share it on social media, but of course, it wasn’t the same. However, as you’re travelling with your best friend, you’ll be able to share all of these great moments together.
Your best friend will always cheer you up
Travelling is full of positive moments, but it has its challenges too. You can injure yourself, be homesick, miss a flight, etc. and make you feel down. Your best friend will be there to cheer you up, make you laugh again and forget about certain problems.
I remember limping and having pain on my left leg during my trip to Edinburgh and I was feeling down, however, on this occasion, my partner helped me feel better and supported me all the way through! Luckily, the pain disappeared a couple of days after I went back home.
You’ll get the best pictures
Have you ever worried about giving your camera to someone you don’t know? What about the results?
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve given my camera or phone to someone I didn’t know at all and a couple of times I was surprised by their pictures. But most of the time, I didn’t get the picture I wanted – they cropped the top of the building, I had my eyes closed, etc.
Your best friend knows very well you love a good picture and how to take them, and to be fair, they’re likely to be patient and take a couple of shots in the same place without you asking them.
You can learn new things together
One of the best things about travelling is the fact that you never stop learning. From the moment you land in a new place, you need to get used to directions, maybe the language, you try new food, etc. You’re out of your comfort zone.
This is even better when you have someone to learn with. At the same time, by spending lots of time with your best friend, you’ll both learn about each other – even if you’ve known them since school.
I hope this post has inspired you to travel with your best friend.
If you want other travel tips on how to plan your dream trip or how to stop overpacking, check this section. Any questions or extra advice, reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or @creina.diary on Instagram.
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