You know that saying that friends make terrible roommates? Unless you’re really lucky friends can sometimes make terrible travel companions. Personalities (particularly in times of stress and unfamiliar territory) and even basic number of people in the group can make or break a trip. Fortunately for me, I’m blessed to have some really great friends to travel with.
Within this blog when you read about “our meal” or places “we visited” I’m usually referring to my best friend Emily. We travel very well together because we’re both planners and very organized so we split the burden of the details. Emily loves to see all that a particular city or country has to offer, while I shy away from anything touristy or overly crowded. Traveling with Emily has meant that I often do and see things I would normally avoid: climbing the Eiffel Tower, getting up for early reservations at the Academia to see the David, waiting in line for the Sistine Chapel. Because of Emily, I’ve been able to see some of the most famous and iconic pieces of art, monuments and attractions in the world, and I’m forever grateful.
In the past years I’ve had two experiences traveling with groups of friends that were not only incredibly successful but some of the best times in my life. In Barcelona last September, Emily and I were joined in the spur of the moment with a flight attendant friend from high school. We then discovered a former colleague of Emily’s was not only on our flight but staying the same amount of time. When we got to Barcelona all of us met up with my cousin who was living there. All of us, world’s colliding, but having a pre-party in a Catalonian hotel and sharing tapas, cava and mojitos until the wee hours.
This past weekend, I met up with four high school friends in Chicago for the Cubs, architecture and deep dish pizza. We then road tripped to Indianapolis and ate, drank, danced, sang “I’m on a Boat” and laughed the entire weekend. These are friends I’ve known for years, often go years without seeing but when we get together it’s like no time has gone by at all.
I’m truly blessed to have friends that I can share the world with and I can’t wait for the adventures to come.