Tips for traveling with your best friend. Have a great time and still love each other when you get home.
(Almost dying in a cab coming home from the papal visit.)
It is my sincerest hope that you have a best friend like mine. We met 15 years ago and it was love at first sight. We bonded over baked potato soup and American Dreams. Our husbands went college together and played football. She came to my house for dinner and instantly it was like we were sisters. That is not an exaggeration, we just clicked and one of the biggest blessings in my life is her.
(Our first afternoon aboard the Ruby Princess.)
She has been there for me through the good and the bad – literally took care of me and my kids when I couldn’t, and she is the first person I go to when I need advice or to be put in my place. Her husband is also in the Coast Guard and she just gets it. We even had babies 27 hours apart from each other. She is an incredible mother and the most thoughtful person I know. I love her.
(Enjoying a lovely afternoon at Fess Parker Winery in Los Olivos, California.)
Unfortunately, we haven’t lived in the same town since we left our first duty station. We did have a year where we were only 2 hours apart and we saw each other as much as we could. But it’s hard to not have her around all the time. I would love to be around for the day to day aspects of her life.
Like all relationships, you have to make it a priority if you want it to work. We talk all the time, and I don’t feel like we aren’t a part of each other’s lives. We try to see each other at least twice a year (some years are easier than others for this). Between us, we have 7 children ranging from 11 to 3. As much as we love hanging out with our families, it’s also really nice to spend time without them.
(At the papal visit – Vatican City.)
She and I travel really well together. Two years ago, we went to Rome. It was an incredible trip and one that I will never, ever forget. Then in September she went with me on the cruise to Santa Barbara and Mexico.
One of the best things about that trip was the other bloggers brought their best friends too. It was double the amount of fun people and I am so thankful that my blogger friends have a friend like I do. We had so much fun together.
(I really wish that she would just relax. This is my favorite picture of her. Lunch at Monte Xanic in Mexico.)
Here are some tips for traveling with your bes friend:
Pick a place that interests both of you. We both like to explore and relax, so keep that in mind when you are planning your trip and where you are going to stay. (A cruise was perfect for this. Lots to see and do, and lots of time to chill and relax. Plus dancing.)
Compromise. When we went to Italy, we had different MOs. I wanted to eat and drink everything, and she wanted to sight see. I did the things that she wanted to do (and am so thankful that she made me climb those steps on my knees) and she went to the places that I wanted. If it weren’t for each other we would have missed some incredible sights and meals.
Give each other some space. As much as I love traveling with my friend, I also like to have some time to myself. I’m pretty introverted and need time to regroup and recharge. I’m pretty content to sit in my room and read for a bit. Thankfully, she totally gets this and is happy to do her own thing. She is the complete opposite of me in this regard and leaves everywhere we go with 15 new friends.
Be considerate of each other. Sharing a space with someone can be touchy. Try to be thoughtful of the other person’s needs. Keep your room tidy, be quiet if she is trying to sleep, clean up in the bathroom, that kind of thing.
Take lots of pictures. Taking a trip with your best friend gives you a shared experience that you will cherish forever. Things that you will talk about for years and years. Having pictures from our travels is so fun to look back on and relive the laughs.
(Our favorite Italian breakfast. Not pictured – blood orange mimosas. Every morning.)
Have you ever traveled with your best friend? What tips do you have?
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