Wherever you travel, you will meet those people who impact your life forever. Perhaps you stayed up late talking in the hostel bar, or you worked in vineyards together, or you went on a tour around the city that you traveled to. Whatever binds you as travel buddies, there is that horrible realization that at some point, you have to go home and go back to your ‘normal’ life, and so do they. This is totally heartbreaking and really does suck, but you can keep your friendship going strong. Here’s how.
Connect on social media
Luckily, you don’t need to be penpals with your travel friends in 2019. No more paying out a lot of $$$ to have your letter sent to the other side of the world; instead, you can simply send a (free) message on Instagram and tell them that you miss hanging out with them. Before you ever part ways with somebody that you love spending time with, make sure that you give them that Facebook add or Instagram follow.
Make future travel plans
If you’ve found somebody that you just love seeing the world with, then why should you let the fun stop there? Make some future travel plans with them, and decide what part of the world you’d both love to see. Perhaps you want to go to buzzing Malibu, or maybe you’d like to experience the zen shores of Bali. Whatever it is that you and your travel buddy love the most: Book. That. Trip.
Schedule a Facetime call
Sure, being friends (or followers) on social media is a great way to stay connected, but it’s not really the same as talking to your friends face-to-face. This can help if you’re missing them like a hole in the head, or you just want to ensure that you keep an active friendship going. Find out how to use Facetime on Mac, or opt for a Skype call if this works out easier for you both. Face-to-face time (kinda) is special.
Send a postcard
OK, so this one is a little old-fashioned. However, an unexpected postcard can make somebody’s day, and it allows you to expand on what you’ve been doing. Have you visited a town or city that your friend would think is super cool? Spending half an hour writing out a message to your travel buddy will be important for you, and for them. And let’s be real here, there is no feeling quite like getting unexpected mail.
Keep film photographs
Whilst most travel lovers document their journeys on social media, there is something to be said for taking some disposable film cameras on your travels, and getting the photographs developed when you’re home. You can send them on to your travel bestie, as well as having physical copies of your memories from the trips that you’ve been on. This will remind you how important your friendship really is!
So, if you want to stay connected with those that you’ve met on your travels, then keep some of these things in mind!