…I didn’t even ask her name. She was a bright, bubbly Aussie (some of my favorite people to party with) with a face that lit up with more freckles than I could count. Her boisterous laugh is what caught me. She was going to be fun. We shared an evening and beers together and when Shaun and I woke up, we left with a quick and awkward goodbye.
What used to be a clingy, OMG-we-have-to-be-Facebook-friends-forever backpacker, turned into a serial meet them/drop them on the road friend maker. But to be honest, I don’t feel that bad. It is just the name of the game for long term travelers (or those who like to party in a group no matter where you are). I came to the realization that travel friends are like one night stands. Here are a few things that came to mind:
- It is best to go in with no expectations.
- You can be who you want to be.
- There is no emotional involvement.
- They can push you out of your comfort zone and throw your inhibitions to the wind.
- You don’t even ask their name, nor do you even think to ask it.
- They expect the same amount of anonymity from you.
- It can be a huge confidence booster.
- You just kinda shrug when you find pictures of random people on your phone.
- The night is made better with alcohol.
- You can get some juicy stories out of it.
- You can still end up naked.
- Phone number? I don’t have a phone right now, I’m traveling.
- You sneak out of the [hostel dorm] bedroom while everyone is asleep and don’t bother saying goodbye.
- It’s not for everyone.
- Sometimes they even turn into life-long relationships.
Like adding a notch to your bedpost, we’ve managed to collect some of the most random and awesome experiences while traveling. From hot tubs in your skivvies with strangers to skinny dipping to stealing a canoe to go to a hidden island…. WAIT, I don’t think I’ve told you guys any of those closely held stories…
…and like many one night stands, I’ll never kiss and tell.