Just a couple months ago, I went to a concert in a city about two hours away from where I live. I was excited to go, and not just because I was getting to see one of my favorite artists of all time: I had a friend traveling with me.
We drove up together, blaring music and had a riveting conversation. We hung out in the city for a couple of hours before the concert, tramping around its many streets, stopping by a coffee shop (naturally) and grabbing some food. After the concert, it was late, and what better place to go to after midnight than a gas station? We picked up snacks and drinks before driving back home.
There’s something to be said for having a companion with you when traveling somewhere. Introverts, bear with me here. It is actually beneficial. Whether your companion is a family member, a new acquaintance, or an old friend, you’re bound to have a good time.
Here are a few reasons that I love to bring a friend to travel with me, and why you should travel with friends.
- There’s someone to talk to or be silent with.
At times on a long drive, all you want to do is talk. If you have someone traveling with you, the two (or more) of you can laugh together, have discussions on deep topics or the latest TV show, or even, not say anything at all. Sometimes silence is enjoyable on a long trip, and you can sit in a comfortable silence after a good conversation, and not feel the need to start it up again until you’re ready.
- You can catch up with your companion…
If he’s a family member or a close friend, there’s plenty you may have missed out on in his life before this trip. Leading up to the trip with my friend, I didn’t ask much about what was going on in his life; I waited till the trip, so we would have plenty to discuss. You may not have to take that measure, because some people you can have a natural conversation with even if you spoke with them yesterday. But still: thinking of a couple of questions beforehand to throw out in case the conversation gets stale is a good idea.
…or get to know them better.
Maybe you don’t know this person all too well. Well enough to take a trip, but maybe you’re not close. This is the perfect opportunity for you two to get to know each other better. You don’t have to talk during the whole trip but think of a few questions beforehand that you want to know about them. Doesn’t have to be a lot; just enough to start a conversation. Let it flow naturally after that.
- It’s safer.
This is a bit obvious, but it’s never my first thought when I’m planning a trip. “Oh, yeah, I want to drive for a couple hours up to see my friend… I’m not going to worry about the fact that I’ll be driving back alone at 1 AM.” Yeah. That happened. A couple times actually… But it’s not the smartest move. There’s strength in numbers, even if it’s only two.
- You’re making memories with someone who you can always share them with.
My favorite thing about traveling with a friend is the fact that any of the memories I make during the trip, any of the good times, good music, funny moments, ridiculous things I see or overhear from other people’s conversations… I have someone who I can laugh about it with afterward. Someone I can call and say, “Hey, remember when we were driving for like nine hours, and we were almost at the destination, but then the van broke down? And it was in the middle of the summer, in the afternoon, and the AC broke, and we had cats with us?” (True story.) Life is always more fun when you have someone to experience it with.
Do you enjoy traveling with friends? Or do you prefer to be alone? Why? Let me know in the comments below!