I did a post last week about Travel Companions. It was all about how the people you travel with can make or break your experiences, whether or not traveling solo is better than with a companion and how to be a better travel companion. Today, though, I wanted to do a post on the people you meet while traveling. Whether it’s someone you spend a day with, share a meal with or meet for 10 minutes by you remember them clearly as an aspect of your travel experience.
I love to think back on the people I’ve met while traveling:
Nik from Athens warned us about pick-pockets, where to avoid and gave us tips on where to eat and shop. We were in his adorable shop buying trinkets for ourselves and loved ones. He and his daughter were running the shop and he walked us down the street to the nearest ATM showing us places to stop as we walked along. He was so sweet and I think of him every time I think of my trip to Greece.
Greg from Alaska was a naturalist on our whale-watching/glacier-viewing cruise, and he was so fun and knowledgable. I learned so much about the wildlife and natural marvels of Seward from Greg on this trip.
Izzy from Boston, I met on a day-trip to Bologna. This girl is amazing. She’s an anthropology major as well, but she is one of the smartest girls I have ever met. She has travelled all over, speaks about a dozen languages, and was great company. She’s fluent in Italian and made getting around Bologna easier, and she made that afternoon extra enjoyable. We still keep in touch, and I’m glad to have become friends with her. I got to see her a few more days in Florence, and actually was teary-eyed when we said goodbye.
The Venerable Abbot from the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Center in St. Louis spoke to a group of us that went to a service up there to learn more about Buddhism in practice, and she was so peaceful, well-spoken and encouraging. I felt a sense of calm in her presence and I loved how she was so positive and always smiling.
Angel worked at the resort we stayed at in Mexico and he gave my cousin and I Spanish lessons, talked about Mexican culture and at taught us some Latin Dancing at the Disco.
The last two people I’m going to talk about are Kait and Kassi. They were Stacey’s roommates in Florence, and they were both such amazing, beautiful girls, and they were amazingly sweet and welcoming, and while I spent the day in Siena wandering and exploring they stayed home cooking an amazing Thanksgiving dinner. I was so thankful to have met these girls and still keep in touch with them today.
I also wanted to share some quotes from others about people you meet when you travel:
“One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.”
“Temporariness of travel often intensifies friendship and turns it into intimacy. But this is fatal for someone with a train to catch. I could handle strangers, but friends required attentions and made me feel conspicuous. It was easier to travel in solitary anonymity, twirling my mustache, puffing my pipe, shipping out of town at dawn.”
“The conversations, like many others I had with people on trains, derived an easy candor from the shared journey, the comfort of the dining car, and the certain knowledge that neither of us would see each other again.”
“When you’re traveling, ask the traveler for advice. Not someone whose lameness keeps him in one place.”
“Travel is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things- air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky- all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”
What are some of the great friendships, loves, acquaintances you’ve made while traveling?