Solo travel is great, but sometimes you just wish someone could be there to experience everything with you.
For reasons both silly and serious, conquering a journey with your best friend is one of the healthiest, powerful and most positive things you can do for your relationship. Here are eight reasons to get out there with your best friend RIGHT NOW.
1. You'll get to know your friend better than you thought possible.
You might have known your best friend since you sat next to each other in grade school or shared a dorm room in college, but traveling together will allow both of you to deepen your relationship in ways neither of you expected. Who knew that your friend refused to ask for directions, or invited fellow restaurant-goers to join in the next day's activity?
2. It'll give you stories to tell -- and lean on -- for years.
Travel stories are a great way to break the ice when the two of you meet new people, and they're guaranteed to generate some genuine laughs. But more importantly, these shared stories will be things that the two of you can reminisce about forever. And when you don't live near enough to have many common experiences from recent years, shared stories become really, really important.
3. Someone will know what you've been through, even the things you can't describe.
You know when the sunset is perfect, but you just can't capture it on a camera? Your best friend will remember it with you.
4. You'll realize just how deeply your best friend cares about you.
It's hard to stand up for yourself during an argument with an airline agent, or when the hotel room is priced higher than advertised. A best friend will make sure you don't get walked all over.
5. Travel gives you a mutual experience to savor together.
Research shows that most of the time, planning a trip brings more happiness than taking the trip itself. And happiness is that much sweeter when shared with your best friend.
6. And you'll be ready to take on anything afterward.
The time you missed your flight and had to sleep on the floor. The time you got food poisoning and had to hunt for a doctor. The time you had a hostel roommate who snored like a thousand cows. Once you've conquered a travel disaster with your best friend, you know you can make it through anything together.
7. You'll find you're most powerful when you're together.
You speak Spanish, and he speaks German. You know how to find the best restaurants, and she's a connoisseur of rock-climbing tours. More interests, skills and tools in your arsenal means that you can do more activities together on your trip.
8. And someone will be there to hold your airplane barf bag, clean your dirty T-shirt, and make sure you get home safely.
All signs of true, true love.