When we wander, we get lost. We get ripped off. We get robbed. There are moments of self-doubt, and of course, strains on long-distance relationships (whether from our families, friends or romantic partners). If you travel often, or occasionally, chances are that every single trip hasn’t been rainbows and unicorns.
You might get a paranoid parent who doesn’t want his or her child to go overseas, or a boyfriend or girlfriend begging you stay at home; but for most part, travelers want other people to travel. We travel because we love it, and we want other people to see, do and love life the way we do!
And since it isn’t always easy, and others have aided us, we’re going to give what we can.
4. Umm… all the cool kids are travelers.
By nature, if we like someone, we are going to lend them a hand. If we enjoy their company, we want to hang out with them, work with them, travel with them.
These are the types of personalities that become our friends. And when traveler equates to friend, we look out for each other.
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5. Reciprocity. We know we will again be in a position where we’re going to need a little scratch on our back, so we may as well get to scratching now.
It’s an unwritten rule.. right?
This article is for every person whose couch I’ve slept on; for the locals who have shown me their city when I have been abroad; for the the people I’ve met at hostels, while camping, and while at hotels. It’s also for all of the professional travelers who I’ve recently met online who have wholeheartedly welcomed me into the travel industry.