Travel Solo, With Your Best Friend, and Your Grandma
The other day I was thinking about all the places that I’ve traveled to, and how much the people that I have chosen to go with completely changed each experience. Many people do not realize the impact that traveling with different people can have on your experience. I have had the opportunity to travel solo, with my best friend, and my grandma. Each experience has been extremely different. It has made me realize how much I appreciate that I have been given the opportunity to experience so many different places with people that have had such a big impact on my life. So I decided to write something about each of my experiences to give you an idea of how the person you choose to go with can impact your travels and the experience you have.
The bad thing I have found about traveling is if you wait for someone to go with you all the time, you will never go. So what is the best way to fix it? Travel Solo! After a lot of debating, I finally gathered up some courage and booked my very first solo trip with EF college Break. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I was afraid to go somewhere completely by myself. So the next best thing was to join a tour where I would know absolutely no one. When I jumped on the plane to Belize there were a million things running through my head. I was super nervous because I didn’t know anyone, and had no idea what to expect. After arriving though, it didn’t take long at all before I met a bunch of amazing people. Taking this trip forced me out of my comfort zone. It made me open up, and become friends with people with so many different backgrounds. Taking the leap of faith to go alone opened so many doors, and has given me a new sense of confidence. Not to mention, now I have a bunch of awesome new travel partners !
Planning A trip with your best friend is one of the best things you can do for so many reasons. The best reason is that you can make what seems impossible to be possible. Pick a crazy destination. Then put the plan into action. I wanted to bungee jump. She is a huge fan of Lord of the Rings. 10 months later we are on a plane to Tahiti and New Zealand. After bungee jumping off the Auckland Bridge, Canyoning waterfalls, and seeing the awesome movie set for Lord of the Rings. We started to plan our next trip back to New Zealand on the plane ride home! 8 months after that we were on our way back to Auckland along with Sydney, Cairns, and Port Lincoln, Australia with plans to dive the Great Barrier Reef, Go cage diving, and so many more adventures. To this day I can’t believe we pulled it off, but the things we did and the memories we made are irreplaceable.
Traveling with your grandma may be one of the most memorable things that you can do. It is not like traveling with anyone else. You can learn so much. The first time I traveled with my grandma was on a cruise to the Bahamas, and then to Salem, Massachusetts for Halloween. Teaching her how to do the whip and the Duggy during a dance party and drinking with her by the pool. We walked down the streets of Salem dressed up like witches, and got our fortunes told. You may be surprised, but my grandma can party like a rockstar. It really shows you what it means to live your life to the fullest. Just let go and have fun. If you have the opportunity to go with your grandparents I urge you to do so. They have so much to teach you!