Travelling to see amazing places is wonderful. But the kind of travel that either introduces you to new friends or cements incredible friendships with people you’ve already met – whether online or offline – is absolutely my favourite travel of all.
I have made both short-term and long-term friendships on my travels and they’re all special. I remember a French couple we hiked with for a day in Hokkaido. A Japanese guy I met on a train in Tunisia, had breakfast with the next day and never saw again. And of course, I think about my bestest travel friends, people I’ve met up with again and again, gone to stay with, talk to regularly.
In this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I got to chat to three other travellers who have had similar experiences. Enjoy.
Show notes: Episode 46 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast
Online or Off? Friendships and Travel
Travelling is a great way to make friends; travelling to meet up with online friends in the real world is another great reason to travel. In Episode 46 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I chat with three travellers who have tales to tell about the friends they meet up with around the world.
First up, Cait Flanders describes the road trip she went on through the United States which include a large serving of meeting up with people she’d previously only known online – all with great success. After Cait, I speak with Serena Star-Leonard who has had similarly positive experiences traveling to meet up with people she has first connected with online.
I also chat with Emma Mann who describes friends she has made in the real world first while travelling – but of course, the online world makes it possible to keep in touch with them and continue those friendships.
- Cait Flanders’ website
- Cait’s Budgets and Cents podcast
- Serena Star-Leonard’s Retire in 12 Months project
- Travel Kids Club
- Emma Mann at The Vagabond Feminist
- Emma’s Flying Foodie blog
- Help me find my friend Yuko
- Join the great Thoughtful Travellers Facebook group