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Can you make true friends while travelling?

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1. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 9y

Hi there,

I just received a really sweet email from someone I met five months ago while travelling in Malaysia and it made me realize that you can make true friends eventhough you sometimes only spend a few days together, even if. I mean how often do you meet nice fellow backpackers you hang out with for a few days or nights in fact but as soon as your ways part you usually lose touch. Sometimes, maybe you exchange an email or two, but that's about it. After todays email I have thought about it and noticed that I have actually met some truly amazing peole while travelling around (this one goes to you, Evelyn-samsara2 ;)) and even a very short time you spend together can be a quality time that you will always remember. And the best thing is that all of the great people I've met while travelling and I'm still in touch with, have one major thing in common which is checking out new places and therefore I'm pretty sure I'll bump into them again sometime, somewhere in the world .
So, who else has met fantastic people while travelling and are you still friends with them or even have seen them again?

Steff

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 11, 2007, at 5:32 PM by steff ]

2. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 9y

Yea,i met this British guy travelling around indo china for his long vacation. Well,we wasted our time watching our team Everton lost to MU at Khaosan Rd. Well, i forgot to take his email or contact. But recently,when i came to KL to continue with my career, he came and approached me. Well,its nice to meet back a friend who you thought you might not meet anymore. And yea,he still remember me!!!
Its great!!! What a coincidence!!!!;) Cheers Bro!!!!

3. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting steff

Hi there,

I just received a really sweet email from someone I met five months ago while travelling in Malaysia and it made me realize that you can make true friends eventhough you sometimes only spend a few days together, even if.

Hmm... I don't remember sending an e-mail to you, Steff.

Ok, let me guess, is it that guy from Texas who ate the durian, but you stopped after the first bite? (Yes, Steff tried the durian, but it's a shame she didn't like it :( )

I mean how often do you meet nice fellow backpackers you hang out with for a few days or nights in fact but as soon as your ways part you usually lose touch. Sometimes, maybe you exchange an email or two, but that's about it. After todays email I have thought about it and noticed that I have actually met some truly amazing peole while travelling around (this one goes to you, Evelyn-samsara2 ;)) and even a very short time you spend together can be a quality time that you will always remember.

So far, I'm still keeping in touch with most of the travellers I've met. :)

And the best thing is that all of the great people I've met while travelling and I'm still in touch with, have one major thing in common which is checking out new places and therefore I'm pretty sure I'll bump into them again sometime, somewhere in the world .

You can count on that one, that is if you're still in Europe when I go there.

So, who else has met fantastic people while travelling and are you still friends with them or even have seen them again?

Me!!! Not really while travelling though, it's actually them travelling while I'm just... well, here at home, being a host. And haven't seen them again, yet, but I definitely will see them again - it's in the plans! :)

4. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 9y

True, Hien you haven't send me an email in a long time but I received one from Texas ;). At least we keep in touch, thanks to TP . And I definitely stay around in Europe until you get here, and no need to bring durian for me . (Steff starts thinking what things Hien will have to try when he comes to visit in Berlin...).

Steff

5. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting opospa

Well,we wasted our time watching our team Everton lost to MU at Khaosan Rd.

Is there a football stadium on Khaosan Road?

You'd think they'd just play in England, save the fans all the travelling expense.

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

The only person I met travelling and kept in touch with is Neal (and that's a whole different topic) - but I've never been travelling for more than a few weeks at a time, so that could be why. That said, I consider my TP friends to be true-blue friends. Even if we don't get to talk every day (and I haven't even met a few yet), they're still people I love "talking" to and they make me laugh!! I checked the mailbox on Friday and found a postcard from my best friend and an envelope from the Isas - and it was one of those moments when you know your life is truly blessed.

And that's my mushy moment of the day. ;)

7. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 9y

Quoting mikeyBoab

Quoting opospa

Well,we wasted our time watching our team Everton lost to MU at Khaosan Rd.

Is there a football stadium on Khaosan Road?

You'd think they'd just play in England, save the fans all the travelling expense.

LOL!!!Not even a Futsal pitch at Khaosan Rd.

Well,all those farangs watched that match were supporting Everton.
Germans,Americans,Japanese etc. Everton supporters.
Yea!!The Thais supporting MU except me.LOL.

8. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

I think you definitely can Steff (and thanks again for the kind mention ). Including you, I also have met some fantastic people on the road, and am glad to say that I am still in touch with many of them. It requires a real effort on both parts to do that, and it can be easy not to bother with someone who is a relative stranger, but it can be really worth it.

If I remain friends with even just a couple of the people I have met travelling, I'll be a happy lady. And what is the point of travelling if not to make new friends? :)

Hopefully, we'll have some fun times together again soon Steff ;)

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Steff:)

I have the same experience as u. Usually, only a couple of emails are exchanged, but a few of them have actually become lasting friends. I love when that happens, because travelling is important to me.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 30, 2007, at 1:42 PM by Mel. ]

10. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

hi Steff:)

I had an experience totally different from others.

I went to Nepal for a 3 weeks trip some 8 years back when all was well in Nepal and there was no Maoist agitation. Instead of getting friendly with fellow tourists i made the mistake of befriending a local Nepali girl;), whom i met accidently.

She mistook me and got carried away and started becoming emotionally attached to me..... I still didnt realise the gravity of the situation. then one fine morning she told her family about this and her parents along with a few more came to me and told me point blank to get married to that girl as it was against the local tradition to play with a girls feeling.

My God!!! i was shocked, as i had never played with her emotions, getting physical with her was totally out of question. I somehow managed to escape under the cover of darkness, else, had i waited for the sun to shine, there would have been darkness in my life:)

Arif

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 2, 2007, at 4:20 AM by arif_kool ]