To continue with your wonderful way with words this will make even less sense, but look at it this way - if you travel with a friend and it goes wrong, you loose a friend. If you plan to travel with someone you don't know (i.e. meet online etc), you have a little to loose, but if it goes well you'll gain a friend. If its people you meet on the way, you have absolutely nothing to loose - you can gain lots of very good friends for life/contacts, but if you don't, you haven't lost a good friend from previously!!
I KNOW that if i travelled with allot of my, urm, for want of another much better way, normal friends (school/uni/general life etc) it would end up going wrong and i'd loose friendships from it and in the fall out. Friends can come out and join you for a week or two, yes, but longer term,, Nooooooooo.
Someone sounds like they got burned (?)
Gelli-i am in total agreement with you there matey!!
Well I got pretty burned myself travelling with supposed "friends" from home. One in particular had real difficulty with me speaking to new ppl and didnt speak to me for three days when I took an interest in a French guy we met along the way. So, its a pity but I realised on that trip that he and I werent as good mates as we thought. He was just unwilling to experience anything new and wanted me to behave exactly as I always do at home - Who wants to do taht when they're travelling?
I think Gelli's advice is of the sound variety there - dont become a complete loner...just when it suits you. This is your trip - take what you need from it and leave the rest. Who knows you might even make some good friends along the way.
Samsara - personally, i've never got burned, but i've seen it happen far too often (including in people i didn't know). Admittedly the reason i've enver got burned is because i've never travelled with any of my "normal" friends for more than 10 days or so, and that was deliberate and relatively fixed holidays anyway. I wouldn't even consider setting off on a proper travel (as opposed to fixed period holiday/break) with any of my non travel friends