One of the most exciting moments of travel can be when you meet that person or persons who open up your world. These people from all over the world test your boundaries, open your thoughts up and show you a world you may have been shielded from back home. Creating friendships that no man made border can contain will be stimulating, in however way you want to take that, but can also be tough.
Saying goodbye is never easy. Granted, not everyone you meet at the hostel, or beach or wherever, are people you care for and want to stay in touch with. But there are always a few, that make your stay abroad, whether a weekend or a year, so much more memorable. Going your separate ways will be difficult, it will hurt and you will miss your new friends from all corners of the globe.
Luckily it is 2014, and keeping in touch with someone world’s away doesn’t require carrier pigeons or snail mail. You don’t have to rely completely on memories, and hope that they won’t fade in time. Skype, Whatsapp, Facebook, and various other social networks and apps connect us to each other. We are all accessible with the press of a button.
Although it can be hard, it’s important to remember that these memories wont fade if strong enough. And whenever you need a refreshing interaction with a friend from the other side of the world, you can make it happen. Keep that mind open and those relationships strong. Global perspective comes from seeing the world, but more importantly having meaningful interactions with those you meet along the way.
Keep exploring and keep growing. You’ll come out with more friendships than you know what to do with.