I have a confession to make: I am THAT girl who would gladly live out of a suitcase if it meant that I could see the world.

I am also sure you have heard that expression before and it’s probably become a cliche, but it’s 100 percent true. I have also come to believe that it’s what makes us girls who love to travel the best kinds of girlfriends. You don’t believe me, do you?

1. We aren’t materialistic.

Say goodbye to the girl who gets upset when you don’t buy her what she wants for Christmas, even when she supposedly hinted to you a million times that she wanted a Michael Kors watch. When you’ve hiked up to the top of mountains (well aware that there were snakes) just for the breath-taking views, you could say that we care more about experiences, not things.

2. We are great storytellers.

If we went on a date with you and didn’t mention at least one of our insane travel experiences, then did we really even go on a date? This isn’t to say that we will talk the entire time, but we’ll have you so hooked in that you’ll encourage us to keep sharing and think to yourself, “Man, I wonder what it would be like to do those things with her.”

3. We know how to make decisions.

I know this is a small one, but no more frustrations about where we’re going out to eat for dinner that night. I mean, how many girls have told you before, “I don’t care, you pick a place?” Doesn’t that just annoy the crap out of you? We aren’t those girls, don’t worry. We’ll have you driving to get us a burrito in no time.

4. We will get you to step out of your comfort zone.

What’s the point of living life if you don’t try new things? Whether it’s convincing you to go interview for that job you aren’t qualified for or taking you somewhere you’ve never been, you’ll never be bored. When we are outside of our comfort zones, we see sides of ourselves that we never even knew existed.

5. We will always appreciate you.

Traveling has taught us how to appreciate all kinds of cultures, so expect us to show that same kind of appreciation for you. We want to hear all about your background and where you come from because after all, that’s what makes you who you are.

6. We are smart with our money.

When you plan a trip to Europe on a broke college student budget, you learn a thing or two about budgeting. Not to mention we know all the hacks about booking flights, hostels, you name it. We won’t be asking you to pay for our things (unless you absolutely insist, of course).


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7. We are perfectly OK being by ourselves.

Girls who have traveled alone so much have learned to enjoy the time they get to spend by themselves. We are a living example of the reason ‘alone’ and ‘lonely’ have two completely different definitions in the dictionary.

8. We don’t need to be connected 24/7.

After braving the shitty WiFi connections in dozens of countries, it’s no surprise that we don’t fret when there’s no Internet. Yeah, in the moment we may say, “Well, this sucks,” but we aren’t going to let that stop us from having a good time. If anything, we’ll make some memories that’ll last forever when we’re together.

9. We are some of the biggest risk-takers you’ll ever meet.

What’s the worst possible thing that can go wrong? If it doesn’t involve hurting anyone or breaking the law in the process, then why not just go for it? Let’s just skip to the part where we go skinny-dipping and worry about the consequences later.

10. We are great communicators.

Communication, communication. You’ll hear it’s what makes or breaks relationships, and that’s because it’s true. If we can get around a country where we barely know the language, then you sure as hell better believe we’ll tell you what’s on our mind. We’ll also listen to what you have to say and make sure that we understand exactly how you feel.

11. We know how to listen to our intuition.

We know when something’s wrong. I cannot tell you how many times I've been in a weird situation abroad and if I hadn't listened to my gut, things would have gone terribly wrong. The same goes for our relationships, we’ll coax it out of you eventually, even if you don’t want to talk about it at first.

12. We are never in a rush.

Flight got delayed? No problem. A five-hour layover sounds like heaven, even if it just means getting to take a food tour of the airport. If something out of our control goes wrong, we suck it up and make the best of it. There’s no point in trying to rush through life when you've got us by your side.