12 Reasons Girls Who Love To Travel Make The Best Girlfriends

12 Reasons Girls Who Love To Travel Make The Best Girlfriends

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

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Subtle Ways You May Be Disrespecting Your Friend's Relationship

If they make your friend happy, you shouldn't be doing these things.

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No ones significant other wants to tell them they don't like their friends. And trying to tell anyone not to hang out with the people they're closest too is a disaster waiting to happen.

Some people really just don't like their friend's partner, but others have no idea the damage they may be doing to the relationship. If you are more aware of some things to avoid, hopefully, you, your friend, and their partner can all get along in peace.

1. When you see your friend, make sure to acknowledge their partner.

To be honest, this is a basic courtesy. If you go to say hi to anyone in a group of people, it is polite to greet, or at least acknowledge, everyone there. If you completely ignore that your friend's partner is even there, it will make them feel awkward and neglected. Just say hi.

2. Don't be overly touchy-feely with your friend, especially around their partner.

Obviously, this mostly applies to friends of the opposite sex (for heterosexual couples). Look, there is nothing wrong with having friends of the opposite sex but just know your boundaries. You may think your friend's partner is being jealous for no reason, but are you doing anything that might make them uncomfortable?

You don't need to always have your arm around them or be leaned up against them. It is really inappropriate to kiss them on the cheek or give them super long hugs, even if that is something you did before they had a partner, and even if it is completely platonic.

You can still hug and be close to your friend, just be respectful of their boundaries. If you don't give their partner any reason to be jealous then they will have no basis to dislike you.

3. If you invite your friend somewhere, it is polite to also invite their partner.

Even if you assume your friend's partner is going to come, it is nice to make them feel welcomed. And if you don't want their partner to come, make sure they are not together or planning to be together when you invite your friend.

You don't have to always have their partner around, but don't make it a habit of not inviting them. If they don't feel welcomed around their partner's friends, then they probably won't feel as confident in their relationship.

4. Don't ever bring up your friend's past relationships, especially around their partner.

Even if they are on good terms. Even if you are still friends with their ex. Just don't bring them up. No one wants to hear about their partner's past relationships or flings. It is embarrassing and uncomfortable to have to hear about your partner's exes.

5. If you are all out together, don't try to separate your friend from their partner.

There is a good chance that if you are out with your friend and their partner, their partner does not know many people there. If that is the case, don't try to separate your friend from their partner.

There may be an exception if their partner has friends around too, or if they are outgoing and can talk to anybody easily, but otherwise, it is really awkward to be in that situation alone. They are with their partner for a reason, and it is nice to make their partner feel included as well.

Just don't make it a habit to always pull your friend away.

6. Don't put your friend in any awkward or risky situations.

If your friend is a cheater, that is not really any fault of yours. But don't be the friend who is known for putting your partnered friend in risky situations.

There is nothing wrong with going out occasionally with your friends, but it does not need to be a regular occurrence, especially if it makes their partner uncomfortable.

Along the same lines, if you know an ex-partner or fling will be there, you don't need to put your friend in that awkward situation. Just be aware of the situation and how it might make their partner feel.

To wrap up, you don't need to completely change your relationship with your friend just to make their partner happy; just make sure to be polite and respectful of their partner and their relationship.

These are some subtle things you may be doing that are hurting your friend's relationship that you don't even realize have negative consequences. Simply be more aware of some of these situations and how they could potentially make your friend's partner feel. After all, the best relationships are the ones where your partner's friends also become your friends.

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My BF And I Were 'Just Friends' And Now We're Celebrating Our One Year Anniversary

Dating my best friend was the best decision I have ever made.

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In August 2017, Brendan and I met. A group of friends invited him and me to go to Wendy's after a meeting for a school club. We talked the whole time — the conversation seemed endless in the best way possible. Later that night, I called him to ask him what water balloons I should buy for a celebration the next day. From that day forward, I cannot remember a day where I have not called him. It started off as nothing more as a platonic relationship from my perspective, but he would advocate otherwise.

Fast-forward to January 2018, Brendan and I started seeing each other outside of school. We would make up excuses and white lies to our friends and parents, saying that we were going to the library to study when really we would just sit in the parking lot and talk for hours until he had to drive me home. He became my best friend. I wanted to tell him everything — good news, bad news, stupid rants, my blonde moments, random and unfiltered thoughts. However, day-in and day-out, I kept denying that it was anything more than a friendship. Again, he would argue otherwise.

On April 27, 2018, I gave in.

We were sitting in his parked Dodge Durango, listening to a pop radio station. I was leaning over the center console to rest my head on his shoulder, and we were waiting for the sun to go down at a park. Abruptly, I looked over at him and ironically asked if he would be my boyfriend. For some reason, we did not tell our family or friends for about a month (sorry, Mum and Dad). I wish I would have realized it sooner, but regardless of timing, dating my best friend was the best decision I have ever made.

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Since then, our relationship has overcome insane distances.

Being 12 miles away turned into 1,601 miles when he went on a service trip to Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic this past summer. It went back to 12 miles for a little while. However, at the end of the summer, it turned into 413 miles when I moved to the University of Kentucky. In October, we were only a few feet apart as I hid behind his car in his school parking lot to surprise him. After I have returned and left home for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and spring break, he decided it was time for him to come to Lexington in March 2019.

All the time spent together and apart brings us to our one year — April 27, 2019.

Hey, Brendan: Although we will be 413 miles apart for it, happy one-year. You have been my rock and my best friend for the past 20-some months, and there are not enough thank you's that I can say to express how thankful I am that God put you in my life. I am so beyond grateful and appreciative for everything you have done and sacrificed for me and for us. I cannot wait to see where our journey will go next, but until then — here's to me and you. I love you. See you very very soon.

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