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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An Open Letter To The Girl In A Toxic Relationship Who Doesn't See The Signs To Let Go

"it took letting go to realize that I was holding onto nothing" -R.H Sin

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Dear you,

I hope you're doing well. I once thought I was too. I once thought that if he would just change, for me, everything would work. However, my sweet girl, you should not have to change people, you should not have to push people to be better, for you. You cannot help anyone, that does not want to help themselves.

In the movies, we learn to love a bad boy that needs changing. However, it isn't always your job to be boys saving grace. However, his shaming and emotional abuse is not just something you should put up with so that you can love him. That is not loving.

Love is not a constant competition of who could belittle the other one first. Love is not asking for a hug and being told no. Love does not make you feel stupid for bringing up things that hurt your feelings.

Love does not grow angry because you talk to your mom about your feelings. Love does not body shame. Love does not constantly change the passcode to their phone.

Love does not laugh when you find out they're unfaithful. Love does not tell you that you are not smart enough to accomplish anything. Love does not force their hand up your thigh when the words "no" slip out of your mouth.

Love is the warmth of a hand on your cheek when you get anxious. Love is getting your backpack out the car for you. Love is turning around when you need them. Love compromises.

Love is encouraging. Love is proud. Love is forgiving. Love sees you for who you are. Love knows you are worthy.

God is your Father and you are His daughter, so do not believe for one second that this abuse is the love you think you deserve.

Love will not always be easy. Love will be challenging and a constant prayer to not anger so quickly.

However, do not mix up challenging with the abuse. If you are losing the good pieces of yourself, then it isn't love. I know that you put a lot of time and effort into this relationship, but it is no good, you are holding on to someone whose heart is not in the right place to love you.

I connected with a poem from R. H. Sin, once I left my toxic relationship which reads, "it took letting go to realize that I was holding onto nothing."

Darling girl, you are so loved by so many people, do not let this relationship hold you back or make you feel less worthy than you are. I have always been the girl with her nose stuck up in the air smelling for smoke, to follow the trail to a burning house to find a boy that needed saving, but it is more than likely a boy that lit the fire in the first place and needs changing.

So, do not be me, be better. Be the girl that lights her own world on fire, for her work, for her family, for God. You are you and you are amazing, so do not fear being without him.

You will feel as if you have come up for air after drowning in an ocean that you had no idea you were swimming in.

The emotional abuse that this boy has put you through and maybe even physical abuse will leave you building walls around your heart. It will make other relationships hard, but you are so so strong.

You will meet someone that makes you so happy and feel so easy to love, you will never understand how you stuck around with the one that hurt you for so long.

You deserve to grow from this, and I promise you will.

Let go.

xoxo,

The girl who learned from a toxic relationship

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Being Far Away From My Boyfriend Actually Strengthened Our Relationship Instead Of Forcing It Apart

While we were apart, we became closer.

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Before I really start this article, I just want to say that my relationship isn't truly a long distance relationship. We are both college students at the same university eight months out of the year, but the other four months we live quite a distance apart. Even during those four months, we are only about 150 miles from each other as the bird flies, but really about three hours from each other.

Being in a relationship where I'm not able to see my boyfriend every day or even every week has been a real challenge. But it's been a good challenge. It hasn't been a challenge because I've felt unfaithful or fallen out of love with him in any way. It's challenging because I miss him. We both work jobs and our schedules aren't the same and oftentimes we aren't able to talk to each other unless it's early in the morning or late at night. There are times when all I want to do is talk to him and tell him about how my day went and get a big bear hug from him. Unfortunately, I'm not really able to do this.

I firmly believe that being apart from each other for days, weeks, or even months have brought us closer than we could've ever imagined. We knew that this would be difficult, and we knew that there would be bad days, but we decided to power through it. It has made each time that we are able to see each other so much more special and meaningful.

Seeing each other has become more of spending time with each other than just laying around on the couch playing around on our phones. It's become really getting to know each other better and catching up on all the things we had missed. It's become a time for us to simply be in each other's presence and enjoy being able to talk face to face without a phone in the middle of us. We go on more adventurous dates, we take more pictures, and I think we would both easily say that we fall more and more in love with each other after each opportunity we have to spend time together.

Spending time together is no longer a daily activity, but it has become a right to be earned through hard work and several paychecks as travel can become expensive. We no longer take opportunities to see each other for granted, and it has made us grow closer because we aren't able to spend time together often. We look forward to the days when we won't have to worry about being apart but know that this is only a stepping stone in our relationship.

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