Getting by with a little help from our friends
Everyone knows that friends are great. They make you laugh, look out for you, listen to your crazy stories and often support your even crazier antics. Going traveling might mean leaving some friends behind at home, but also gives you an opportunity to see old friends who have moved away, and make new friends on the road. We’ve had a blast doing both!
Having old friends overseas
What better reason to visit somewhere when you have a friend who lives there? They know your story, they speak your language and they are often good for some light relief on the road! On our trip so far, we’ve spent time with old friends in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
They moved their family to Thailand for work about a year ago and have settled in just fine. They were very kind and let us stay in their home for free, and event lent us their ute! Both of those things are a massive help when you’re traveling on a modest budget.
Our friends had awesome insight into the Thai culture, some good stories about the Thai language and took us to all the best places to eat. We enjoyed food on the side of the road, and food at a fancy restaurant. They also shared their recommendations about what to see and do, not only in Chiang Rai but in other parts of South East Asia too. Most importantly we got to chill out and enjoy time with them and their wee girls.
In the near future, we’ll be enjoying time with old friends in LA, Philadelphia, and London and we can’t wait to see them!
Making new friends overseas
One of the best things about travel is meeting other people. They broaden your horizons, teach you to be a better communicator and will sometimes help slide you to the very edge of your comfort zone (or just over it). Better yet, new friends will usually be up for a beer! Finally, they will often be happy to tell you the best and worst bits of their travels and share their recommendations.
It can be tough, even for a couple of extroverts like us, to break the ice when we’re in a new place. We’ve found the best thing to do is just be friendly and say “Hi!”. You’ll be surprised how far a smile can take you.
Having friends at home
Sometimes you just need a hand from someone you can trust, and being able to reach out to a mate at home becomes invaluable. When I ended up in a Chinese hospital in Laos, and there was a communication breakdown, we knew just the person who could help us out. A quick wifi connection later and Andrew was on the phone to a friend who kindly removed our language barrier without too many questions… I hate to think how we would have managed without them.
Thanks for all the love and support from those friends at home who we have left behind.
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