Don’t Be Friends With A Girl Who Travels

Inspired by “Don’t Date a Girl Who Travels,” an article originally posted on Love the Search that has already been translated into over 20 languages.

UNSPLASH Amos Bar-Zeev

Don’t be friends with a girl who travels. She’ll be the one who rolls her eyes when other people pester you about your relationship. She’ll buy you a beer and change the subject, asking you instead about whom you’d marry, kill, or do on a desert island.

Don’t be friends with a girl who travels. She’ll teach random drinking games at parties, and she’ll carry dice in her purse just in case. She’ll always shrug when people ask about her why she’s single. Then again, if you ask her to tell an epic sex story, you’ll get an earful.

Don’t be friends with a girl who travels. If you ask her where her favorite city is, her eyes will glaze over as she talks. She’ll tell you about the best pizza she ever tasted, or the baguette that made the perfect sound when she tore it. She’ll tell you stories that make you hate her and want to spend the rest of your life with her at the same time.

She’ll wake up after a night out with mascara all over her face and walk to the store to pick up coffee and groceries. She’ll vote to make breakfast at your house instead of going out to a restaurant, and ask you where you keep the hot sauce.

Don’t be friends with a girl who travels. Even though you may see her the least out of all your closest friends, she’s the one you have the most intimate conversations with, even when you only have a few hours together. Phone calls mean something with her, and she’ll be the one to answer at 4 AM – with or without a time change.

She’ll have “feelings” that seem to urge her to go to one place or another, always hoping to start a new life, or start a new chapter. She can’t stay in one place for too long; she gets antsy and nervous that her life is creeping by without her. She will always need a new landscape, new people, and new perspectives to keep her breathing. You’ll sometimes feel left behind, until you book your ticket to visit her.

Don’t be friends with a girl who travels. When you introduce her to your other friends, she’ll find something in common with them no matter who they are or where they’re from. She’ll make them laugh about something mundane and irrelevant and you’ll hear about it later. Don’t introduce her to your family; they’ll just pester you about why you aren’t dating.

Don’t fall in love with your friend who travels. She will pick splinters out of your skin with tweezers, help you change the tire in the dead of winter, and always have a little bit too much compassion for the homeless, in your opinion. Sometimes, you’ll miss her when she’s sitting next to you, because it will seem she’s already thinking of where to go next. 

Lena Kazer

Lena is a Chicago native, her travel style consists of red cowboy boots that make her feel like she can take over the world. She adores Peru and can't travel without her journal to draw or write in.

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