The very first time my best friend Candice and I traveled together, we struggled. It was our first time in New York City and our first time spending 100% of our time together; I was certain our friendship was over.
Though we struggled, thankfully that vacation didn’t break us. I mean, it definitely tested our friendship but we survived that trip. Friendships, much like romantic relationships, require hard work and compromise which is something that Candice and I have had to learn over and over again. Spoiler alert: the hard work definitely pays off. It’s now been a few years since that forsaken trip to New York City and I feel like my friendship with Candice is the strongest it’s ever been.
This past weekend was spent in San Francisco and I though the travel blues have definitely set in, I’m left feeling completely grateful for this 10-year-old friendship and for the adventures that have come from it.
Though our main priority in traveling to San Francisco was to watch Allen Stone live, it ended up becoming a fun-filled three nights. We explored the Mission District, made it down to Castro street, found the clam chowder at Pier 39, aimlessly strolled through Union Square and watched late-night MTV (so many bad shows, so little time).
Get you a travel partner that will walk for 573 hours (that’s an estimate) through the Mission District in San Francisco so that you can look at all the beautiful murals.
Get you a travel partner that will find all of your best angles.
Most importantly, get you a travel partner that you’ll be happy around 24/7.
We didn’t get here easily. Again, friendships are hard work; we have had to compromise, we have had to fight it out, we have had to give each other the silent treatment, we have had to laugh it out, dance it out and all the hard work has been absolutely worth it. The point is, you won’t be able to travel with everyone and that’s okay. Traveling with someone takes a lot of communication but if you get it right, then you get the absolute best adventures.
To my best friend I say: Candice, we have worked so hard on this little friendship of ours. We have cried, we have laughed, we have danced and it has all been wonderful. I am grateful for every single adventure with you and here’s to a thousand more!