Making friends is a good thing!
And making friends at hard times or low times while on the road the greatest of all!!
Those friends that you make at the hard times of traveling are ever lasting; you are forced to trust each other under certain hard circumstances, and most of the times you come out of that situation as lifelong best friends.
I have made some great friends on the road, many of them are still very close friends until this day, some even came back to visit me in Egypt long after our trip was done, with others at least we still talk on regular basis online, thanks to facebook for making it easier to stay in contact with every person you get to know!
However, with every great thing comes its bad side.
At home, you make friends by getting to know them through people at certain gatherings, or through your school or work place, or even by chance in a bar or so. But my point is, at home, you always have all the time in the world to do what you want, and what they want. Meaning, if, for example, you’re into football and there is an important match going on tonight, you can watch it together, even if they are not THAT into football, because then after the match, or maybe tomorrow, you can go shopping with them even if you don’t enjoy shopping that much. You have time to do it all.
Making friends on the road is almost completely different than making friends at home.
On the other hand, making friends on the road and hanging out with them means you have to compromise and give up some things (and them too!)
To further explain it, you met those friends in a hostel, they are great people, extremely cool and you just want to hang out with each other for your stay in that country, you move together to the next city where they will only spend one day there, you wanted to spend two days, one of them hitting the beach and relaxing and the other checking out the museums and such…That is what I meant, one of you will have to let go of their itinerary.
And because we are humans, none of us has the same exact taste in everything like the one next to them. You can have so much in common, but there will still be a few things that are different.
And that is the point where you will have to calculate the risk/benefit ratio as we called it when dealing with drugs. You will have to see which one you will enjoy more, giving up continuing your trip with those friends for sticking to your taste and itinerary, or giving up a few things to stick with them…
There is no general rule, and it always depends on how much liking you have taken into those new friends, and if they are worth giving up things for them or not.
Did you make friends while traveling? Did you have to change your itinerary or did they change theirs so you’d hang out together or each of you went their separate ways?