Written by Michael

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It’s the part they don’t tell you about…

We’ve all been there. I’ve been there countless times.

There you are having the best time with your new found friends in a foreign land. 

You’ve met them over a pint of beer, on a walking tour, or in the hostel lobby.

If you met these people back home they would probably become some of your closest friends.

You’ve known them for a few days, a few hours, or even a few minutes, but you’re exploring cites together, getting drunk together, and creating memories that you wont forget in a jiffy.

You’re experiencing the best aspect of travelling; being completely free and sharing it with the coolest people you could wish for.

Chilling with friends made at a festival in Helsinki

Then its over.

Just like that.

You’re travelling onto Budapest and they’re going to Berlin.

You exchange numbers and add them of Facebook. However, deep down you know that unfortunately you’re probably never going to see them again. Your paths may cross in future. But for now, its goodbye

You feel empty.

No matter how much you have traveled, It’s the one part of it all that you cant quite get used to – and i don’t think you ever can.

It’s especially hard to say goodbye to travel friends because you’ve met in a moment where your completely free, exploring the world. You become fiends with them through a shared interest; travelling! You’re like minded people who identify with each other and its rare to find people with such similar interests but when you go travelling, pretty much everyone you meet shares these interests with you!

When travelling you throw caution to the wind and trust people straight away only knowing their name and what country they’re from – it’s a bit crazy.

Parisian friends

Even though you don’t get used to these goodbyes, you come to terms with it and realize it’s part of travelling.

Travelling, and hostels especially, are like one big revolving door; when one awesome set of mates leave, another bunch will pop out of no where for you to have an awesome time with.

Its bitter sweet, but its the way it has to be, it’s also the best way for it to be. You’ve met these people, you’ve had the best of times together and you’ve said goodbye as the best of friends. Memories have been made that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

You’ve said  your goodbyes for now.

However, you know that if you were to ever meet againโ€ฆit would be like you saw each other yesterday.

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37 thoughts on “The Only Downside of Travelling They Didn't Tell You About.

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  2. Hit the nail on the head! Very well written. But I like to think of it as a life lesson. Many struggle to say/accept goodbyes, and travel forces you to live in the moment and do just that!

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  3. I know what you mean very well. But if you meet again would it b the same? Its a question I often ask myself. Flaubert wrote that “It is always sad to leave a place to which one knows one will never return. Such are the melancolies du voyage: perhaps they are one of the most rewarding things about traveling” It’s about places certainly but maybe its the same about people?

  4. Thank you for the follow, I really appreciate it. I’ve actually read a couple of your blogs before but I’m only recently getting more into blogging, I actually love it now, I just wish I was better at it lol ๐Ÿ™‚ I love this post though, I can relate to most of it, maybe the socialising not so much but still I meet some amazing people from around the world. I also love that you don’t use many “I”s in your blogs unlike me, I really need to start learning.

  5. These are the people that change the way we view the world, and the more people who meet others from other cultures, the more chances our world will have of surviving. Hey, have you traveled to Ireland? I’m going in July and am seeking great local spots in Dublin and Killarney.

  6. I always wanted and dream of having a blog like this. Of course, travelling around the world. But Im still a student so I just went on Philippine destinations near my place.

  7. Love your post. This really hit home as I’ve had this experience over and over again, meeting amazing people and having to say goodbye too soon. However, with Facebook and some planning I’ve already managed to visit some of them or meet them in the most unlikely of places. It really is a small world!

  8. This is a downside. Often I feel as though I meet people I connect with way more than over here in Australia. Thankfully I still keep in touch with a lot of them – but it’s all about making the genuine effort. It’s sad to see some friendships fade into the distance -T

  9. I went travelling on a round the world trip back in the day (1998), waaaay before Facebook or other social media really took off, we only just had emails and a mobile phone was still a rarity. I met about a billion amazing people and actually managed to keep in touch with quite a few of them. One ended up being my flatmate in London – we now live on different continents but still keep in touch. I attended the wedding of another. Another became “the one that go away”. There is definitely something about travelling (especially solo) that bonds. Living overseas as an expat is similar, although it takes a bit longer to get to know people.

  10. I can relate…bitter sweet indeed. But you know, I make sure that I see them again when I go to their country or some of them contact me as well when they visit the Philippines. Although, I missed some of them last year because I was also travelling in other parts of the globe. Haha! It’s so nice to reminisce all the good-crazy-fun stuff you did with them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. This reminded me of all those wonderful people that I have met while travelling – be it on trails or hostels or tours. I may never see them again in my life but they will remain special forever. It’s amazing how you just connect and think fondly of them for the rest of your life

  12. This is so true and so sad. I’ve been astounded at how many people I’ve really connected with these last four months travelling round Asia and I hope I’ll see some of them again, I really do. Well expressed!

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