When one chooses to travel they make a statement. They proclaim proudly that they’re hungry for life experiences, interested in expanding their horizons, and crave adventure. Traveling says more about a person than whichever sports jersey they rock, zip code they reside in, or even language that they speak! Those things matter much less when you realize that you’ve got the potential to find a deeper connection through travel. In order to travel, a person must, at the very least, have a passport, know enough about geography to pinpoint a place to begin their journey, be financially “together” enough to purchase both a passport (which isn’t cheap) and a flight and have a certain amount of badass-ness that you most likely share. Whether it’s a trip to Cancún, or a stay in the Ecuadorian Amazon, these very different travelers will have at least the above, if not much more, in common. Sometimes skin-folk ain’t kinfolk, and sharing an alma mater or even a hometown isn’t a strong enough basis to start a friendship. Travel however, is.
The times you share are completely unique to that place and moment in time
Food poisoning in Bali help you to bond with a fellow backpacker? Share a free walking tour with strangers who eventually became friends while exploring Brugge? Get lost in Rome with your hostel roommate? Again, these are experiences that are so unique, and will leave a long-lasting impression. You will meet people on your travels, no matter how far the distance, that will shape your trip, how you remember your travels, and possibly impact your life (ideally for the better). No matter the circumstance, both the tiny moments and the big moments are fleeting and so special. Names may fade, faces may get blurry as time goes by, but these adventures are forever!
You Can Skip 21 Questions, and Jump to Your Real, Genuine Interests
Those awkward encounters of, "what’s your favorite color and where are you from?" are a bit trite, no? Again, if the Universe has worked its magic and you find yourself in a bungalow in Curaçao at 3 a.m. sharing stories, laughter and maybe a few libations with someone you feel like you’ve known all your life, but actually only met 10 hours ago… that’s how tribes are formed.
Pressure Makes Diamonds
Life speeds up when you’re traveling, and you may experience a different set of pressures and stressors that would never be a factor at home! One major component of a strong friendship is establishing trust, loyalty and seeing that you can depend on the person. Although travel is full of positive moments, sometimes life happens, and a passport gets lost, or an iPhone gets dropped in the Ganges… you know? Regular life stuff. I’ve met some of my favorite people on the planet during high-stress situations when we really had a chance to come through for one another.
Travel is more often than not short, but sweet, and there are so many lived moments that happen in a period of time that it’s almost as if life gets fast-forwarded which is why strangers turn into tribe members. Moments are fleeting, but the memories make an impression on our hearts long after the passport stamps fade. I think the most beautiful thing about finding a tribe is that you can have a tribe in different cities, countries and continents. Tribes move. Tribes grow. Tribes travel. Tribes vibe. But more importantly, tribes always show up, show out, and lean in.
Tell us about your tribe below in the comments!
Danni, Community + Content Director at Las Morenas de España, is a twenty-something, Chicago native currently residing in Madrid. Lover of language, words, and travel, she's managed to combine all of her passions through her work. In her free time, you can find her exploring the winding streets of Madrid, hunting down good flight deals, planning her next adventure and writing & researching for LMDES. Danni loves spicy food, natural hair, music and of course, her wonderful husband. If you need to find her, she’s the girl with huge hair and her face buried in her Kindle.