laws to travel by – #6

the-romantic-the-winoMake a few friends.

One of the major perks of traveling is the exposure to people of all different walks of life. Trust in us when we say: befriend them. Seriously, as many as you can.

Whether they’re locals, expats, or traveling fanatics just like you, they are invaluable sources of information and insight. They might be able to guide you to that hole-in-the-wall pub that most tourists don’t know about, or they may be able to tell you the best place to chow down on all the local cuisine. More than providing advice, meeting new people will enhance your trip tenfold. Some of our very best friends are people we’ve met while traveling and living abroad.

So the next time that couple sits down next to you at the bar, raise a glass to them. They’re your new amigos. You can thank us later.

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  1. the Hubs
    April 5, 2012 / 11:43

    The romantic and I bought drinks for a French scientist and his friends at a bar in Saint-Germain Des Pres, and he emailed me a couple weeks later promising to cover the bar tab next time we crossed paths. So we have that going for us, which is nice.

    • April 5, 2012 / 11:57

      and don’t forget the british couple we met in athens who were on their honeymoon and recommended that really cute bar with homemade ouzo! (nevermind that when we saw them later at that exact bar they were PLASTERED and didn’t remember us).

  2. April 5, 2012 / 14:10

    In Istanbul, my friend and I shared a hostel room with a woman from Sweden. I’ve remained email buddies with her and she has since offered us a place to stay if we care to visit her country. We also exchange travel pics and experiences. It’s so nice to live vicariously through new found friends!

    • April 5, 2012 / 14:46

      agreed! we’ve met so many interesting people on our journeys- i met one of my best friends while studying abroad in paris, and a year later we moved to ireland together and later lived with each other in new york! you never know what friends you’re going to make along the way! xo, the wino

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