Over the years I have taken quite a few tours with Contiki and have met quite a few people. While every tour has a different dynamic, they all have one thing in common – everyone becomes part of your new family for the length of the tour and beyond.
Of course you don’t need to go on a tour to make lifelong friends, but that is where I met my friend Stephanie who I traveled with in Colorado. We met on my tour to England and Scotland and kept in touch over the years. She even visited me when she was out East for work.
But what is so great about travel friends? They’re like family, not matter how much time has passed since you last saw them, they are still like family. There’s no awkwardness when you meet them years later. When you travel together you get to see each other morning, noon, night, hungover, tired, cranky, doing laundry, the walls quickly fall away. You’re irrevocably bonded together and even if you weren’t the best of friends, or didn’t have the same travel style, you’ll always look after each other and you’ll always be friends.