There are many good reasons to travel.
For me, I love the excitement of the unknown. It’s being anonymous in a big city or getting that small glimpse into a different culture. It’s the history I only ever read about in books or that famous landmark I see only in films. And it’s the food, oh yes, the food.
But there is one other reason that I haven’t yet mentioned and it has to do with that human relationship thing commonly known as “friendship”. I’ve written before about the kindness of strangers, but today I want to talk about new friendships that last long after travel is over.
It has been almost 3 years since I went to Cambodia. I was 20, still at uni and pretty flippin’ lucky to get the opportunity to visit Cambodia with 9 others, most of whom I’d only just met. Cambodia was all of those things I mentioned above, and more – it was exciting, unknown, eye opening and delicious. An experience I shared with only 9 other people and 3 years on we are all still mates.
Last weekend I caught up with 5 of the 9 and was reminded of how unique “travel friendships” can be. We spent the night reminiscing about Cambodia and giggling about things no one else would understand.
Gemma, Rotem, Steph, Chris and Rhys – thanks for hanging out and reminding me of how cool you all are. Looking forward to our next reunion, but in the meantime, here are some snaps from our time in Cambodia all those years ago.
– Bec x