People do come and go in your life but that doesn’t mean that you will never see them again – ever.
You will meet a lot of people while travelling. It’s almost inevitable to meet people when you travel. Even if you are travelling alone, you will meet people. Actually, I think you even have higher chances of meeting people when you travel alone. But I will talk about that in another post! 😉
Most people love travellers. People will want to talk to you; they will be curious about you and will ask you why you are travelling, what you do in life, etc etc.
You might think that it’s not so common to travel but there are actually lots of travellers around the world! It’s surprising sometimes to see so many backpackers in some places! Many parts of Thailand for example can be really touristy. Even in really rural places you will unexpectedly meet someone with a backpack and that familiar “backpacker’s look” (I don’t know what that looks like but you will probably know someone is also a traveller).
Unless you are really anti-social and do nothing but watch tv while locked inside your hotel room (why would you travel so far just to stay in a hotel room watching tv?), you will have some sort of interaction with fellow travellers or locals. You will have to ask for directions, talk to the hotel/hostel receptionists, buy your train ticket, etc.
Backpackers will flock together like birds of the same feather. You will go to bars, drink, explore the city with fellow travellers. It is one of the joys of travelling, meeting people and sharing experiences with the people that you meet while travelling.
But then just as quickly as the meeting, you will also probably have to also say goodbye quickly. You each have your own itineraries, your own plans and sometimes, they don’t necessarily match. Your new awesome traveller friends will want to go to a different city or travel to another city sooner than you. And so you have to say goodbye. And that is just another fact of travelling: You will meet people quickly and say goodbye to people just as quickly.
But hey, we live in a time when “keeping in touch” is almost readily available. We have emails, facebook, instagram, whatsapp, skype and other forms of communicating. And while we can’t just talk to people online, if you want to make your “reunion” happen, it will happen. And also, don’t be too exclusive on your circle of friends! haha… It doesn’t mean that the person you travelled with for 1-2 or 3 days isn’t “worth” seeing again. Or the person that you met 10 years ago, is just a person in the past and and there’s no way that you will meet again. If you want to meet again and if you make it happen, it will happen.
I think sometimes though, we expect too much of ourselves and from people when it comes to communication. Because quick, easy online communication is readily available, we expect that people or we need to be readily available to us – to always “communicate” or chat on facebook regularly in order to “maintain connections.” We expect that people reply to us fast and quickly. That is just not possible. Especially if we live in different time zones and continents and we live different lives. But even with the distance and time, it doesn’t mean that we are not connected anymore and that our shared experienced in the past is forever gone.
It is alright if we have them on our facebook friends but not talk to them regularly. We can still meet them again even if we met 10 years ago! I myself do not like chatting on facebook or skype. I post things on my social media but rarely chat. But it doesn’t mean I don’t care or do not want to talk to the people on my friend’s list. Or it doesn’t mean that I don’t want to meet the people that I have met while travelling again.
It is a small world and we can never have too much friends and connections. Even if the connection right now is mostly just online, perhaps there will be a day when you guys will have the opportunity to meet again.