Over the years, I have been on many journeys with colleagues and strangers who have become good friends. I have also forged unexpected friendships with people I’ve met during my travels. When I started collecting quotes about travel with friends, it got me thinking about the strong bonds I have formed with strangers while on a trip far away from home.
Gazing at famous landmarks seems so much more meaningful when you can share the experience with someone else. It’s even more fun when you can share those moments with someone you like and get along with.
I’ve made friends with people from all walks of life, from retired couples to young solo travellers to family groups.
The beauty about this is I’ve made friends with people I may not have easily connected with while at home, such as the family from New York I met while trekking to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda and the family in the hills of Darjeeling.
Here are some travel with friends quotes to inspire you.
You might also like to bookmark these 100 travel quotes for inspiration.
20 Quotes About Travel With Friends
1- “Travel has a way of removing the gaps in your friendship timeline.”
You and your travel buddy are thrown together as you eat, sleep and explore the wonders of the world.
This shared experience has a way of compacting time and bringing you closer together very quickly. You’ll quickly discover the things
Have you ever joined a group tour (like the ones offered by packaged tour companies such as Tripadeal) where you might have been a bit apprehensive about travelling with strangers?
Strangely, many people who have been on these organised group tours will tell you that after a week, you’ve felt like you’ve known the people in your group for years.
2- “As soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to happen.” – Winnie The Pooh
These wise words from Winnie the Pooh might inspire you to go travelling with friends.
Age is no barrier to life-changing travel experiences and gap adventures for all ages.
Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s or beyond, travelling has the ability to enrich your life in more ways than one.
3- “The fastest way to make a friend for life is to travel with a stranger.”
When you travel with someone, it gives you the chance to get to know them a lot faster than when you’re at home.
A few years ago, a popular adventure travel operator did a survey of their clients and found that one in 10 women fell in love while travelling.
Most people are also looking for more friends as according to the same survey, almost half of us (45%) admitted to having fewer friends than we’d like.
4- “The best way to form a strong bond with someone is to travel with them.”
Travelling reveals a person’s true nature.
When you’re on a journey, out of your comfort zone, moving from place to place, it’s not easy to hide who you are from your travel companions.
You’ll see aspects of a person’s character, learn about their endearing and annoying traits in a few weeks and discover things about them that might take you years to learn when you’re at home.
5- “A daring adventure with your best friends might be just what the doctor ordered.”
According to the same survey mentioned above:
12% of people found their best friends on a holiday or living overseas.
31% of women admitted to falling for friends overall (overseas or otherwise).
23% of women agreed they had fewer friends than they’d like. While most have one to three close friends, almost half (43%) agreed they’d like to have four to six.
57% agreed they’ve lost friends over time, mostly due to drifting apart from mates as they get older, having different lives and priorities as well as finding it harder to make new friends as time goes on.
One out of five women felt that less than a quarter of their friends were actually reliable.
6- “I have found out there is no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” — Mark Twain
Ask anyone who has travelled with a friend and you’ll hear stories of good times and bad times.
You’ll learn very quickly whether you like someone or not.
When you travel with friends, you spend a lot of time together so if there’s already tension in your friendship be prepared for this to be magnified.
You have a shared interest automatically while travelling.
When you meet someone through work you haven’t actually chosen to be with these people but on a long journey, you have lots of time to strike up a conversation and get to know each other.
7- “Good Company in A Journey Makes The Way Seem Shorter.” – Izaak Walton
It’s funny how quickly time flies past when you’re travelling with friends you like and get on well with.
Your shared moments stay with you forever and the worst part about a trip with good friends is when it comes to an end.
8- “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust
Have you ever taken a friend to visit a place you love?
Experiencing your favourite destination through another person’s eyes can open your mind to things you may not have seen before.
The little things your friend might pick up can add a rich dimension to your enjoyment of the destination.
9- “Tell me with whom you travel, and I’ll tell you who you are.”- German Proverb
One experience I will always remember is learning to ride an elephant like a mahout (by sitting on its neck).
Elephants in tourism in Thailand is a polarising subject and while there are many operations that mistreat elephants, there are some that are doing good.
Riding an elephant like a Mabout seemed daunting at first but it was so much fun I’m itching to go back again with a group of friends.
Anyone want to come?
The 32 elephants at Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation were saved from begging and performing tricks in the streets.
The project is sustained through donations and elephant experiences for guests staying at luxury resorts Anantara Golden Triangle and Four Seasons Tented Camp.
The foundation is run by passionate elephant conservationist John Roberts.
The foundation’s head of Elephant Research, Dr Joshua Plotnik, is investigating elephant cognitive complexity by conducting experiments on memory, problem-solving and co-operation.
10- “A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles,” -Tim Cahill
We might travel because we’re inspired to see a famous landmark, stunning landscapes or a charming village but one of the most memorable aspects of your travels is the people you meet and the friends you make along the way.
The seeds of a friendship germinate in some of the most far-flung places and usually when you least expect it.
11- “We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson
Women are taking off in droves to see the world. When it comes to travel, James Brown’s wail “It’s a man’s, man’s, man’s world” is far from true.
Nowadays women are taking off to see the world in droves, with partners, sisters, mothers, best friends or even by themselves.
So pack your bags, girls, there’s a wonderful world out there waiting to be discovered.
Sometimes, a group tour can offer peace of mind, safety and security.
Many tour operators offer roommate matching services to reduce the single traveller surcharge.
Popular group destinations among women travellers include UK, Switzerland, Italy, France, Greece, Egypt and Vietnam. And exotic destinations are in demand.
The Eastern Mediterranean is hugely popular, in particular destinations such as Egypt and Turkey.
10- “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” ― Cesare Pavese
Travelling with friends in a group can be comforting, as you have someone else to rely on to make sure you’re on time and at the right place but it can also be challenging.
The best piece of advice I can give you is not to make any decisions when you’re feeling stressed or tired.
When you travel with friends, someone is likely to be cranky at some point as the stress of packing or catching a flight or a train can make anyone feel irritated.
12- “The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown..” ― Paul Theroux, The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road
I love wintery landscapes so visiting British Columbia in winter was like stepping into a scene from the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe but I had to conquer my fear of falling on a Blue run.
It was a three-week trip visiting six ski resorts and I decided I’d put my mind to learning how to ski.
I loved it!
Now, one of my favourite ways to travel with friends is to go on a skiing holiday.
13- “True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” – David Tyson
When you travel with friends, it’s easy to slip into just being with your travel buddy and not having to put on a mask.
One thing to keep in mind is everyone needs personal time and when you travel with friends, make sure you have some time for yourself to reflect and recharge.
14- “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” — Oprah Winfrey
It’s a good idea to discuss what everyone wants out of your trip before committing to plans.
You might all want to see the same destination, but it doesn’t mean you want the same thing out of it.
Just because you travel together doesn’t mean you need to spend every minute of the day together.
So keep in mind that not every activity needs to be a group activity and be flexible.
15- “Your close friends are the ones who are eager to hear about your adventures, but your best friends are the ones who go on them with you.”
History is dotted with the exciting adventures of intrepid women travellers such as Isabella Bird who rode on horseback with the Berbers in North Africa at age 70.
These days, venturing to out-of-way places is no longer reserved for privileged women.
Companies that run women’s-only trekking tours to explore remote destinations in the company of like-minded women.
Trekking and sleeping under the stars for days might not be everyone’s cup of tea but there are lots of other ways to experience local culture.
Activities such as walking tours, wine tasting, perfume making, cooking classes, art classes, leather making, glassblowing and fabric or jewellery making also offer the opportunity to learn new skills while on holidays.
More women are looking for experiential holidays where they can immerse themselves in the culture of the country.
16- “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” – Helen Keller
I always think of this travel quote when I visit places where the people seem happy.
Did you know that Vanuatu was voted as the happiest place in the world in the New Economics Foundation’s Happy Planet Index?
It’s easy to see why.
The people have big smiles on their faces and there’s a really relaxed mood. Being there made me feel that time (or lack of it) isn’t important.
17- “There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.” – William Butler Yeats
Adopt this attitude when you travel and you’ll be rewarded with rich experiences of making new friends wherever you go.
Sometimes, travel can help you forge firmer relationships with people you know.
Multi-generational travel is this year’s buzzword.
Taking a holiday with parents, kids and even grandparents can be a memorable shared family experience.
When it comes to far-flung destinations, sharing holiday memories is especially popular among women.
Forget shopping for cars, plasmas or houses.
A Galaxy poll, commissioned for Contiki Holidays, shows that travelling overseas is the number one priority for women aged 18 to 35. A whopping 87 per cent of young women surveyed hoped to head abroad within the next four years.
While the dream of buying a house, car and big TV hasn’t died for today’s young females, it has been shuffled down the priority list to make room for travel.
Top Gen Y destinations for women include Asia, Europe, America and the Pacific.
18- Everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Roman philosopher and statesman Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4BC to 65AD) once said this back when international travel was not possible for most people.
These days, technology has made the world grow smaller and many of us have friends all around the world.
19- “The experiences shared along the way with friends is more important than the destination.”
Making the journey with friends can add rich experiences to your travel memories and it’s those personal encounters and special moments that will continue to linger in your mind long after the trip is over.
Life was meant to be shared with good friends enjoying fantastic adventures together around the world.
If you’re travelling in a group of women, check out the women-only hotels and floors such as Artemesia in Berlin, Saudi Arabia’s Luthan Hotel & Spa and the Chopard Ladies Floor at Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai cater specifically to the needs of female travellers.
Jumeirah offers in-suite yoga facilities, cosmetics fridges, silky sheets and pink satin duvets.
20- “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Agustine of Hippo
What better way to read all the pages of your travel book than to share the story with your friends?
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