When travelling overseas, you might expect to pick up a handful of souvenirs in Europe, snap a few Insta-worthy pics down under in Australia, maybe even see a few ‘cool’ cities. But nothing can prepare you for the life-changing impact your travel friends (people you meet on the road) will have on your life.

Check out 8 reasons why these incredible people are the real deal, and guaranteed to last a lifetime.

1. They get to know the real you.
Your new travel friends don’t remember that embarrassing things you did in high school or that daggy haircut you rocked once-upon-a-time.

A trip overseas – whether it be your first time or if you are a backpacking-pro requires you to be bold, brave, and open-minded – which makes for a pretty awesome version of yourself. Just remember, your travel friends only know that side of you.

2. You’ll share once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Meeting like-minded people and sharing similar experiences is one of the most natural ways to bond with others, and what better way to do that than when exploring the world?

Whether it be snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef or white water rafting on the Zambezi River in Africa, you’ll never forget these experiences with the people next to you at the time.

Topdeck Travel South Africa Zambezi friends

3. They’ll see you at your best…and at your worst.
Fact: travel is AWESOME. That said, travel isn’t always pretty (sorry!). Just imagine: long journeys on overnight trains, jet-lag, language barriers and more.

Struggles aside, your travel friends will be right there with you, and of course help get you laugh your way through what might can be a difficult time.

4. They’ve got an open mind.
You’ll learn about cultures and people unlike anywhere you’ve ever experienced. You’ll encounter new ways of life and new ways of exploring. Your travel buddies will be accept your differences and embrace what makes you unique.

5. You’ll never bore them with your travel stories.
Your friends at home might start to doze off if they hear, “This one time in Vietnam,” from you. The good news? Your travel friends will be able to finish your sentence and respond with, “Remember that time in China?!”

6. You can always count on them to be up for an adventure.
They’ll never turn down the chance to see an epic sunrise even if it means waking up way too early. A last minute YOLO trip to Venice? You know who to call.

Topdeck Travel Europe Italy Venice friends

7. They are forever.
Travellers are transient by nature. Your newfound friendships aren’t based on proximity. Regardless of your location, you’ll have a mate to ride the London Eye with, or throw back a few pints at Oktoberfest Germany.

8. They get you.
The is the most important take-out, so pay attention. Your travel friends get it. While your friends at home are busy climbing the career ladder or settling down and *gasp* getting married (which is totally fine, btw), your travel friends understand the undying desire you have to see the world.

Basically, travel friends are legit one-of-a-kind.

Find your travel bestie on the road and book your next adventure with Topdeck here.

Before you go, click here to find out what to expect from your first trip overseas.

Katie Lofblad
Katie Lofblad quit her 9-5 job in 2016 to embark on a year-long journey around the world. She is happiest when she is exploring new places, lying on the beach or taking some epic photos. Follow her adventures at www.katielofblad.com and on Instagram @katie_lofblad.