Day 1 and you’re standing at your welcome meeting nervous AF with no friends and no familiar faces. Fast forward to a few days later and you’ve got your new Contiki family right by your side. But after all the laughter, tears and unforgettable experiences shared together it’s adios amigos, and just like that it’s all over.
The relationships made on Contiki trips are some of the strongest relationships you’ll ever make. You may find your BFF, a romantic interest, and maybe even your future hubby or wifey...
Incredible travel experiences + spending intense amounts of time together = some of the strongest relationships you'll ever make
There’s just one little issue once you’ve successfully made the most unbreakable bond ever – distance. It’s a bitch, right? You live in the UK and your new BFF lives in Sydney? Or you’re from Canada and you’ve conveniently fallen head over heels in love with someone from France. Ouch. It’s not ideal, but there are ways to ensure your Contiki relationships stand strong…
Keep in touch
It’s pretty easy to go back to your 9-5 ways and forget all about your travels, but don’t. It’s likely the people you met along the way made a pretty great impact in shaping you and making your travel experience what it was. These are the people you have created so many memories with, and in today’s world there’s really no excuses. Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp groups, FaceTime, the list goes on.
But really keep in touch
To really ensure you keep a close relationship, don’t just tag them in the odd insta meme. Instead, check in and give them a call to get the DL on what’s new. This will ensure you maintain a personal relationship and one that’s special and you’re both invested in.
Plan your next trip together
It may seem a little pointless keeping up a relationship if you don’t know when or even if you’ll see these people again, but remember there’s one thing that brought you together and one thing that will keep you there: travel. So get saving and planning your next trip to their home town – free accommodation, a local guide, the inside scoop & your travel companion back by your side – need we say more?
Trust the time you’re apart
As the saying goes distance really does make the heart grow fonder, and this is especially true with every type of travel relationship. Once you’re reunited you cherish the time you spend together and appreciate each other so much more. And when you’re apart? Trust that it’s all worth it for when you’re finally reunited.