Photographed and written by Caleb McCullough
Now when I say you should date a girl who travels I don’t mean a valley girl or her sorority sister who travels by plane to Paris or Rome with 3 bags and doesn’t leave the city. I’m talking about the type of girl who gets everything she needs into one backpack and sets out on a real adventure. If you can date a girl like that, then you’re one lucky guy.
I’m part Irish, so I think that’s where my luck came from. I met my girlfriend while backpacking through Nicaragua, and since we started dating, everyday is like burst of fresh air. If you don’t believe me, here are 12 reasons why you should date a girl who travels.
1. She’s Low Maintenance
If you’re fed up with having to wait 2 hours while your girlfriend gets ready for dinner, then you should date a traveler. An experienced female traveler learned a long time ago that she couldn’t fit all the makeup she owns into her backpack. She’s learned to live on the essentials in all aspects of her life.
2. You’ll Rarely Have to Go Shopping
I’d like to say never, but we all know that’s impossible, but at least when you are stuck shopping for new clothes with your lady you’ll enjoy it since it’ll be at places like, Patagonia, The North Face, and Columbia, instead of Victoria Secret and Bloomingdale’s.
3. She’s Beautiful and She Knows it
If she’s been out traveling the world, then you should know she feels comfortable in her own skin. Some girls can’t even leave the house without a pound of makeup on their face, but when you date a girl who travels this is never the case. She’s self-confident and there’s nothing more beautiful than that.
4. You’ll Travel More
This is pretty straightforward. If you date a girl who loves to travel and you actually want to be with her, then you’ll find a million excuses to get out and explore the world with her. Work will never be a main priority, but just another way to make traveling possible.
5. She’s Independent
Having to leave your friends and family behind can be hard on anyone, but a girl who travels needs to find her own path and take it. If you’re lucky enough to travel by her side, then take the opportunity, but know that you probably won’t lead her.
6. You’ll Never be Bored
Life while traveling is never boring. When you’re somewhere new, an amazing thing happens, your brain taps into a new source and everything is exciting and worth discovering. Having a girl by your side that “gets it” is something special. You two will never have a dull moment.
7. She’s Intelligent
Regardless of her education, traveling taught her something that a 4-college couldn’t: She’s gained a new perspective on life, the world, and its people. She’s also a problem solver. Whether it’s knowing the train schedule and visa process to make it into the next country or understanding why the locals won’t let the girl in front of her into the mosque, she has it figured out.
8. You’ll Work as a Team
Everyday is a new adventure but it also usually presents itself with new problems. When you date a girl who travels, you’re usually taking the same path. Therefore, a roadblock for her becomes a roadblock for you and vice versa. So you learn to work as a team and face each other’s problems in life together.
9. She’s Adventurous
Hiking, cliff diving, and waterfall abseiling are dream dates for most guys. But this can be a normal occurrence when you date traveler. She wants to get out there and explore the world, not hang out at the mall or go see the movie 50 Shades of Grey.
10. You’ll Have Someone to Share Your Experiences With
Some people prefer to travel alone, but in the end what’s it worth if you can’t share them with someone else? It’s just a memory no one can really understand except you. But when you date a girl who travels, you get to experience the adventure together, and she fills in parts of the story that you forget, making it more complete.
11. She’s Going to Understand You More than Anyone Else
When you travel you can’t help but be your true self. There’s no hiding behind your comforts and daily routines anymore. That may scare you a bit but when your girlfriend knows your ins and outs, your world becomes a happier place. You can only hide your goofy faces and strange OCD for so long when you travel together. Plus, you can’t get much closer than sharing a hammock when all the beds in the hostel are taken.
12. You’ll Never Want to Stop Traveling
Neither will she. Anyone can tell you that traveling can get lonely. But when you have a beautiful, intelligent, independent, low maintenance, and adventurous girl by your side that understands you, you’ll never want to stop traveling. Well except for when you need to take brief pause to invite your family and friends to the wedding atop of Mt. Fiji.