Your travel companions: friends for life?
When you take a trip as part of a tour group you will be traveling with several other people. This presents an opportunity to meet new people, some of whom may become friends for life. There is no guarantee of course that this will happen but there are a lot of people who do meet new friends when they travel as part of a group. If that is your goal there are things that you can do to improve the chances of it happening.
Whether or not you and your travel companions become friends for life is going to be entirely up to you. It is pretty much the same as any other setting in which you meet new people, some of them may become close friends while others will not. That being said there are some reasons that your travel companions may be more likely to become close friends than other people you meet and a couple of reasons that it may not happen.
The main reason that people are more likely to become friends after a trip is that you will have spent quite a bit of time together. This will give you a better chance to get to know them in a short period of time than would otherwise be possible. In addition there is a pretty good chance that if you end up in the same tour group you at least share some common interests which is a good foundation for building a friendship. There is also the benefit to shared experience which has a way of bringing people together. The result is that you will stand a much better chance of become close with the people you meet on a group trip than people you meet in other settings.
While there is a good chance that you will become friends with some of the people you meet on a group trip there are also a few obstacles. The biggest of these is that there is a pretty good chance that you don't live in the same city. Tour groups tend to attract people from all across the country so your new friends very well may live on the other side of the country. There is also the issue that you may find that other than wanting to see the same destination that you have little in common when you get back home.
If you do want to remain friends with the people you meet on your trip you are going to have to make an effort. Fortunately this is a lot easier than it used to be thanks to things like Facebook. Obviously if you live in the same city you will be able to get together when you get home. On the other hand if you don't live near each other you may find that the best option is to become vacation friends and plan another trip together.