While travelling you meet the most interesting people. Some of them might seem a little pretentious, others are the most genuine people you'll ever meet, but you all share the same "backpacker-spirit". Having a dorm bed as your home, just drifting in the days, being adventurous, going on an endless quest for wifi(yes even that!). Especially when you travel alone, you want to have people to share your experiences with, who share the same crazy ideas.
It's weird that after a few days you feel so connected to a person even though you just met them. I have the feeling that you are more open and honest when you travel, after a few hours people start talking about failed relationships, fears while travelling and your deepest wishes for the future. It's a weird but magical atmosphere and then after a few days (or weeks when you're "lucky"(you're not really lucky, because it'll only get harder and end with aweful crying sessions in the shower)) you say goodbye.
Most of the time I had the irrational hope tha you'll see each other again soon, but to be brutally true to myself I must say that about 75% of the people will be forgotten after a few days, weeks, months. I guess you have prioritize who stood out to you and who do you really want keep contact with.
It's honestly one of the most sad things I ever experienced. Most people I met before were always near, even if you loose contact for a while. However now I look back to an awesome time with incredible people, eventhough it was a limited time.
Other wisdom from my travel experience:
*YOU ALWAYS PACK TOO MUCH!
honestly I though I brought just the right amount of clothes with me but in the end I even had buy compression sacks to fit everything
*YOU WILL ENVY THE PEOPLE WITH THE AWKWARD BACKPACKS ON WHEELS!
yes, eventhough your oldschool "backpacking-backpack" looks totally cool, it's also totally heavy (look at the previous point!)
*YOU WILL APPRECIATE THE LITTLE THINGS
puppies, air-con, free shampoo in the showers, 7/11 toasties... the list goes on
*YOU WILL FEEL TOTALLY BADASS
in the beginning I felt a little unconfortable with the term "brave".yes, I'm 18. yes, I'm a girl. yes, I'm blonde. but does that make me special? it does. there are tons of people like me out there and we can be proud of ourselves that we did that trip on our own. when I arrived back in germany at the airport after 3 and a half months I actually realized what I just did and it was an icredible feeling