travelSharing stories about your experiences has always been a touchstone of our human existence. The flickering fires of primitive times lit the faces of our ancestors with excitement and anticipation as the tribal storyteller told of heroic events, dreams and desires that created a collective memory passed down from generation to generation. People found their stories interesting and they listened.

 “Then why are we at times so resistant to hearing about our friend’s stories about their travels?”

People in general have a terrible habit of assuming other people’s travel experiences are not as interesting as their own. They think their trip was the best and their way of travel 5 star. An interested travel friend knowns that  travel stories can be full of wonder and insight. A shared tip about a special restaurant, a hidden gallery, a little-known off the tourist-radar vineyard that can be filed away for future reference. But what if your friend’s not able to take that ski vacation in Telluride or that dream trip to Italy you’re so exciting about sharing? Should you stop talking about it? Should you not share the benefits of your experience? Should you not tell your story?

It can be frustrating when you want to tell people about your travels and nobody wants to hear. Are they envious or simply disinterested? Perhaps? But an interested travel friend begins with a good travel story. Not a bragging “here’s what I’ve done” story but a story that engages them with an insight that is unique. A good storyteller knows their audience and creates a positive attitude towards their stories, rarely allowing for negative emotions to come between them and the listener. 

Interested travel friends share in the joy of each others travel experience. They listen and ask questions about their friend’s travels, look at their photos and enjoy their stories. Live vicariously through their travel adventures. Storyboard their experiences. Take note of their recommendations and learn from their mistakes. The world is an open book. Their stories may encourage you to write your own.

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