Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Everything You Need To Know About Traveling With Boys


When you’ve only traveled with girls, traveling with boys for the first time can be a learning experience!

It was late September in Florence, Italy.  After a month of living, studying and traveling together, my girlfriends and I invited two of our guy friends to join us on a weekend trip to the island of Capri.

In that short trip, I learned everything I needed to know about traveling with boys.  And it was all due to one object:

A ball.

A group of girls would never bring a ball on a trip.  Justin and Steve, however, bought a small plastic ball the moment we touched land.  That ball served as a recurring theme of our weekend and taught us girls everything we needed to know about traveling with boys:

Boys thrive on competition. When two straight guys have a female audience, biological instincts kick in. It wasn’t enough to just throw the ball back and forth.  No, they whipped it at odd angles, hurled it at top speeds, and did everything short of killing each other with that ball, just to trip each other up in front of us!

Boys strike up instant friendships. Forget a common language — a ball is what brings boys together!  As we girls perused the jewelry stores, the guys started a game of keep-away with a few little boys on a piazza.  It was if they had been playing together for years.

Boys live to assert their manhood. By the time Steve jumped over a fence and scaled a steep hill to retrieve the ball after it rolled over the edge, the message was clear: he would do anything to save us damsels, should we ever end up in distress.

What has traveling with the opposite sex taught you?


14 Responses to “Everything You Need To Know About Traveling With Boys”
  1. Amanda says:

    Haha, fun post, Kate! It definitely is different traveling with boys. I went to Ireland with my boyfriend, a girl friend, and a guy friend over New Year’s one year. I learned that, even if you are dating them, boys will NOT listen when it comes to alcohol. They feel they have to out-drink everybody (even the Irish), and won’t listen to reason when you suggest that perhaps that extra shot of Jameson isn’t such a good idea. Needless to say, I could muster no sympathy the next morning.

  2. Michael says:

    You guys are just jealous you didn’t think of the ball.

  3. Candice says:

    This is the best analogy ever.

  4. Connie says:

    A ball! I’m currently traveling with my boyfriend and his best friend and I’ll keep an eye out on a ball!

  5. Colleen says:

    As I am currently traveling with my husband, I would add that men will not gush over something for like 10 minutes like women will. Every amazing place I’ve taken him he’s said one thing: “Cool”. “it’s so cool” “Oh man, that’s cool”. I’ve come to realize that even though he is just as taken aback by the beauty as I am, he describes it as cool and moves on with life.

  6. Kristian says:

    Don’t forget frisbees! If there’s no ball, a frisbee will do just as well…. 😉

  7. Sarah says:

    As stereotypical as it sounds, I’ve found that boys are far happier than girls to go without showers and the opportunity to wash the few clothes they are travelling with. Oh, and my other half bought a ball on our travels and it kept him entertained for hours! Such a good point!

  8. ayngelina says:

    I find boys are friends until they find a reason not to be. But girls aren’t friends until they have a reason to be.

  9. Theodora says:

    The boy I’m currently travelling with is only nine years old. However, I can safely say that he is a lot harder to gross out than girls his age and, yep, less likely to gush about stuff, too.

  10. backpackers says:

    Funny post, but when you say you came to realisation that boys “would do anything to save us damsels, should we ever end up in distress.” are you sure? Perhaps they would only save the ball!

  11. Sad to say, as a male, this is true. It’s involuntary! I’ve found myself in the process of competing and making a fool of myself for no reason other than a girl being present, and I didn’t realize I was doing it! And the same things happens to my friends, as well.

    I blame biology. It’s biology’s fault, not mine. Yup. Biology.

  12. Phil H says:

    Also ball related, men can almost universally bond over sport as long as you know the basics, football in particular.Followed by beer. I found as a brit everywhere I went in Europe I was challenged to drinking competitions. Which of course I couldn’t turn down!

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