Two years ago, I received this beautiful black backpackers backpack (say that three times fast) from my amazing mother for my first ever trip abroad. I spend 13 days in Italy and Spain. It was an amazing trip full of art, and culture. I will never forget it and be forever grateful for the opportunity.
Low and behold, the travel-bug had bit me, and it wasn't long until I was planning my next trip abroad, this time to Iceland, Scotland and Ireland. This time to see a long lost friend, who wasn't really lost because Facebook is a thing, and no one is every really lost because of it, and also to check out the country that she had chosen to be her home. We had a blast road-tripping through Scotland, spending a weekend in Ireland, and I got 48 hours in Iceland to book end the trip beautifully.
After my return, I was excited to have plans to return to Scotland for a very special occasion and couldn't wait to pack up my reliable black backpack again. But before I could get the chance to pack it to the brim, a dear friend told me of her great opportunity to travel across Europe for two months! I, of course, passed off my reliable back pack as a loan, and she took great care of it while seeing most of Europe and getting an experience of a lifetime.
Not so long after her return, her roommate found out she was going to Australia and was also hoping to borrow my reliable black backpack "RBB" for the trip. Of course I acquiesced as I knew that it would serve her as well as it served me and her roommate.
After my backpack's return from it's fourth trip abroad, I started packing it up for yet another trip, this time I was headed back to Scotland for my friend's wedding, and maybe a little side trip to St. Andrews, or Edinburgh. And even as I planned for this trip, I can't help but be reminded of one of my favorite book series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and how it is still relevant in my life.
Anyone who has read this series knows that the magic of the pants is that they fit four very different girls. But what makes them even more magical, is that they manage to keep four friends who reach massive crossroads in their lives, and though they take divergent paths, manage to keep in touch through these magical pants.
My friends who have borrow my black backpack, although we have been friends for several years, are not necessarily as close as we use to be, but somehow the magic of travel, and now this backpack, has brought us together in a way that we normally wouldn't be connected.
This backpack taught me something else. Friends come through in the toughest of times. They love you, forgive you, and help you back up to continue your journey. I am so happy to have found friends that I can rely on in the hard times, and I hope that I am one of those friends for them as well.
I love that I get to carry so many memories with me on my excursions, as well as the dust from Australia, the rain from Ireland, the smell of wine from Italy, and so many other places. Here's to the next adventure for the Sisterhood and to many, many more.
London Griffith is an Alaskan born, Montana raised, Southern influenced, New York Actress. She occasionally writes about her life and experiences of being on the verge ...