Human beings are social creatures, yet we too often forget those friends that move off to other locations as soon as they leave. Often times, a quick message or email to these distant friends – some of which you may not have spoken to in years – will pick up as if you just spoke to them a few days ago.
Obviously, you shouldn’t reach out with the sole purpose of getting free housing. From our experiences, our friends often insist on letting us visit and stay without any compensation. In those situations, we still always offer to pay, but generally taking them out to a nice dinner or bringing some drinks to share is more than they want.
Traveling in this way is both a win for your wallet and for reinvigorating those relationships.