Do you have that person in your life who is nothing like you, but at the same time is exactly like you? They’re quiet, and you’re kinda loud and crazy. They seem to have their life together, and you’re over here wondering what the heck is going on.
I know I do. It’s Sarah. My best friend. Don’t get me wrong, she can get loud and crazy, and I’d be willing to bet that she doesn’t have her life quite as together as I think she does (after all, do any of us really have it all figured out?). But she’s still awesome. Sarah is the kind of friend that everyone should have. She’s understanding, she’s kind, she’s smart, she’s funny, she’s beautiful, she’s sweet… pretty much every good quality you can imagine is all tied up and wrapped up in a Sarah-shaped package.
Traveling with friends can be a great way to spend time with your favorite people while sharing the cost of a vacation. For those of you with long-distance friendships like ours, it can also be the perfect way to reconnect!
Since we’ve had the pleasure of travelling together a couple of times, we thought we’d share some of our tips and ideas for vacationing with friends. Enjoy!
This past week, we lost an old friend of ours to a tragic accident. He was an all-around good guy, the kind that everybody liked. He was out driving late one night, and a drunk driver plowed into his car. He was killed on impact. The other driver walked away with minor injuries.
For most of our lives, we’ve had best friends. They changed over the years, depending on where we lived or went to school, but, each one of them played an important part in our lives and we’re thankful for their friendship.
Now, we’re each other’s best friend and we can’t imagine our lives any other way. We plan on being friends for the rest of our lives, becoming “aunties” to each other’s children and causing a ruckus in the nursing home! To celebrate our friendship, and friendships everywhere, we’ve made a list of our favorite on-screen best friends and why they set our ultimate #friendshipgoals. Enjoy!
Monica and Rachel (Friends): I grew up watching Friends and loved it! (So much so, that I re-watched the entire series on Netflix when it was released.) Imagine living in New York with your best friends and always getting the best seats in the coffee house! Who wouldn’t want to be them?! My favorite characters were Monica and Rachel. They were friends in high school, lost touch, but one fateful day reunites them and it’s like nothing changed. They become roommates and the best of friends, no matter how much they get on each other’s nerves with Monica’s obsessive cleaning and Rachel’s borrowing things without asking. They love and support each other through everything, even when it’s time to go their separate ways—a great example of what it means to be a friend. -Sarah
Jess and Cece (New Girl): If you haven’t seen this show yet, you totally need to jump on the Zooey Deschanel bandwagon. If you have seen it, then you know about the unlikely friendship between Jessica Day and Cecelia Parekh. Jess and Cece became friends as young girls, and never grew apart; even with Jess being a quirky grade school teacher and Cece being a sophisticated model, they are still the best of friends. They stick it out through fights with boys and fights with each other. They are honest with each other and supportive to the end. Even when Cece almost goes through with an arranged marriage that Jess disagrees with, Jess still supports Cece because she says it’s what she really wants (even though we all know that Schmidt is what she actually wants!). Jess and Cece are the perfect example of how best friends don’t have to be exactly alike, or even remotely alike, to still be friends forever. -Deborah
Lorelai and Rory (Gilmore Girls): Yes, I re-watched this entire series on Netflix, too, in preparation for the reunion happening later this year! This mother-daughter duo is the epitome of the friendship every girl hopes to share with her mother one day. They love each other fiercely, tell each other everything (eventually!), and always support each other’s dreams. Even though they have pretty cool best friends of their own in Sookie and Lane, Lorelai and Rory have a bond that can’t compare. -Sarah
Blair and Serena (Gossip Girl): I was actually a little late to the Gossip Girl game, so I binged all six seasons on Netflix this past year. I was hooked! Between Chuck Bass and Gossip Girl “herself” (true fans know what I mean… *wink*), I couldn’t help it. But, despite all the gossip and drama, Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen stayed true. Even through the occasions that had them no longer on speaking terms (we’re looking at you, Nate Archibald), they always came back to each other. Blair tried so hard and Serena came by it naturally, but they were the best of friends and they were always there for each other with a little help from friends. Because, face it, “He’s Chuck Bass.” XOXO -Deborah
DJ and Kimmy (Full House): Throwing it back to my childhood with this pair of BFFs! I love that DJ and Kimmy had a friendship that spanned across all eight seasons of Full House. Though, seemingly opposites, DJ and Kimmy are the best of friends. They look out for each other as they navigate the pre-teen and teenage years. They fight and make up repeatedly over the course of the show, but they always look out for each other. BONUS: the stars that play DJ and Kimmy are best friends in real life!! I can’t wait to see them reprise their TV roles when Netflix brings them back on February 26 in Fuller House. -Sarah
Leslie and Ann (Parks and Recreation): Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins met and a town meeting. Ann had a giant pit in her backyard and Leslie wanted to fix it (like she wants to fix everything). What started out as door-to-door campusing grew into a beautiful friendship between two professional women. They helped each other through relationships, promotions, babies, and moving. Even after Ann moved away, Leslie stayed in constant contact because she didn’t want to miss a moment of her best friend’s life. This especially hits home for us, since we totally understand the best friend moving away. Besides, who wouldn’t be best friends with someone who calls you “a poetic and noble land-mermaid”?! -Deborah
Jim and Pam (The Office): Being best friends with the opposite sex can be tricky. Something usually happens where it doesn’t work out, or like the majority of chick-flicks want you to believe, you fall in love and become more than friends. (Not realistic, but definitely fun to watch.) Never has the story been more appealing than with Jim and Pam of The Office. Their friendship had me rooting for them from the beginning. Suffering through work together turned into conspiring on practical jokes together. They made each other laugh but, more importantly, they listened to each other. They became confidantes and, after a painfully long time, finally realized they were soul mates. And, isn’t that what best friends are, too? -Sarah
Shawn and Cory (Boy Meets World/Girl Meets World): People always think of girls as being best friends, but, one of the most realistic TV friendships I’ve ever seen is the lifelong one between Cory Matthews and Shawn Hunter. They went through it all together: deaths of parents, divorce, college, heartbreak, cults, drinking problems, and growing up. They’ve even reappeared in the Disney Channel’s new show Girl Meets World. We had to wait about 14 years to see if they made it, but, like we all knew they would, they’re back and stronger than ever. Even with Cory and Topanga married with kids in New York, nobody ever replaced Shawn in Cory’s life. And they are able to teach this generation that a true friend stays with you forever. -Deborah
And, lastly, the on-screen BFFs we love so much, and that we relate to the most:
Annie and Lillian (Bridesmaids): We were in each other’s weddings (maid/matron of honor for each other), so we totally get the craziness that comes with meshing with other friends and family members for your best friend’s big day. But, ultimately, you are more than happy to do it because you love your best friend. Annie and Lillian show us that nothing can come between best friends, not even new friends or failures in life. Because you’ll never be replaced, if you can just “hold on for one more day.”
Meredith and Cristina (Grey’s Anatomy): Do you guys remember what it was like before Netflix? When you had to go to Blockbuster to rent seasons of television shows–one disc at a time!! We do because we totally did that with Grey’s Anatomy. Our ritual was to go to the gym (we were so good back in the day!) and then binge-watch a disc of Grey’s. We fell in love with the cast and their stories, namely the friendship of Meredith and Cristina. They’re the ultimate BFFs, sarcastic and fiercely loyal—even nicknamed the “Twisted Sisters.” They are as close as sisters, protecting and loving each other without judgement. Their friendship is often summed up with the quote, “You’re my person,” which we’ve officially adopted as our own.
So how about you? Can you relate to any of our favorite silver screen friendships? Or are you a mix of several of them like we are? Let us know in the comments!