By Sadie Young
Maybe I’m just speaking for myself, but we are in a stage of our lives where that long list of friends clamoring to hang out, party, and have fun is starting to dwindle. The need to make new friends constantly died with college. It’s just too damn much work to put on the “I’m awesome, you should be my friend face.” Give me a second while I go unscrew my fake smile.
In high school you had your “group,” but when college rolled around you realized how disposable your party friends were. You’re like "Okay, I’m going to make real friends now!" But then you stuck with your party friends, because you needed those people that kept you out until 2 am doing who knows what. They make for the best stories, right?
You’re back in the same loop though. You want REAL friends again, but how can you tell which ones are the good ones? Simple. The piece de resistance (noted in a fake nasally French man voice). I call my masterpiece the road trip test. My home girl, better half, best friend and I have this down to a science. If someone can survive a road trip with us, they’re in; we can be friends for life.
My road trip of choice is Vegas, because it’s close and easy to do in a weekend. I’ve had friends pass and friends fail, and I can 100% endorse this test. It also works with dating relationships, although these waters have been untested by me (big surprise there, coming from the queen of perpetual singledom). But I have seen it work on others.
I’ve tried to map out specific guidelines for this test, but it honestly depends on the person giving it. You need to figure out what’s important to you on a trip and if the friend being put on the spot fails to recognize or help achieve this goal, then they get moved to the chopping block. And there’s always going to be those people you just never want to see for that many hours straight again.
So, give it a try. If you’re wondering if a friend could really be a keeper, take ‘em on a road trip and then you’ll know!