As I unpack my bags from my trip to the Dominican Republic, sip my coffee and reflect on my six days in paradise, I feel the importance of becoming a better friend. When you travel with seventeen others to a remote destination, you discover new friends. Some were the local staff, like Junior (bartender who kept a smile) , Eddy (beach server who wants a ticket to the states) and Ramon (stretching instructor). The others were the friends we traveled with. Not only do you see another side of them, a more relaxed side, you get a glimpse inside their deeper thoughts, truer self and points of view. Friendships take time. It’s not that we don’t want close relationships, but people come and go so fast it’s difficult to establish long-lasting friendships. Good friendships take loyalty, sacrifice and trust. If you are not giving something up, demonstrating a side of loyalty or finding new trust within, then look even deeper for those who will share those traits with you too. I found some true, solid friendships on my trip this week, and I am thankful.