Friendships that start on vacations are often short-lived and fickle. You hang out for a few days, become Facebook friends, and make tentative plans to visit each other once the trip is over — and then you never speak again. That’s what happened to this 19-year-old Mississippi woman who went on a cruise in Hawaii in 2006; she met a new friend and then lost touch with her.
“We were basically best friends for that night,” explained Brianna Cry in a Twitter post, where she also included a photo of them together. “So I need y’all to help me find my best friend cause I miss her and I need to see how she’s doing now. Please retweet this so we can be reunited.”
Hey twitter, I met this girl on a dinner cruise in Hawaii in 2006. We were basically bestfriends for that night so I need y’all to help me find my bestfriend cause I miss her and I need to see how she’s doing now. Please retweet this so we can be reunited. pic.twitter.com/LRtk6ClvV3
And Twitter did retweet it. 121,000 times. Only 11 hours later, the search was over. Heidi Tran, a student living in California, tweeted, “I heard you were looking for me,” with a picture of herself holding a family photo from the same cruise to prove her identity.
The two will have to wait before actually reuniting in real life, since Heidi is currently a student and unable to afford the flight. They have, however, been keeping in touch via private message, so we can still chalk this up as a win for travel friendship.