Are you travelling solo but on the look out to meeting new friends along the way? You don’t have to go through it alone, you know. There are many ways to meet people to enrich the travel experience. For many backpackers, meeting fellow travelers is one of the highlights of the travel adventure. While you may have to share a bathroom with complete strangers, the benefits that comes with it are priceless, starting with the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals on the road.
Here are some tips to meet new people while travelling:
Book into a hostel, not a hotel. Why book a dorm bed in a hostel when you can have a nice private room just for yourself? Because doing so encourages you to talk to people, for one. You get a chance to know the other guests in the hostel. At the very least, ask your fellow travelers where they are from and where they’re going. Sometimes, before you know it, you will end up traveling together after chatting for a few minutes. It’s something that naturally happens in a hostel.
Go local. Book a room in a house or a bed-and-breakfast through Airbnb. Staying in someone else’s house allows you to connect with another person beyond ‘here are your keys’ and ‘checkout time is at 12noon’. Another great site is couchsurfing as a budget-friendly option. Backpackers can stay in couches or spare rooms offered by their local hosts for free, in exchange for gifts, a cooked meal, or friendly conversations.
Connect online. For the adventurous and the extroverts, you can get a start and post your travel itinerary on TravBuddy. This social site allows you to connect with fellow travelers, and do a little bit of research on your destination.
Be open. Making new friends on the road requires openness. When you’re in an international environment, there’s really no place for judgment. It broadens your mind and allows you to interact with other people without biases.
Best of luck in finding a fellow wanderlust!