How To Make Friends While Traveling
Over the years of traveling, I developed the skill of going to random strangers and able to start a conversation. But not everyone is an extrovert like me. People feel shy & timed during the initial stages of meeting a person.
One thing about traveling solo is that you are never alone. You always meet locals, make new friends & connect with fellow travelers.
I wasn’t like this at all, it took me years to gain this skill. For the people out there who like to travel solo and like to make friends, here are the few tips which I use & helped me a lot over the years.
1. Explore Meetups
Meetup.com is an amazing place where people with different interest come together and host events.
If you are into bar hopping, pottery, or just a casual hangout you can find an event.
You just have to signup for the event of your choice and you can meet a lot of people with similar interests as yours. As you are surrounded by the people with common interests it is very easy to start a conversation and there is a high probability that you will get along pretty well.
2. Try Couchsurfing Events/ Hangouts
Couchsurfing is not only an amazing site to find places to stay for free but you could find people who want to hang out at that particular place. This is a very easy way to meet people as the other person is also looking for someone to spend time with.
Apart from that, the local hosts in that particular cities, arrange parties where different couch-surfers( hosts & travelers) attend which is a great way to meet people and make friends.
3. Stay At A Hostel
Personally, I always prefer to live in a hostel when I’m traveling alone. They are cheap and a great way to meet fellow travelers.
Most of the hostels arrange their own parties or everyone living in the hostel come together and try to go out to
4. Go To A Local Bar
This requires little practice and courage. Just go to a bar & 90% of the time someone will try to talk to you. If the bar is not busy, you can start a conversation with the bartenders. Usually, the bartenders will be nice to you hoping to get a good tip.
Talking to locals gives you an insight to the popular restaurants, destinations & local favorites etc.
5. Just Talk To A Stranger
In my experience, human beings are genuinely good, they don’t bite if you try to talk to them.
If you are at a tourist destination there is a high possibility that the person you are going to talk to is a fellow traveler or some sort of guide.
There are two ways I go about talking to strangers:
1. I find a person who is alone and try to introduce myself and ask them for their name. This is enough to break the ice & most of the time they will be willing to hanging out with your as they will be looking for a company as well.
2. Group of friends is usually fun and ready to accommodate. So, I just go to a group and introduce myself & few questions like, “How do you guys know each other”, “Are you celebrating any special occasion”, “You guys look fun, do you mind if I join?”. That’s it, I just found myself, friends.