There is nothing quite like the freedom you have when travelling solo. Nobody can tell you what to do and you are free to live life completely on your own terms. Travelling on your can be tough though, especially if you start feeling lonely or homesick. The point of travel is to open your mind, broaden your horizons and get you out of your comfort zone. Accordingly, it is always important to try to be confident, open and ready to speak with strangers.
There are many solo travelers in today’s world and it is not hard to come by others who are in the same boat as you. If you see other travelers, do not hesitate to approach them. More often than not, they are also keen to meet new people and make friends.
Still, there are times when it can be hard to meet other people and make friends to share your travels with. Here are a few tips for meeting other people while travelling solo:
Staying in hostels is a great way for meeting other travelers. Sites like Booking.com and Hostel World make it pretty easy to find out which hostels your fellow travelers go to. Read the comment sections and find out which hostels are popular for like-minded people. Most good hostels have common rooms where you can meet other travelers.
If you’re struggling to meet others, don’t let that stop you from signing up to trips, outings and activities. Whether it’s a city tour or a diving class, most of the time, you will meet other travelers when doing such activities. Spending all day doing things with other travelers also gives you plenty of opportunities to make a connection and get to know the others.
Counchsurfing is a great way to meet locals and form a bond with them. Even if you do not want to stay at someone else’s place, Couchsurfing also has forums and organised meetups that are perfect for meeting both locals and other travelers alike. Check the discussions and even make a post if you are worried about meeting people. Chatting with someone online can also help diffuse any awkwardness or shyness you might have.
Facebook Groups & Forums
Nowadays there are countless Facebook groups and other forums for meeting people, no matter where you are travelling. Before heading on your trip, make a post and tell people you are looking to meet up and see the sights together.
Granted, Tinder is a dating app and maybe not the most appropriate option for everyone. However, it is not unusual for people to use Tinder just to find fellow travel buddies. Just put in your profile that you are looking to make friends and see if there’s anyone who’s interested in meeting up. Once again, being able to chat online first makes things even easier.