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How To Meet Others Whilst Travelling
Theres no doubt about it, it can be a challenge travelling by yourself; working out your next move,
23 October 2013 Wednesday 00:18
Theres no doubt about it, it can be a challenge travelling by yourself; working out your next move, looking for your accommodation, figuring out the transport, the currency and having to navigate your way around a new city can be exhausting. So when you meet a like-minded person to share it all with, it can make it so much more enjoyable.
Meeting other travellers means theres someone to look after your bags whilst you pop into a shop, to remember landmarks as you wander around with, someone to talk to, have lunch and dinner with, experience the nightlife with and just someone for some company. It it so much easier!
In just three days on my travelling trip around Europe, I had spent time with people from Iraq (my first ever encounter), Syria, Ukraine, Turkey and of course Australia (they love to travel). But how and where can you meet these amazing people to share your travelling with?
An English couple I met on my walking tour
Where To Meet Other Travellers
Ive met people in the most unlikeliest of places and it hasnt just been on my backpacking journeys either. In my experience if you travel with an open mind and are approachable you can meet people anywhere but heres the five easiest ways:
1. Walking Tours
Not only are they free (you just make a donation at the end), they are great for solo travellers. Even if youre not one to approach people, youll be guaranteed that someone will have struck up a conversation with you by the end. With tours lasting between two to three hours, theres plenty of time to engage with others. Keep your time free at the end for any impromptu drink or meal offers.
For me, the best hostels are the smaller, more independent ones. Unless large hostels have social nights it can be difficult to strike up a conversation with others. The smaller the friendlier in my opinion but if you want to do the groundwork and see who is staying in your hostel before you even get there check out Gomio GoDashboard to meet your potential roommates before you arrive.
Okay, so we admit it can take a lot of courage to even walk into a bar by yourself (its better than a restaurant though honest) but they are actually great meeting places for solos. The best place to sit is right at the bar so you are in others sight as they order drinks and even the barman will talk to you.
4. Public Transport
It is so easy to strike up conversations with people on buses or trains and you never know who will come into your carriage or have the seat next to you. On my last train journey I met the most interesting couple whose family had fled the Bosnian war. All you need to do is just ask where are you heading to? and a conversation is born.
5. Solo Meet Ups
These are a great idea and a chance to meet other solos (hence the name) especially if youre staying in hotels. You just rock up to a city, check if there is one on then turn up. I have to confess that I have yet to sample one but they come throughly recommended and are a great way to meet people with the same interests. Heres their website
A night out with my hostel roomies
These are just some of the main ways to meet others when youre travelling. If course, there may be times when you are really happy to be alone but for all the times that youre not there are plenty of opportunities to make like-minded friends. For me, the best way to engage and meet others is just to smile
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