http://grrrltraveler.com/the-grrr/traveling-solo/how-to-make-friends-when-you-travel-alone/ Travel Tips: How to Make Friends when you Travel (Part 1) Backpacking solo, traveling alone, solo women… is it scary? I’m to share tips with you on making friends when you travel alone.
Hostels are very social, social places. The travelers that go there want to meet and mingle with other travelers. That’s the whole idea of a hostel. People there also tend to be on a budget. They want to meet to exchange stories, exchange ideas and tips.
[#2 Look for solo travelers]
Look for other solo travelers.
The backpacker route can feel different from the tourist route. You’ll notice a lot more solo travelers there. It’s easier to meet people. Whenever I’m looking for someone to do things with or eat with, I always look for the solo traveler. Solo travelers are a lot more approachable because they’re by themselves.
Although I feel comfortable approaching a group or couple, the solo traveler is the easiest person to approach.
[#3. Smile and ask questions]
Smile and ask questions. Personally, it’s easier for me to ask questions. Questions are practical, informational and useful to me as a traveler. They’re also great icebreakers and non-threatening ways to open a conversation.
If I overhear someone, I’ll start asking them questions because I want to know these things.
What’s also great about asking questions is that sometimes it leads into invitations to do things or for others to invite you. When you discuss what you’re interested in, people around you take notice of that and start assessing what they want to do.
4. Group Tours
Not necessarily are you going to meet people to do things with, but you will meet other travelers to converse with.
Hopefully this was helpful for you.
Travel safe, smart and fun.
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