Meeting people can be very easy or extremely difficult, depending on what type of person you are yourself. While pages like the international Cupid.com services help you find someone digitally that may very well be living on the other side of the planet, there’s also a special kind of magic about meeting people in person. This is a small guide that will help you meet new people when you’re traveling solo, because no matter how much you’re enjoying yourself, it’s always more fun when you can share cool moments with someone.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to meeting new people and making friends is the fact that they are judgmental. If your goal is to meet new people, make sure to give everyone an equal chance. That’s the only way you will really get to know someone well enough to truly determine whether or not they are worth building a relationship with.
Choose hostels over hotels
Hostels might not be the most convenient when it comes to straightforward accommodations, but they are a great way to meet new people. If you get a hotel room you will probably sleep a lot better, but you can count on the fact that you will be spending time alone. The thing about hostels is that you don’t even need to go for shared accommodations in order to meet new folks. Even a private room in such a place helps you stay close to people.
Sharing a meal
Food is always a great tool to bring people together. Food is something that most people can agree upon, so you have your conversation starter right there. You can bond with someone over a great meal any day of the week. Making sure that you get to share an unconventional dining experience with someone while traveling solo will give you pretty good chances of returning home with a new friend in your contacts list.
Use the local language
You probably know already that you need to learn some basic, often used phrases before you got to a place where they speak another language then you. It’s just going to make your life a lot easier and it will help you navigate the place, not to mention get people to understand you. However, if you want to make a new friend among the locals, you need to use more than just textbook language. Learn some of the lingo and what locals usually say. Talking like they actually talk and not as if you’ve just read three pages of a conversational dictionary makes a world of difference to them.
Just because you go on an adventure solo doesn’t mean that you have to return alone as well. It’s quite easy to connect with new people once you start making an effort to find a common denominator, so make sure to use these tips the next time you travel by yourself.
Do you have more tips for solo travelers on how to meet people abroad?
Both photos of Thom and I are made by Crystian Montfort in Huatulco, Mexico.
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