Making Friends While Traveling Alone- Whether you’re visiting India or somewhere else in the world, travelling is one of the best things you will ever do in your life.
Exploring new landscapes, embracing new cultures, and trying delicious local cuisines all make up the travelling experience and will leave you wanting more adventure.
However, one thing that you won’t really realize until you’re there is that the people you meet and the friends you make along the way will be one of the biggest and best bits of your travelling adventure, helping you to create unforgettable memories (and may even become friends for life!).
But how can you meet new people and make friends while you’re travelling? If you’re introvert or nervous about making friends, or if you’re packing your travel rucksack for the first time, it can seem a bit daunting. Luckily, we’ve got you covered.
Here is our guide (including tips) to meeting new people and making friends on your travels:
#1 STAY IN A HOSTEL
The easiest way to meet new people and make friends while you’re travelling? Stay in a hostel! We all have different ideas of what type of accommodation is best when we’re on a trip.
Some people love staying in luxury hotels; others find that Airbnb apartments provide the perfect base to explore a new area. But there’s one type of accommodation that will leave you with no other choice but to meet people: the humble hostel.
Hostels are cheap and cheerful; the ideal accommodation if you’re travelling on a budget or for long periods of time. But the best thing about hostels is the social aspect;
they’re great for meeting new people and making friends, whether you’re chatting over breakfast in common areas, sharing a beer at the hostel bar, or introducing yourself to new dorm buddies in the bunk bed across from you.
If you don’t know where to start, then we’d suggest downloading Hostelworld app to search, find, and book hostels. You’ll be able to read reviews, see photos, and get a feel for the general atmosphere before you book your stay — and before you know it, you’ll be making plans to head to the beach with your new friends!
#2 PACK SOME PLAYING CARD
Card games are a great way to break the ice when you’re staying in a hostel and you don’t know a single soul.
If you’re shy or nervous, plucking up the courage to introduce yourself to a group of strangers can be hard. And once you’ve made that introduction, making conversation can be even harder; no one likes those awkward silences and stilted interactions.
That’s where card games come in handy. Card games are fantastic for providing you with a way of meeting new people without the pressure of keeping the conversation flowing; playing cards gives you something fun to focus on while you’re getting to know each other.
While it’s a no-brainer to pack some playing cards for your travels, it’s definitely a good idea to brush up on your card game knowledge before you head off. Online casino review sites like OnlineCasinos.co.uk have handy guides on their blog for how to play different games like poker, and can even help you with tips if you and your new friends decide to hit up a local casino!
#3 SIGN UP FOR ACTIVITIES AT YOUR HOSTEL
If you’re worried about meeting new people, or you’re struggling to strike up conversations at your hostel bar, then signing up for activities and day trips with the hostel you’re staying at is a surefire way to socialize successfully.
Many hostels all around the world put on activities, day trips, and tours — you just need to check with the reception desk or see if they have a notice board anywhere.
Of course, some hostels will be quieter and have a more laidback vibe, but if you’re staying at a fun ‘party’ hostel, then you’ll likely find that they put on a whole bunch of social events. From beer pong tournaments to bar crawls, to beach days and walking city tours, to volunteering in the local community, there are plenty of things to get involved in.
These events are an excellent way to meet new people and there will be plenty of other solo travellers in the same boat as you. Plus, it also means you get to see your latest destination in a new light, as well as having people to chat with.
#4 TRY SOME TRAVEL APPS
Did you know that there are now apps out there that have been specifically designed to put you in touch with fellow travellers and help you to make friends?
Technology has made certain aspects of travelling much, much easier in recent years, and making new travel buddies is no different.
These amazing apps can help you to connect with like-minded travellers across the globe and discover nearby adventurers with similar interests and itineraries so that you can match up! They generally have profiles for travellers, as well as search filters and chat room features so that you can find someone that you really gel with.
There are all sorts of apps out there to choose from — this list from Trivago is a great place to start your research.
And if you’re a solo female traveller looking to make friends but you’re a bit nervous about trusting people through an app, then you can give female-only app Tourlina a go instead. Tourlina is a safe and reliable female-only app for women who would prefer to meet other women — whether they’re travel companions or local women who can show you around your latest destination and introduce you to local authentic life.
SUMMARY & CONCLUSION
These are some easy ways that you can meet new people and make friends while you’re travelling. If you’re feeling a bit shy or nervous, try out these suggestions when you next go off on your travelling adventure, but most of all, be open to doing new things and meeting new people, be friendly, and be yourself. You’ll have a great time, trust us.