This article was published on August 12th, 2018
Meeting friends and new people is never easy. Traveling can be fulfilling, but voyaging can prove to be problematic because it can lead to loneliness when on the open road alone. You’re more likely to enjoy an experience traveling if you’ve got people to share memories with. Here are 8 ways on how to meet people and make friends while travelling.
- Open yourself up to meeting new people and friends by making the effort in the first place. You’re never going to meet new friends or a lover sitting at home by yourself. Man up and step out to embrace the world around you.
- Go out of your comfort zone and talk to strangers. You never know who you might end up meeting or carrying on a night of conversation with. Being open minded will help you attract more people.
- Sign up for tour groups. You’ll meet people who will share new experiences with you, while seeing the city and taking in the culture.
- Consider couch surfing, hostels, or co-share rental homes where you can sharing public spaces and facilities. You’re more likely to meet someone who might also be visiting and looking for an explorer buddy.
- Hang out where other people of similar interests frequent: poetry slams, open mic and karaoke nights, theatre, or sporting events, for example, are great places to meet people with commonalities.
- Join an online group. Websites like Facebook, Couchsurfing, and Meetups can provide you with group information for whatever interests you. Social media is a great tool and resource for finding out about your own queer community.
- Attend events and functions that lead you to meet people, even if it means arriving on your own. Visit local hangouts like coffee shops where you’re more likely to have a one on one conversation.
- Taking a class is a great way to learn new things while acquiring new friends. A study group is the perfect way to meet your fellow students while making sure you keep good grades.
Once you like a place like a café, bar, or restaurant, visit it frequently and get to know the names of the people that work there. Friends can come from anywhere and the local watering hole is a good place to start.
Open up your outlook to new possibilities. The less constraints you have subconsciously placed on meeting new friends, the better. If you can learn to say “yes” more, you’ll find a lot more doors of opportunities to meet people will open up for you when on holiday. The world is your oyster. Don’t conquer it alone: make friends, share experiences, and travel the globe together.