Traveling is so much more than just going on vacation or lying by the pool. It’s an opportunity to explore new cultures and, most importantly, to connect with other people. And while solo travel may seem daunting, the truth is that it’s the best way to meet other travelers along the way.
After all, when you travel in a group, you’re more likely to stick with each other and avoid mixing with other travelers. So, if you’re embracing solo travel for the first time and would like to know some of the best ways to get to know other travelers along the way, you’ve come to the right place.
Here are some of the best ways to connect with other people while on your travels.
Join an Activity
Participating in an activity like a group tour or even signing up for a class is a great way to meet other people who have similar interests as you. A shared experience can lead to meaningful connections that last a lifetime.
Consider looking online for different activity ideas where you are or even ask your local concierge. Chances are there are plenty of ideas for you to choose from— it’s all about getting creative with where you might find like-minded people.
Use Social Media
Social media is a fantastic way to link up with other people where you are. There are plenty of pages dedicated specifically to meeting up with other travelers wherever you are. It’s as simple as searching for key terms and seeing what you come up with.
Besides, even if nothing exists yet, you can consider creating it yourself. Starting a group for people to meet up where you are can be a fantastic way to position yourself as a leader and also meet other travelers— a win-win!
Volunteering is a fantastic way to keep yourself busy with something meaningful on your trip and also meet other people who are seeking personal growth and giving back to the community just like you.
Look for local volunteer opportunities like picking up garbage or even helping a local animal shelter. Engaging in volunteer activities like these will allow you to connect with other people and even practice the language if you’re in a place where English is not spoken.
Doing an activity that serves a purpose can be incredibly meaningful, and as such can breed very powerful connections.
Strike Up Conversation
Perhaps the most practical and obvious way to meet other people is to strike up a conversation with strangers. Although it might seem initially terrifying, sometimes there’s no other way.
Whether it’s at your hostel or in a local cafe, strike up a conversation with a stranger and see how it goes. Seasoned travelers have learned the art of doing this, and it comes like second nature.
After enough practice, it won’t seem scary or weird, but rather a natural part of making connections along the way.