One of the main fears about travelling solo is making friends. Many people worry about becoming lonely and feel the need to try and find a travel buddy or partners online.
There is absolutely no need to find a travel companion before going travelling. Backpacking alone is the most rewarding way to travel and you will have no problem meeting people, so long as you make the effort to be sociable and follow our tips in this article.
"everyone is in the same boat"
Admittedly meeting new people can be daunting at first, but it becomes such a natural thing you don't even think about it.
Hundreds of thousands of people go backpacking alone every year, so there are plenty of people to meet in the same boat; every backpacker wants to meet new people, is there to have fun and is in a friendly mood!
Be confident, approachable and cheerful and you will have no problem finding travel partners or drinking buddies.
You do need to make an effort - sitting on your bed with your earphones in, waiting for someone to talk to you, won't work!
You are also going to struggle if you are staying in a private room or hotel - the best thing about staying in hostels is how amazingly sociable they are.
Backpacker Ice Breakers
To get going, simply start a conversation by just saying "Hi, how's it going?". You can usually judge by a person's response if they're in the mood for talking. If someone doesn't seem receptive back don't feel down, they may just be having a bad day or want some peace and quiet; it's nothing to do with you, just move on to someone else.
There are 5 "backpacker ice breakers" that you will get tired of saying and hearing, but what everyone starts out with:
• Where are you from?
• Where have you been?
• How long have you been travelling for?
• Where are you going after this?
• Is there anything you would recommend?
You can talk to someone for half an hour about the above and by then you should be very acquainted and comfortable with that person.
Best Places To Meet People On Your Travels
Some of you may not be worried about your people skills, but just finding people in the first place.
This really shouldn't be a concern, there are plenty of places to meet people:
...and if you want to meet locals while travelling:
If you are still struggling to meet people, you may be doing something wrong.
Here Is How Not To Make Friends Travelling:
It is all pretty simple stuff really; after you start travelling you will wonder what exactly it was you were worried about.
Your people skills will improve noticeably after travelling - great and reassuring news for those people worried about how travelling will influence your career.
So get going, start talking and make new friends!
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