If you’re traveling alone, it’s nice to meet people along the way. But where do you start and what are the best places to socialize when you’re visiting a new country? Read our suggestions here!
Casually chat with people
Social people find ways to be social.
The best advice is simply to casually chat with people when the opportunity comes. Talk to the person sitting next to you on the plane. Speak to the other people at the hotel. If you go to a museum or some cultural attraction, don’t be afraid to talk to others who are attending. If you’re going to a park or a beach, bring a football and see what happens. Any place gives an opportunity to be social. Even something as boring as a bus ride.
Most of the time, the casual talk will just be talk, but sometimes it really is possible to make friends this way. If you meet someone interesting, just remember to get their number or to exchange social media profiles.
Go to bars
A classic way of meeting people is going to bars. Many people go out with the specific purpose of socializing. And that makes it very easy to talk, especially when drinks are on the table as well.
So when you travel somewhere, go to a bar on one of the first nights. There’s a high chance you will meet some who are interested in talking. Oftentimes, it just requires you to be the one who breaks the ice.
Meetups and events
There are social events everywhere. And they are usually easy to join.
One way is by using the site/app Meetup. This is a website with a ton of events. Simply sign up and see what’s going on in the city you’re in – or the place you’re going to.
The benefit of this is that everyone is there to meet new people. So there is no pressure, it really is all about being social. And you can find any event that suits you. Meetup has everything from yoga and dancing classes to language exchanges and bar hopping.
Make connections online
If you’re the shy type, and you don’t like to randomly strike up a conversation with strangers out of nowhere, you can try to make friends online.
Many sites are dedicated to chatting, making friends, and – obviously – dating too. No matter where you go, there will probably be ways of connecting online first. This gives you the chance to start off slow with a couple of messages before actually meeting people.
Stay in hostels
When you’re traveling, it can be a bit hard to get into a social mood if you’re staying alone in a holiday apartment or in a hotel room.
It’s much easier to be social when you’re staying in a hostel. Hostels are very social by nature. You’re staying in the same room as a group of other people, and most hostels have common spaces with various activities. Everyone in a hostel is a traveler, so you’ll already have that in common. Most people you meet in a hostel are also significantly open-minded and they are probably trying to socialize as much as possible too. Take advantage of that, and by the way – you will also save a lot of money when staying in a hostel. So it’s all benefits, really.