One of the worries about being a solo traveler is that some of us think it will be lonely and that they will be alone all the time.
This isn’t the case!
When you think that the solo traveler will be lonely you are very wrong, since when you decide to take on the world you will never be lonely anymore. You will meet new friends and acquaintances along the way, as discusses in Rachel Chang’s 18 Ways to Meet People When Traveling Solo.
According to Rachel,
“The beauty of solo traveling isn’t just in where you leave your footsteps, it’s also in the friends and connections you collect along the path.”
Rachel suggests 18 ways to ensure that you’re not alone along your road to self-discovery.
- Free City Walking Tour – where the majority of these groups will also be solo travelers.
- Rent a Room – where you can engage some conversations with the host or the locals in that area.
- Grab a Meal at the Bar – stay in the restaurant’s bar stool. It is the best place to meet others who don’t seem to be in a group.
- Offer to Take Photos – they’ll do the same for you.
- Talk to your seatmate on the bus, plane, or train and get to know them.
- Take a class in something of interest to you – like joining the locals for yoga or painting class.
- Look Up Local Meetups at meetup.com
- Hang Out in Hotel Lounges – to find others that you’d like to get to know
- Listen for your Native Language – maybe you will meet other people who speak the same language as you do.
- Connect Online. There are 50 Apps and Websites for travelers that can help you meet people in the same location as you do.
- Volunteer Your Time
- Embrace the Hostel Community
- Hail a Rideshare – Save money and make friend using rideshare.
- Go to Festivals – “The mix-and-mingle mentality of festival culture is the perfect spot to scout out new friends on the go.”
- Find Local Hangouts
- Sign Up for Day Trips
- Travel with a Small-Tour Group
- Get Social with InstaMeets …Join a photowalk, or for the more social networking-inclined, Instagram InstaMeets, where snap-happy people follow a guide’s path, taking pictures along the way.
And when you’re enjoying your solo travel with your new companions don’t ever forget the Safety Tips on how to be a smart traveler when you are alone.
You can also post pictures of you and your new friends on social media so that your family and loved ones back at home will know your whereabouts and they will be updated about what’s happening to your journey on the other side of the world. And maybe some of your friends on Facebook will be envy and will go on solo travel just like what you did. So don’t forget to share this article so they will be well informed just like you ( wink*).