The top ways to meet new friends when traveling by yourself.
Solo travel is a great way to travel. It gives you complete freedom over your itinerary, but it can sometimes get a bit lonely. Keep on reading to find out the top 4 ways to find travel friends when you’re traveling by yourself.
Sign Up for Tours, Classes or Activities With Good TripAdvisor Ratings
Solo travel is great and can be a life changing experience, but it can start to feel lonely. Ideally you'll be immersing yourself wherever you are. One way to do that is to sign up for activities, specific tours, or classes with good TripAdvisor ratings. As most travelers know, TripAdvisor can be a key source for finding good recommendations of hotels, restaurants, activities, and more, therefore choosing attractions that have a great reputation among visitors is a great way to find things to do. Making friends will simply be a bi-product of a the experience.
My advice to solo travelers is always, "don't over think it or plan it." For example, the activities can involve simply visiting a museum, taking a cooking class of the local cuisine or joining a pub crawl. To find new travel friends, look for group activities and attractions.
Stay In Traveler Hostels
This is perhaps the best thing to do if you’re looking for new buddies on your trip. Every place in the world has traveler hostels and they usually come with cheaper rates than hotels.
When staying in accommodations like this, make sure to be aware of your attitude and body language, meaning that seeming approachable, looking up from your phone, smiling, and simply having an open body language will help you have more people around you than will want to talk to you.
You also should be open to spontaneous things when they come up. Since you’re traveling alone, there’s nothing better than being offered an opportunity, which is why never second guess and say yes to everything (as long as it's safe, of course). You’ll have a great story to tell later!
Join A Work Experience Trip
A work experience trip is a type of travel that is often overlooked. It allows you to acquire quality work experience related to your field with the bonus of travel. This means you'll get to meet other travelers with similar passions.
If you're the type that is already working remotely, sign up to work from a co-working space to enter a new and creative environment filled with mind-like individuals. These types of offices are very popular now, so you shouldn’t have problems signing up for one, or finding new friends.
Join An Existing Group Of Travelers Already Traveling Somewhere
There are countless groups of people planning on visiting specific locations, and you can join and make “pre-travel” friends to meet when you arrive. Not only for vacations but for work trips as well, getting in touch with people who will visit the place you’re going is a great way to meet friends.
A great example of this is our Remote Week or Work From Guadalajara, week-long trip, where you can join a like-minded community of travelers who work remotely and explore new places. You can find more details about what’s included in our Remote Week here.
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