Travelling the world on your own can be scary, but it’s an amazing experience that you should have at least once in your life. Sure, it means you’re all alone and whatever happens, you have to work it out on your own, but at the same time, it gives you amazing freedom, it pushes you to your limits and it lets you discover just how strong you really are. And there’s the added bonus of making new friends – when you travel alone, you are constantly meeting new people, and some of them could easily become your friends for life. But if meeting new people doesn’t come easy for you, here are some tips that could help.
Stay in a hostel and say hi to others in your dormitory
Staying in hostels is one of the easiest ways to meet new people – almost everyone who travels alone stays there, so you should have no problem making friends. And all you have to do is say hi when you enter your dormitory room, and then see where it leads you.
However, hostels also have their downsides. If you plan on h0oking up with someone while you are staying there, you won’t have much privacy, which could turn out to be very unpleasant in the heat of the moment. So the choice between a dormitory room and a private room really comes down to just what kinds of friends you would like to make…
Go to a bar
Going to a bar alone may sound dreadful, but it is really one of the simplest and most efficient ways to meet new people. People in bars are generally in a good mood (a couple of drinks will do that to you!), so they are more open to talking to strangers.
You can simply sit by the bar and try talking to people sitting next to you, join a large crowd that could surely use another member, or just try to find someone like you – look around and if you see anyone sitting alone, just say hi, introduce yourself and start talking.
Always carry a pack of cards
Travelling is a wonderful thing, but let’s face it, it can be pretty boring at times. Long waits at the airports, train stations and bus stations, insanely long flights, bus rides and train rides, and bad weather that prevents you from leaving your hostel – it can all be a very boring experience.
If you’ve got a pack of cards, you will surely be the most popular person in such situations. Simply pull out the cards and ask if anyone would like to play – you will successfully escape the boredom and you will make a couple of new friends in the process. A win-win situation!