Remember the first day in grade one? Feeling excited when you came to school but a bit worried that you wouldn’t have anybody to talk to. Who will be your companion at recess? Whom will you sit beside in the lunchroom? Embrace that memory because setting out on a solo journey can include much the same set of emotions.
I have never been afraid to travel solo. I work on ways of meeting folks along the way for me it is important. If I don’t connect with the local I feel cheated and I feel bored if I don’t chat with other travelers along the way.
Here are tips for making friends along the way.
Before leaving home seek out a connection. Talk with other women who have traveled before you. Give the note of their tips, advice, and contacts. That is the beginning of the best travel adventures.
If you have friend and neighbors who were born in the country you are traveling to. Another will happy to provide some wonderful connections for you.
Try to become a member of an organization that fosters the exchange of homestay. Such as Women Welcome Women, promoting visits between the female in over 60 countries. This is a perfect example and a practical way of getting to meet the locals.
Most of the solo traveler try to choose hostels because they are looking for a traveling partner. If you don’t want to eat dinner alone pack your favorite menu recipe and offer to cook for your new hostelling pals.
When eating in a cafe keep an English book or newspaper on your table. Surely someone will recognize either the book title or the newspaper and will strike up a conversation. Likely, you can be the first to comment if you notice someone reading a book that you have already enjoyed.
Don’t ever tell a new friend you meet on the road which hotel and what room you in. When you are arranging a rendez-vous meet the person at a neutral yet busy spot. At the door of your room leave a note describing who you are meeting and where. If any case you run into trouble authorities will, at least, have some idea of your circumstances.
Find with your country’s consulate in the city you are visiting. Try to ask if they are hosting any activities or exhibits that you can attend?
Try to visit the local university because academic bulletin boards are a tremendous source of cultural happenings.
If you don’t have time to volunteer in your city you can do at your destination. Surely it will be good for you in return. For example, a middle man-aged guy who volunteers to take care of babies in Thailand.
Lastly, if when the language is a difficulty, invite a local student ours to dinner. She picks the restaurant both of you will enjoy the local cuisine. She will get the chance to practice her English. Pay the bill and both of you benefited from the exchange.