Claire, the person behind clairesitchyfeet.com shares some advice on how to meet new people and connect with locals and fellow travelers while traveling.
Stay In A Hostel
If you have never stayed in a hostel before, forget what you think you know. Hostel life really isn’t all that bad, in fact, there are some pretty incredible hostels out there! If you are worried about sharing a room with a bunch of teenage backpackers that is another myth, hostels are filled with all kinds of people, of all ages, from all over the world. They are also great breeding grounds for friendships. In fact, most hostels put on nightly social events to encourage people to meet and form friendships.
Take A Class Or Workshop
If you find yourself in a new place look for fun activities to do. Maybe take a salsa class, join a yoga class or get a pass at a local gym. If you prefer something a bit more low key maybe you can find a painting class? Whatever you are into taking a class or workshop is the perfect way to meet other like-minded people.
BE OPEN TO NEW THINGS – SAY YES!
This is probably the most important thing you need to remember if you want to make new friends while traveling. You need to be open to receiving new experiences. Check your body language, are you sat on the bus huddled up, arms folded, with your headphones in staring out the window? Well, you are probably not really giving off ‘talk to me vibes’ so how can you open up a little more?
Join A Bar Crawl
There is nothing like alcohol to bring people together. But in all seriousness, even if you don’t drink, spending an evening walking around some of the best bars in a new town with a group of other travelers is a great way to meet people. It is normally hostels that organize this bar crawls and you don’t need to be staying at the hostel to join the crawl. After a few drinks, everyone relaxes a little and the conversation starts flowing.
Learn The Language
If you really want to open up your friendship pool then learning the local language and starting conversations with local people can be life-changing. Not only will you make a new friend but you will be opened up to a whole new culture. Plus, if you’re lucky your new friend will want to show you around their city.