Travelling alone is a rewarding experience that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime, but it can also be lonely. But with new places comes new people, and meeting other travellers or locals while you’re flying solo on your holiday can be the perfect way to not only broaden your horizons, but to keep you socialising even while you’re away from your friends and family. We’ve pulled together a few tips on how to meet people while travelling alone to help even the most socially awkward amongst us, so grab your passport, renew your EHIC card at europeanhealthinsurancecard.org.uk and get to booking your holiday.
Stay in a hostel
Even if dorms aren’t your thing, a hostel can be a great way to meet new people. Most hostels have private rooms for far less than a hotel would charge, so not only will you be part of the social aspect of staying in a hostel while still having your privacy, but you’ll be saving money at the same time. Whether you bond over the breakfast bar in the mornings, or you hang out in the hostel bar in the evenings, you’re guaranteed to meet someone during your stay. No one expects you to make lifelong friends, but other guests in hostels are often in the same position as you – travelling alone or in small groups, and who knows – maybe you could be looking to go to the same places and go together.
Learn the language of the place you’re visiting
Now, no one is expecting you to learn an entire language overnight, and if you go to a tourist-heavy city, you can probably get around without having to speak a word of anything but English and some broken, questionable hand movements. But if you truly want to meet people – namely the locals – then it’s worth learning at least a little of their language. You don’t need to become best friends with everyone that you meet while you’re on holiday, and so short conversations with a local might give you a better, more authentic feel for the country while helping you brush up on your language skills – which can look good on a CV!
Volunteering while Travelling
While this one is more of a change in the style of your trip, volunteering while you’re on holiday can be an enlightening, enriching and amazing experience, and you’ll get to meet people too. There are all kinds of volunteering services that will either find you volunteering while you’re away, or to use a company that runs holidays specifically for volunteering such as workaway.info and volunteerhq.org. These breaks can take you all over the world to projects that need your help. Whether you want to teach in Africa or China, or help at a conservation project for your favourite animals, there are hundreds of opportunities worldwide, and you’ll almost always be in a team. Meeting people through volunteering can help you meet life-long friends. After all, what better bonding experience is there than cleaning up after a baby Elephant?