How To Meet People When You’re Traveling Solo As An Introvert
So you’ve worked up the courage to embark on a solo trip, but now you’re thinking, “how long until the loneliness sets in?” Travelling solo is important and beneficial for many reasons, but it isn’t without its fair share of loneliness. Luckily, travelling is one of the best ways to meet new people, so chances are you won’t be solo for long.
For all the introverted travellers out there, meeting new people can seem daunting. If you’re worried that you won’t be able to make new friends as you explore the globe, there are a few things you can do to strengthen your chances of meeting some awesome people.
Become a regular
If you’re going to be staying in the same place for a while, then it’s time to scout out your favourite place and make it your ‘spot’.
Cafes are the perfect places to meet people, especially for introverts. They’re peaceful and quieter than a bar or party.
Nearly every one of them has what is known as, ‘regulars’. They’re the ones who know the barista by name, who don’t have to even say their order to get it, and who seem to be friends with just about everyone in there.
Spend your first few days finding a cute, local cafe, and then make it your go-to place. Sit a while, bring some work, and eventually, you’ll start to fit right in.
The baristas will start recognizing you, and other regulars will likely introduce themselves. Before you know it, you’ll fit right in, and you’ll meet interesting people from all walks of life.
Stay at a hostel
As appealing as it may be for introverts to choose the ‘entire place to yourself’ option on Airbnb, you should think of lodging somewhere else if you’re hoping to meet people.
You can book a private room in a hostel so you can still enjoy some time on your own without being secluded.
You’ll be introduced to people from all around the world, and quickly bond over your love for exploring and travel experiences.
Many hostels host events like music nights, which are fantastic opportunities to mix with new friends.
Another practice for meeting people at hostels is to go to breakfast every morning. You’re likely to see the same early-risers each day, and eventually, you’ll have your very own ‘breakfast club’.
Use travel apps
In today’s day and age, there’s an app for everything. So it will come as no surprise that there are apps specifically designed to bring travellers together.
Meetup lets you join all sorts of cool activities in the area you’re staying, from biking to painting to dancing.
Nearify shows you all the upcoming events within your area, so you can head out to fun food parties or concerts.
Showaround is another good one. This app connects you to locals who will give you a real feel of the city, plus it’s a great place to spark a friendship!
Join a group tour
Even though you’ve planned a solo trip, a short group tour is a cool way to learn more about the area as well as meet other travellers.
You can connect over the tour experience and share some fun memories together as you embark on the adventure.
Whether you’re climbing mountain trails or exploring a historical site, you’ll be sure to come away with some newfound knowledge and newfound friends.
Take the train
Instead of hopping in an Uber or taking a bike, you can make use of the public transit. Trains are often great spots to strike up a conversation, especially on longer commutes.
Locals may greet you when they see you’re a tourist, or you can start a chat with other travellers you meet on board.
Ask your travel friends for contacts
What better way to meet someone than through a mutual friend? Speak with your globe-trotting BFFs and see if they have any connections in the places you’re planning to visit.
Usually, these contacts will be more than happy to meet up and show you around, and before you know it, you’ll have made a new friend.
Instagram isn’t just a place for posting pictures, it’s a place to meet friends too! You can use features like hashtags and location to find others in your area with similar interests.
Before you leave, follow some travel hashtags in your destination, as well as other relevant travel accounts you come across.
Start conversations with travel bloggers or other accounts, and it may lead to some new friendships!
Volunteering is a fun way to get out and experience the culture of the place you’re visiting. There are so many different organizations out there for all sorts of interests.
Love animals? You can work at a humane society or local farm. Like working with kids? Volunteer at an after school program or school.
While volunteering, you’ll be around others with the same passions and interests as you, and you can bond over your work and travel stories.
For those of us more introverted souls, meeting people isn’t always easy, especially when in a foreign place. There are so many friendships waiting to be sparked, and with a little push, you can start making connections in no time.