How To Meet People When You're Travelling Alone

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So you've decided to go on a solo trip - congrats! You've just made the best decision of your life. You've probably thought about your itinerary, what countries you're going to visit, what to pack, travel insurance, etc. but one thing you might not have thought about yet is, 'How do I meet people while travelling solo?'

Hands down you're going to have the best experiences imaginable and meet lifelong friends, but there may be times on your solo travels where you feel a bit lonely and think, 'hmm, how I put myself out there and make connections with people while I'm travelling alone?'

Fear not, this is something many travellers experience and whether you're currently on a solo trip or about to leave on one, it's normal to experience a little loneliness from time to time, even if you're a seasoned solo traveller. Here are the 7 best ways to meet people when you're travelling solo.

1. Do hostel tours and activities

Without a doubt, the best way I've found to meet people while travelling alone is to do every activity possible that my accommodation offers. This way you'll meet people who are staying in your hostel and you can make plans with them to do something in the evening after your activity that day. Most hostels offer daily activities and tours and you can sign up to join them the day before.

Sign up for everything, even if you're tired and exhausted from travelling, you don't want to miss out on the chance to meet great people and have amazing experiences, so say yes to everything, get involved and then follow up with people you've chatted to, and make more plans. Most people are in the same boat as you, so reach out to others and they'll appreciate it.

2. Strike up a conversation with literally anyone

Ask people where they're from, how long they're travelling, where they've been etc. and before you know it you've made a new pal! The best places to talk to people I find are at breakfast in hostels, and that way you can find out people's plans for the day and if it's something you're interested in, ask if you can join!

More than likely other travellers will be happy to have another person tag along in their group and activities are more fun with other people. You'll get great tips from other people on where to travel next or fun things you might have missed from talking to them about their travels. I found out about some amazing tours and recommendations from random conversations with people in hostels.

3. Stay in shared accommodation

It goes without saying, if you want to meet people, you need to be around people, so I highly recommend staying in hostels while you're travelling solo. Staying in shared dorms is great for meeting people and the whole hostel lifestyle is much more social than staying in hotels. You can still meet people by doing day trips while staying in hotels and private accommodation, but I've met some of the best people from staying in hostels and sharing our experiences together. I book all my hostels through Hostelworld so I know they're trusted places and I can check the reviews to see which hostel has the best activities for solo travellers.

4. Join travel Facebook groups

I've gotten some of the best travel tips from the Girls Love Travel Facebook group. It's a group for female solo travellers (sorry boys) from all over the world and there are X members so chances are there will be another solo traveller in your current location if you want to meet up with them. You can use the search function to look up whatever county or area you're in and tonnes of recommendations and questions from other travellers will pop up. You can even put a post up asking if there are any girls in your area that are travelling and want to meet up, just put yourself out there!

5. Do Airbnb 'Experiences'

If you've opted to stay in a hotel while travelling solo, then this is a great way to meet people while travelling. Airbnb offer 'Experiences' which include anything from guided walking tours, food, and beer tours, pub crawls, health and fitness activities like yoga and meditation and sports activities like stand up paddle boarding, boat trips, and everything else in between. If you want to get around whatever city you're in but want the help of a local tour guide and the company of other travellers, then Airbnb experiences are the way to go.

6. Book a group tour

You might want to consider booking a group travel tour like Contiki which is catered towards 18-30 year old travellers which are a guaranteed way to meet people similar to you. Even if you've been travelling solo for a while, it might be a good idea to book a group tour for a week or two, to make connections with people. Tours will usually have everything planned out with an itinerary and travel included, so you can leave the hassle of organising everything yourself behind for a while. Some of the best tour companies are Contiki, Intrepid Travel, G Adventures, and Topdeck.

7. Hang out in hostel bars

It can be scary putting yourself out there for the first time but soon you'll realise that hostel bars are the place to meet people when travelling solo. Sit at the bar, start up a conversation with the person next to you, chat to the bartender, just sit down at a table with a group of people and ask to join! Even better if there are people playing cards, just ask what the game is, get the drinks flowing and you'll be having fun in no time. You can even show up to hostel bars even if you're not staying in a hostel, so don't worry if you're staying in a hotel. There are plenty of hostels to choose from all around the world on Hostelworld.

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