“Don’t listen to what they say, go see” Chinese proverb
Solo travel is a daunting but very rewarding experience. It can be very empowering to go out on your own and explore a new place without the safety of another person there. It forces you to get outside your comfort zone and really explore places. But it can get a little lonely sometimes. That’s why it’s important that you put yourself out there and meet people while you travel. Socialising with other travellers and locals is one of the best things about solo travel, but it can be tough, especially if you aren’t a particularly outgoing person. If you are planning a solo trip soon, here are a few tips to help you meet people along the way.
Always Put Safety First
The most important thing to remember is that safety always comes first. 99 percent of the people that you meet will be perfectly friendly, but you should always be cautious when interacting with strangers, especially if you are a female solo traveller. Always make sure that you are in a public place if you are meeting somebody and never go off alone with anybody. If you are going to meet people, let somebody know what your plans are in case anything happens.
Consider A Cruise
A cruise is such a great way to travel if you want to meet people along the way. People are not generally in the mood to chat on a long plane journey after navigating the airport. But on a cruise, you have plenty of time to relax and get to know people on the journey. You can get some great deals from companies like Bolsover Cruise Club so it’s often cheaper than flying anyway. You get to enjoy the journey and see a lot of different destinations in one trip, and you’ll get the chance to meet lots of interesting people along the way.
Stay In A Hostel
If you are not going to go for a cruise, you should always book hostels when sorting your accommodation. They are filled with solo travelers and groups that are looking to meet people and have a great time. A lot of people are put off because they don’t want to share a big dorm, but there are plenty of hostels that offer single rooms and you’ll still get all of the benefits of staying at the hostel.
Learn The Language
If you want to meet the locals, you need to learn the language at least a little bit. A lot of people will speak good English anyway, but if you make an effort to speak their language, people will really appreciate it, even if you are not that good. You don’t have to be fluent, but you should learn enough to get by. There are plenty of great apps for learning languages so download one and spend some time practicing before you set off on your trip.
Meeting new people will really enhance your solo travel experience, so put yourself out there and make some new friends. I did and it’s been some of the best experiences of my life!