Traveling is one of the most liberating experiences that anyone can have, traversing the globe with a backpack on, not knowing what tomorrow will bring and seeing the best of what this planet has to offer. Many people decide to make trips like these alone and doing this can provide complete flexibility, the autonomy to do what you like and when you like is brilliant, not having to make your decisions based on someone else’s opinion and the only person that you are responsible for is you. There are times however when traveling alone can lose some of its appeal, sharing experiences for example is far better than doing them on your own and there are times when you simply need a friend on the road. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, being lonely on the road can be resolved very quickly and here are some great tips to help you buddy up.
The clue is in the title here ‘social’, if you are looking for some friends to go traveling with then join as many travel groups on sites like Facebook as you can, share on the groups where you will be heading or where you would like to go and connect with others who want to do the same. The same goes for finding friends in various cities, there are countless groups for people living abroad and they can give you a great opportunity to meet with them and discuss your travels together.
There are several websites out there that offer you the chance to create meet ups or join in with one that someone else has created. These can be general meet ups for ex-pats and travelers or sometimes more specific meet ups based on hobbies. These are a great way to meet new and like-minded people for you to spend some time with and maybe even make great friends.
United We Stand
Regardless of what you may think, you are probably not the only solo traveler who wants some company and spending a little time online can help you find those looking for a friend. Try out travel blogs for people who are in the same city as you, contact them and ask if they want to meet up, don’t stop at one, look to create a bit of a group and maybe you could go on a holiday with solo travelers like you if you all click together. What better way to travel than with people who love travel and are looking for some company.
Don’t be Shy
The last thing that you should be if traveling solo is shy, whilst it is important to be guarded when traveling alone, being timid could lose you the opportunity to meet people. There is nothing wrong with enjoying your own space and freedom but full-time solo travel can be lonely so you need to try to avoid it. Shyness should also be avoided when it comes to keeping in contact with people that you have met, relationships with new friends and acquaintances should be nurtured, you never know when you will meet again.