How To Make Friends When Travelling Alone

Sometimes travelling solo is the best way to travel. But it can be lonely. Here are 6 tips to help you make friends when travelling.

How to make friends on holiday

How To Make Friends When Travelling Alone

Stay at a hostel

Hostels are usually the best place to meet other globetrotters when on holiday. They might be in groups or solo travellers like yourself. But what makes it so great is that there is usually a diverse mix of people, spanning different age groups and life experiences. The atmosphere in a hostel leads itself to chatting to new people and making friends with this diverse group. Don’t go with any preconceived notions of the kind of people you want to make friends with. Having an open mind and listening to the stories of the people that are around you could make some of the best lasting memories of the holiday.

If staying in a hostel on your own makes you a little nervous, many hostels offer private rooms. So you have the privacy you’d prefer while also having that community atmosphere that can help you make friends.

Organise events

People travelling alone will often say they want to do something or go somewhere, but never actually get around to doing it. Why not take the initiative and organise an excursion? Once someone puts the plan in motion you’ll be surprised how quickly everyone will get behind the idea. Be the organiser and you’ll soon find yourself some new friends.

Go on activities

Shared experiences are the quickest way to create bonds with other people. If the hostel or travel company you are with are organising events and activities, make sure you sign up. This way you get to hang out with new people and create some amazing Instagram-worthy memories!

Use the GirlCrew App

Are you travelling somewhere that has the GirlCrew app? Why not post up a message saying that you are in the area travelling, and would love to meet up with other girls for coffee or drinks. There is no better way to get to know a place, than by hanging out with locals. Locals will give you all the info on the best places to eat, drink and things to do.

Be adventurous

You may be the type of person that plans out every minute of their holiday. But your travel plan may stop you from trying out new things and meeting new people. If you have to have an itinerary, leave gaps that allow for adventure.It;s often the unplanned aspects of the holiday that create the most memorable stories.

Use food as a conversation opener

Are you staying in a place that has lots of interesting and tasty food? Head to the local market, pick up some bread, dips, salsa – whatever, and bring it back to the hostel. Sharing your food with the other hostel guests can be a great way to break the ice and start a conversation. This is an especially useful tip if you are shy by nature and find it too intimidating to just go up to someone and start talking. Even sharing a bottle of local wine can help get the conversation going. And remember, people generally love to talk about themselves and their experiences so all you need to do is listen. Don’t let the fact that you see yourself as shy stop you from making friends.

Have you traveled solo? How did you meet new people? Did you become travel buddies? Share your stories about travelling alone in the comments below!

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Sinead has three passions in life - blogging, books and booze. She is the owner of sineadsocial.com, a website that helps new bloggers build and grow their own blogs. She runs a monthly blogger meetup in Dublin through GirlCrew Bloggers.

8 comments

  1. My real big step into the world was when I backpacked solo like over 15 years ago. I was very insecured even though I had fun I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I was as I am now. But to be honest, I think I like to travel with someone. And while I travel with someone we always hook up with solo travellers.

  2. Thanks for the great tips! I travel quite a bit so I’m always open to breaking the ice with new people I meet in an effortless way. I’ve found that starting off with a compliment is a great way to strike up a conversation.

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