Traveling alone doesn’t mean you are lonely or isolated. Whenever I travel solo, I always meet new people. There has never been a time where I’ve gone somewhere on my own and haven’t met anyone new. The key to meeting people overseas is to be open and approachable. I know safety is definitely a concern when you are traveling solo which is why I wrote 11 Solo Travel Tips That Could Save Your Life. Be sure to check that article out for practical safety tips.
But to meet people overseas, you have to push out of your comfort zone. And no, you don’t have to be an extrovert. I am an introvert, and yet I still always find ways to meet people. Below are practical ways to meet people overseas.
If you’re into working out…or even if you want to stay or get healthier, joining a fitness class or group could introduce you to new friends in your host country.
The cool thing about hobbies is that there are usually other people with similar interests. You can find ex-pats online, in your region, who are meeting to enjoy their hobbies.
If faith is important to you, see if there are local worship centers that align with your beliefs. Some places of worship may have activities outside of their normal services to get members to connect.
Hostels are great spots for meeting people because they encourage interaction. In many hostels, there is a common area which encourages guest to talk with each other. If you don’t book a private room, you’re most likely sharing a bedroom with other people. Take advantage of the common spaces, and don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with your suitemate.
Many hostels also offer group tours. A tour is another way to meet people abroad.
If you’re into learning languages, language exchanges could be a great way to meet people. Not only do you strengthen your language skills, but you also could also make a friend. Having a friend familiar with the area is a wonderful way to experience the culture of your host country.