There are some truly amazing sights to be seen in the world but from my own experience the very best times that I have had travelling have been with people that I have just met. From partying in a nightclub in Darwin Australia till 5am to family dinners in a Spanish hostel I have met many fascinating travelers all with their own story to tell.
Travelling gives you a chance to re-invent yourself, and by saying that I don’t mean lie – I mean take the chance to meet people, go up and speak to people that you otherwise wouldn’t because your trip will be so much better for it.
- Choose your hostel wisely
Your hostel will make or break your time in a city and you want to stay somewhere that is not just comfortable with a good location. Atmosphere and friendliness are very important if you do want to meet people. Read the reviews and stay in the right style of hostel for you. Don’t stay anywhere with children if you are looking to party, and if you are looking to relax, the hostel with epic pub crawls every night is probably one to steer clear of.Stay in dorm rooms
2. Stay in dorm rooms
Dorm rooms force people to be in close proximity and there is no better way to start a conversation than walking into the room and meeting the people that are going to be sleeping metres away from you. It is important not to overdo it though – people talking to me when I am just waking up, or if they have woken me up are generally not that well received.Be proactive and talk to people!
3. Be proactive and talk to people!
Meeting other people who travel is great, and arguably the easiest way to meet anyone is while you are abroad. Recognise someone who is speaking the same language? Notice a familiar accent? You can have a great conversation with them if you have something in common.
The other thing I love about travelers is there is always something in common – you are travelling so the most basic questions like “Where are you from?”, “Where have you been?”, “Where are you going next?” are great icebreakers.
Little phrases like – “what are you up to tonight/today?” are also a great way to start meeting new people.Be inclusive!
4. Be inclusive!
Most people like talking to others so if you see someone who looks like they want to join in invite them over. Travelers can tell when people are meeting for the first time and will quickly join you – before long you will have a whole crew.Go on the pub crawl!
5. Go on the pub crawl!
Or the walking tour! Or the trivia night! The social events at hostels are run for a reason to help other travelers meet each other. Ask the reception staff, or look on the notice boards and get involved – you never know where the night will go.
6. Have fun!
Hostels are about sharing experiences and trying new things when someone invites you to do a cool activity say YES! You never know where the night will go, day will go or the experiences that you will have.
Some of my best travel moments have all been deciding to do something on a whim, and the people I have met I have visted across the world, Sweden, New York, Los Angeles, London, Sydney you will have a much better time travelling if you are with people so go for it!