Lets face it: one of the most daunting things about solo travel is being alone. But that is rarely the case if you don’t want it to be. During my solo travel trip, I found myself constantly making new friends. At one point, I had to reject a few offers to take some much needed time alone. I was pretty stoked about having this issue. Here are five tips that I personally use to meet people during solo travels:
1. STAY IN A HOSTEL
I am pretty sure at this point I have raved about hostels more than traveling itself on my blog. But SERIOUSLY, if you are traveling alone staying in a hostel is the easiest way to meet people that are also trying to meet other people. I made so many friends traveling alone as well as in groups by staying in hostels. On top of the close proximity to people, hostels will usually hold events so you can mingle easier. I ended up always making friends by staying in a hostel. If you are not into the whole sleeping with six other strangers thing (it is not as bad as it sounds I promise) then you can usually even book a private room at a hostel. OR if you are taking the hotel/ AirBNB route, you can even try going at a hostel just to hang out at their bar.
FREE SIDE NOTE: If you are staying in Barcelona, you absolutely need to stay at Yeah! Hostel (This is not sponsored but it should be because I love this hostel so freaking much). They have social dinners and night crawls every day making it a very cool experience!
2. JOIN A PUB-CRAWL/GUIDED WALKING TOUR
This one can seem a little more intimidating, I get it. But hey, that is the fun part about solo travel getting out of your comfort zone. Joining a guided pub crawl was one of the most fun experiences I did during my travels. I made a lot of new friends this way. Not to mention, alcohol typically makes people a little more sociable. If that isn’t your thing, then try doing a guided walking tour in your city. I also made quite a few friends this way, it was fun grabbing a bite to eat after a long guided tour with my new friends.
3. SIT AT A BAR ALONE
LEAVING MY TEXAN MARK AT MY FAVE BAR IN GALWAY, IRELAND (AN PUNCAN’S)
Ha. Ha. Ha. I realize this is very scary for most people. BUTTT, I promise it really is not bad AT ALL. I made some of my very best friendships this way. I also became friends with a lot of bartenders this way. Bars are designed for people sitting alone, so don’t think you will stick out like a sore thumb. I had a blast getting to meet new people from all over the world, as well as locals this way.
4. USE DATING APPS
Take this advice with a grain of salt if you are one of those people that think dating apps are so stupid and blah-blah (insert pessimistic comment here). I actually fit into that category before I started traveling. BUT, I met a lot of solo female travelers that actually would do this. I thought what the heck, I will give it a shot. And I loved it! It’s 2018 after all. You actually do not even have to really meet up with anyone, you can just use Tinder or Bumble as a means to ask locals on where to go. A good alternative is using Bumble BFF, that way you can meet same gendered people and explore the city together.
5. TRY OUT AIR BNB EXPERIENCES
I think Air BNB experiences is the most underrated thing ever. Air BNB experiences are events usually put on by locals in group settings. I took a crepes making class by a Parisian in his apartment in Paris. I made a lot of other friends that had a similar interest in cooking. I really, really recommend this. Usually the prices are more affordable than doing a similar experience by a company, and this way you get a more authentic experience.
I hope you found these tips helpful. If you did, please share this with your friends and leave some feedback in the comments!
Still scared to solo travel? Read my 10 safety tips here.