Everyone always says that traveling is a great way to meet people but I have to be honest, in the first 3 months that I spent on the road during my travels a few years back, I actually found it very difficult to make friends.
Connecting with locals was always difficult, with the expectation of a cafe chat or bar talk, and connecting with other travellers was always something that I found difficult too as most of them simply wanted to talk about how full their passport was. When I was in Kerala I met a fellow American Adrian Rubin who I got on famously with and it seems that it was this friendship that kickstarted my ability to meet friends in the future. If you are travelling, or considering travelling and worried about making friends, here is how to do it.
Using The Internet
Whether looking for love or looking to find friendship, there are a great many ways in which you can use the internet to do exactly that. One website which I use religiously when it comes to meeting new people is a website called MeetUp.com. If you haven’t already heard of this site, it is where people can create a meet up based on a shared love of something, you simply need to turn up to the meet and make some new friends if you can. there is very rarely awkwardness in these situations and there are literally millions of meet ups happening all over the world at any given time.
Not Wasting Time
Just because you have freedom in terms of your time, that is not to say that you have the time to waste on someone who has no intention of getting to know you and is simply looking for someone to talk at rather than to. If you happen to be locked in conversation with someone who is not very interesting or take snot interest in you at all, leave them and go find someone who does care.
Tours are a great way of meeting people and I have some great friends which I made whilst I was on a tour of some kind in another country. The thing is that invariably you are pushed together with these people to share an experience and this is one of the reasons why you will bond so easily. If there is a group tour available to go and see something special, make sure you take the option to get involved.
Sitting in a corner all shy is not likely to gain you many friends and you need to have the confidence whilst you are traveling to go out and speak to people, introduce yourself and seek friendship. You may only meet acquaintances and that is fine, but if you fail to even try, you are not likely to meet anyone at all.
Put yourself out there, be confident and you will be just fine.