Quick tips for finding love on the road.
Lone traveling is one of the most fulfilling and enriching experiences a person can have, especially if you are enthusiastic about making new friends, visiting new places and learning different languages. It is possible to make so many useful contacts as you travel the world meeting friendly locals, tourists and fellow travelers, and they can stay with you for the rest of your life.
Meet like-minded people at hotel bars
There are always other people who are traveling solo, just like you and the hotel bar is the best place to find them. After a couple of drinks, fellow travelers relax and often open up to a conversation with a stranger to share experiences and opinions. Sometimes it takes a little effort to get started, especially if you or the traveler are not particularly extrovert, but it is usually worth effort. Simple ways to break the ice work best and asking directions to somewhere is a good way to get started. Even before reaching the hotel bar, chatting to locals on the way at the bus station, in the taxi or local park can help you settle in to a place.
Be surrounded by more people in a hostel
Some of the most interesting and unique people in the world seem to end up staying in hostels. They come from literally everywhere and it is no wonder dating experts always recommend staying in hostels when you are a solo traveler. Hostel guests seem to share a comradery that creates a buzz in itself. You just don’t get the chance to get lonely in a hostel.
Some travelers are put off by the thought of having to stay in a dorm but there are usually a limited number of private rooms available you can book in advance. Because people look after themselves in hostels, they tend to be lively places with people on the move day and night between the dorm, mess and bar, so you need to be prepared for that.
It’s easier to join in the fun at the bar than try to sleep through it and much more fun. If you’re not the bar type though, the mess canteen is another place to meet your fellow travelers and chat about your travels, life and the cost of fish, as you do.
Spend some time on online platforms
Dating apps and websites are a great tool for finding and meeting up with locals as you travel. You know the rules when using them, sensitive info and such. Keep yourself safe as you travel and you can get to meet some fabulous people as you go, but keep your details to a minimum and meet only in public places.
Social media platforms and dating sites may also help you meet singles online, and surely, you can find some good places that have more than a 1000 members to connect with, get information from or meet. You can search for groups, events and opportunities based location too, to find out about the current events there or experiences of people who have been there. But, if you’re looking for a serious person who’d love to travel with you, you should put your trust in dating sites only.
Register for events
Take the opportunity to meet like-minded people by signing up to seminars and conferences in the places you are visiting. With a common interest, striking up a conversation will come easily and probably last for hours. From history to yoga, the possible topics are endless but even having to pay a small fee will be worthwhile for the equally endless chat.
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