We all know that travelling can change who you are. It can enrich you, it can open you up to a whole new world of possibilities, it can make you more knowledgeable and more tolerant with those around you and, ultimately, it can change your very view on life.
Part of the fun in travelling is related to the people you meet along the way. The beautiful souls you instantly connect with, the long-distance friends you will want to Skype call on Saturday nights even when you’re on the other end of the world, the people who taught you that friendship has no religion, no nationality and no ethnicity.
How to meet people on the road? How to open yourself to the myriad of amazing persons out there? We have gathered some tips to help you do this successfully and safely – so read on and find out more.
Stay in hostels
This is one of the most common ways to meet likeminded people. Because most travellers who stay in hostels are backpackers, budget-friendly and probably of the same age as you, you will instantly find things to discuss with them.
What’s more, parties in hostels can get really fun and they can help you meet, greet and get to know the people with whom you’re sharing a house (and even a room). That’s the kind of connection you will always remember candidly!
Be open and smile
It is a proven fact that people find it easier to get close to those who smile. We’re programmed to react nicely to people who show us kindness and who share a smile with us. Thus, if you want people to like you, you should be open, you should be polite and you should smile – and that’s true regardless of where in the world you are.
Now, nobody says that you should put a constant grin on your face, nor that you should fake it. But being nice can go a long way and it can make you much more approachable.
Keep your eyes open too
Unfortunately, not all people you will meet along the way are as great as they may seem in the beginning. Some of them may simply fade away, others may have hidden agendas. And there are also those with whom you will find no compatibility at all.
The most important thing is to stay safe. Don’t be anti-social when travelling, but do make sure you keep your eyes and your ears open and try to see beyond appearances. The last thing you want is to feel disappointed by the people you’ve met along the way.
Try not to show “touristy”, speak only to people you trust and never divulge personal information (and yes, this includes the hostel where you stay too). You will meet a lot of amazing people, but staying away from the potential dangers of travelling (especially solo) is always the safest bet! Find your balance between “social” and “cautious” and you will be more than fine!