I’ve got a new article up on the Huffington Post: 20 Non-Awkward Ways to Meet People While Traveling Solo.
I wrote it because I’m planning some serious solo travel in Mexico, Guatemala, New Zealand, and Argentina over the next year, and I wanted to review all the different ways I know—and discover new ways that I didn’t yet know—to meet new people while traveling on my own.
The full text is below. Enjoy!
Solo travel can be invigorating, enlightening — and terribly lonely.
Why not just “be friendly” and “say hi” to new people that you meet? Here’s why: because introducing yourself to a total stranger in a café (or bar, or party, or at a tourist attraction, or on public transport) can feel creepy, anxiety-provoking and awkward — especially when you don’t have a friend or two backing you up.
If you’re like me, you crave context before striking up a conversation as a solo traveler. You want to know something about the person, have a common subject of conversation, and, ideally, have already corresponded (through a website or e-mail) before meeting. With such a context established, people like us feel more prepared, confident, and relaxed in our socializing.
Here are the 20 best non-awkward ways I’ve discovered to meet new people while traveling solo, whether internationally or in your own country. Continue Reading