One of the questions I hear the most often from friends back home is, “How do you meet people while traveling?”
First I want to confess something. When I left San Francisco to solo travel around the world at the beginning of January, I felt afraid of feeling lonely 24/7. Growing up as an only child, I felt comfortable with keeping myself entertained, but moving thousands of miles away from my friends and family would be a new challenge for my independence.
I have good news: traveling through 6 countries over the last 5 months has shown me that my fears were completely unfounded. Meeting people while traveling has been the top highlight of my year of adventure. It’s also never been easier in our increasingly interconnected world. My goals with this article are two-fold: 1) clear the air so that this fear of being alone never stops you from pursuing the adventure of your dreams and 2) share a few strategies for meeting people that may help you along the way.
While I still occasionally feel lonely on the road, it’s no more than I did when I lived in San Francisco. Maybe even less. The biggest reason why, and what I want to share with you first, is the mindset shift I experienced after starting to travel long-term.[Read more…] about How to Meet People While Traveling