Six ways to meet a travel buddy, or two…
Not only does travelling open your eyes to foreign countries and cultures, it’s also a great way to meet like-minded individuals, share stories and get even more inspired to pack that bag and head on out to pastures new. Sabrina, one of our 2017 Blue Ticket winners shares six of her tips on how to go about making pals whilst adventuring around the globe…
- Join a tour
Organised by STA Travel, we arrived in Cambodia as part of the G-String Tour with G-Adventures. There was a group of 12 of us who travelled from Bangkok, through Cambodia and finishing in Vietnam. We met every type of traveller along the way, including groups of friends, couples and solo travellers. G-Adventures created an itinerary which constantly brought everyone together through optional meals, additional day tours and of course, big party nights out. It created a great balance between having optional gatherings and the time to have some space.
- Attend events organised by the hostel
Loft Hostel (in Bangkok) was the first hostel we stayed at during our trip. The hostel had an STA Travel representative who hosted a quiz night. This was a good opportunity for everyone to meet each other. And if you’re offering alcohol as a prize, plus free drinks for entering, you’re going to get some good numbers! After creating a slightly over-competitive vibe, we joined up with the staff and other travellers to have dinner together and laugh over everyone’s travel mishaps.
- Join the hostel breakfasts and dinners
Even with the delicious (and classic) bread and butter on offer, it’s the conversation that really makes a hostel breakfast. Many hostels have communal tables, which is the ideal opportunity to say hello to another guest. You get to hear their adventures and stories, and share your own. It’s these stories which help inspire you in the morning and get you ready for the day.
- Go on a night out (or three)
Who can’t make friends at a bar… especially after a cocktail?! During our tour with G-Adventures, we went out in Siem Reap to YOLO Bar. Their music was incredible. During the night, we met fellow travellers and shared our stories, followed by an energetic dance session. One traveller was a fellow salsa dancer, and we spent half the night salsa dancing… you never know who you’re going to meet! Just smile, say hello, and pull out some serious moves on the dancefloor. Who wouldn’t want to get to know you?
- Ride the public transport
Night trains, hop on hop off buses, and transfers place you in a situation where it’s impossible not to meet other likeminded travellers. You’re all on the same journey to the same place, so itinerary sharing is an easy conversation starter. Whilst traveling in Australia, we went on a hop on hop off bus tour, which allowed us to meet fellow travellers. By discussing and combining possible travel plans, you may even save some dollar by splitting the costs. Always a positive!
- Get yourself in a shared dorm
Who doesn’t fancy a 12-mixed dorm after a long day of sun and sweat? But seriously, it’s not that bad… providing you don’t have a snorer! When staying in a dorm, the down time after a long day gives you an easy opportunity to create conversation. Many travellers love a good chat, so ask them for some local advice and they might even give you a rundown of the do’s and dont’s of the area! It may save you a surprise or two in the future!Want to win a place on our next BlueTicket adventure? Course you do. Head to our page to find out more!