You love to travel, and while your exchange partner gave you tons of places to visit and experience, you wish there was someone there waiting to meet you. Perhaps you’re looking for someone to show you around the city or introduce you to the best places to dine? Here are tips on how to easily meet people while you’re traveling – even before you leave home.
Be Open to New Experiences: Be yourself, just as you would when you’re at home, and allow yourself to become a part of where you’re visiting. Greet someone with “Hello” in the local language. Give someone a compliment. Ask someone the best place to get a good cup of coffee.
Bookalokal: Connect with the locals and share an authentic meal. This site helps to break down barriers to meeting new people while experiencing a great meal or local scene. Choose a city, select an offered food experience from a Bookalokal host or request a date with a host. Before your trip, get to know them by reading their profile and exchanging messages.
Non-simultaneous Exchange: Instead of choosing a simultaneous home exchange, be greeted by the homeowner when you arrive! You get to stay with someone while you’re visiting the city.
Eat at the Bar: Instead of sitting alone at a table, get a seat at the bar or community table. Strike up a conversation with the person sitting next to you by asking what they recommend to eat or drink. To continue the conversation, ask them where they would recommend going next to dine while you’re visiting.
Become a Regular: If you’re staying somewhere for more than a few days, find the local coffee shop and go there daily. Get to know the staff as well as the regulars.
Ask Your Social Network: A few weeks before your trip, ask your friends who they know in the city you’re traveling to.
Expand Your Social Network: Websites like TravBuddy help connect you to people in places where you’ll travel, or look for MeetUp.com groups and mixer events where you can find local groups that have similar interests as you. Find a group to go play golf with or a group that knits.
Get a Pen Pal: Applications like, ePenpal, encourage people to connect. Get to know someone before your trip and arrange a time to meet up and go explore the city.
Take a Tour: Join a day tour and strike up a conversation! You will be with people who have similar interests. After the tour, suggest going out to dinner with a few of your newfound friends.
Take a Class: With a little research, you can find a class on just about anything. Especially in large cities, you will find classes in cooking, pottery, dancing, yoga, photography, and much more.
Volunteer: Do you already volunteer? Find a similar organization in the city where you’re staying and look for opportunities to volunteer. Similar to taking a class or a tour, chances are the people you’ll meet will have similar interests as you and you’ll get along great.