The 6 ultimate tips: Socialize while traveling

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These 6 ultimate tips, will help you make new contacts on your trip.

Whether you're planning to travel alone, have a Group tour with strangers, or you just like to meet new people, these tips will help you do that.

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Take the first step

Be the person who reaches out to others and meets new people. This tip may seem obvious, but it's worth mentioning. You need to take active steps to get to know people and show them interest. Introducing yourself to someone shows that you are interested in the person you are talking to and can get a conversation rolling.

If you see people who seem immediately likeable, don't hesitate to introduce yourself to them. Many people find it difficult to meet people this way, but it is a good exercise for those who are trying to make new contacts and become more extroverted. However, if approaching people and starting a conversation out of nowhere is not your thing, then the next tips are more for you.

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Making acquaintances via social media 

Whether before or during your trip: Joining Facebook groups is always a good idea. You can search for your destination using the search function and find groups on all kinds of topics: Backpacking, expat, yoga or surf groups.

It's best to join all the groups you're interested in and see what other people post there. Then write a short post in which you introduce yourself and mention that you would like to make new contacts. Using social networks is a great tip for socializing while traveling. However, always be careful with whom and where you meet.

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Apps that network

There are also various apps that are designed for exactly one thing: Finding new and like-minded travel acquaintances. The following apps are very helpful and give you the opportunity to meet people before you meet them in real life. 

Backpackr

With the app Backpackr you only need to enter your destination or your location and you will be shown a list of travelers who are near you. You can then directly write a message and the joint adventure can start.

Meetup

Meetup is one of the most popular apps for finding people with similar interests. It lists meetings and events for a wide variety of activities: Quiz nights, hikes or cultural activities. You're sure to find what you're looking for.

Eatwith

If you like to have a meal in company, the app Eatwith offers the perfect solution. In principle, you are cooked by the home kitchen of private individuals. At the same time, you get an authentic insight into the regional cuisine at the dining table of the locals. 

Tourlina

The app Tourlina specializes in the needs of women traveling alone. Here, women can safely find female travel partners and sociable locals. Only users verified by the app operators can chat with others.

Tourlina was developed for women traveling solo, who are looking for a nice companion for a few days. As a woman you can safely find female travel partners and sociable locals here.

Users have to be verified by the app operators before they can chat with others. However, the app can also be useful before the trip, as you can find potential travel partners using the "match" principle familiar from dating apps. This way, you can search for the right travel companion for your time period and destination country.

More apps

  • Scive: For all water sports enthusiasts
  • Showaround: For city tours
  • PartyWith: To find a group for parties.
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Trips that weld together

If you take part in day trips during your trip, this is also a great way to make new acquaintances. There you can bridge the often long rides to the destination with a conversation. The common experiences weld the group together and you will probably have a lot of fun there.

Make sure you save each other's contact information or accommodations, or arrange to have dinner together directly to intensify the new acquaintance and review the day's events. Try to participate in different excursions, which you like and to gain great experiences with new people.

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Leisure activities

You will find a wide range of leisure activities almost everywhere.

Whether it's sports classes, yoga, cooking classes or other workshops and even beach cleanups, like-minded people hang out there. Be open and proactive to make acquaintances Try to participate in the group activities that interest you and meet there with

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Like-minded people surround you everywhere

When traveling, like-minded people surround you everywhere and chances are you'll make connections quickly. 

With the choice of your accommodation you can already take the initiative, for solo travelers we recommend especially hostels and guesthouses. There you will find many people who are in the same situation as you are. Try to approach people here, participate in events of the accommodation and say "yes" to many things.

Cafes and restaurants are also great places to meet new people. For example, if you see other people sitting alone, you can approach them and ask if they are interested in sharing a meal. Approach the people who seem interesting to you, even though it may be difficult.    

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Ready for new acquaintances?

So, as you can see, there are many different ways to get in touch with new people and make friends. To make these new acquaintances last, we'll tell you how to get the Contact best maintains.

With our group tours you will have before, during and after your Travel the option to establish contact with other adventurers.

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