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How to Make Friends While Traveling Alone - Page 3

Written by Jessica Festa
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All travelers use money exchanges

Oddly enough, this is where I met most of the travelers which whom I actually became close. One guy I met in a money exchange ended up becoming one of my favorite travel buddies, so much so that we have visited each other in our respective countries after the Eurotrip was over. Everyone who travels needs to exchange currency, and that includes backpackers. Usually people do this right when they get off an airplane or train, when they still have their backpack on. When other backpackers see that you are one of them, it is an instant conversation starter.

Everyone loves a picnic

This was my favorite way to meet people because it involves food and wine. Because you can drink in public in Europe, it is common for people to gather in major squares or plazas in an area and drink wine and eat. Pack a lot of food and some wine and head over to one of these areas. Approach some other travelers and offer to share your goodies. This is a great way to meet people as well as try some delicious cheese and vino.

CouchSurfing to a local experience

While couch surfing can be a great way to get free accommodation, you do not necessarily have to stay with someone to meet them. Many people who sign up for couch surfing are interested in meeting people from other countries and learning about different cultures. Try sending a message to someone from the region you’re going to via the couchsurfing website and ask if they would like to get dinner or a drink. This is a great way to not only make friends but to also learn first hand about the local culture. 

©Jessica Festa

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