Taking a solo trip can be liberating in many ways. It will replenish all your lost energy and will act as the best way to break away from the monotony of regular life. It is also an opportunity for you to explore yourself as you explore the world. A solo trip however is almost incomplete without meeting new people in the process. For the shy ones however it is no joke to talk to strangers. So in this article we have decided to make things a little easier for you so that the next time you are on such a solo trip you can make friends.
Some things to do to easily talk to strangers
- Be a tourist:
A general human nature is to help people who are seemingly lost. So there is actually no harm in being the conventional tourist once in a while. In the process what you can do is get to know the locals and the locality a lot more. Conversations can be a lot easier and you can talk to strangers without much of a fuss in this process. You will collect priceless information about their lives in the course of time and as long as you are not annoying them you are sure to strike up a great and interesting conversation.
- Fake conversation: This is always one of the easiest things to do to break the ice. For this you just need to go up to the person with a made up story. It could be something as simple as, “Haven’t I seen you at the coffee shop in XYZ place?” The curiosity of the person spoken to is naturally aroused when you start off in such fashion. How difficult can it then be to make friends with an unknown world of people. You should most definitely try this method out to talk to strangers if it is no piece of cake for you.
- Keep a gift:
When you are freshly acquainted with someone it surely helps if you can make a lasting impression. Giving a gift is not only a nice ice breaker it is also a way of strengthening the bond you are developing with a stranger. There are plenty of souvenirs that are available in the markets and you can always stock up on these things. When you meet a stranger remember to give them one of these and they are sure to love the surprise. If you want to meet new people while travelling solo and also want to have a rewarding experience then do not try and save on the gifting process.
- Express your interests: Even when you have barely known a person while you are on your solo travel make it a point to reveal your interests. Chances are that you could end up with very similar interests in which case you can explore them together. And if by some means the stranger is averse to all your hobbies and interests then it is best to not be that introduced in the first place. So this is actually a great determiner to know if the stranger is really worth making the effort to mingle with.
- Offer taking pictures:
This is a very normal request for a tourist to make. Yet in the pretext of this request you can end up being introduced to strangers. So during your tour offer to take nice pictures of people or with people. Few would reject the proposal and in the course of time where you take the picture, strike up a conversation and get to know the stranger better than you could have hoped for. The overtly shy solo traveler will find this tip to be possibly the most useful for him.
- Vocabulary and language skills: The travel destination might not necessarily be a place with your tongue being spoken. So it may be required of you to learn the language of the land and the words and the funny jokes in the local languages. This will come in very handy when you will later try to socialize and meet new people.
- Be confident:
When you meet new people always be at your confident best. They do not know you and so there is no reason to be humbled or embarrassed regarding something. Be at your confident self and you will see that the process of conversing with strangers will become significantly easier with time.
Travelling solo can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Not only will you get to see new places but with these tips and tricks at your service you can also meet new people in the course of your journey. We hope your new acquaintances too prove to be a great experience for you.