How to Make Friends During Your Trip

Hit the Hostel Bar

Hostel bars can be the ideal place to meet new people as the crowd will most likely comprise of travelers. Although people shouldn’t rely on alcohol to overcome their shyness, it definitely helps to build some confidence and strike up conversations.

Many of these bars have drinking game nights, where groups of people form teams to compete for silly prizes. They also tend to have pool tables and offer super cheap drinks, which creates a social atmosphere that encourages people to bond.

Witthaya Prasongsin / Getty Images

Hangout in the Common Room

The common area is where people hang out when they don’t want to stay in their rooms. You’ll probably find comfy chairs, maybe a TV, and a selection of books and guides, but most importantly, travelers talking to each other and having fun.

It’s also the place where people pre-drink before going on a night out, or play board games offered by the hostel. Most of the time, as soon as someone approaches the group, they’re invited to sit down and share a bit of themselves. It doesn’t take long to feel welcome and get to know about the other travelers around the table.

Klaus Vedfelt / Getty Images

Bond Over Good Food

No matter where you’re in the world, food always brings people together. If you’ve ever stayed in a hostel, you’ll know that along with the common room, the kitchen is the busiest place. It’s usually a bit chaotic as everyone is cooking, eating, and doing the dishes together.

So, if you can cook delicious food, organizing a meal for a group might be a great way to get to know them better. Likewise, you can always help others cook and make friends at the same time. And if you can’t cook at all, don’t worry, why not invite people to visit the local pizza or burger joint?

d3sign / Getty Images

SHARE ON

Advertisement

14 Ways to Spot a Frequent Traveler

The moment someone goes on their first trip and gets a taste of freedom and adventure, everything changes. They yearn for more travel, and the more they do it, the more experienced they become. It eventually gets to a point where travel is part of their lives, and it pretty much influences every decision they make. Even though you can find many different types of travelers and styles of traveling, there are some characteristics all frequent travelers share.

The Best Gifts for Travelers

If you’re a traveler, chances are you’ve spent the last few holidays receiving kitschy, travel-themed gifts from friends and loved ones while wishing they had given you something more useful, like airport lounge passes or an Airbnb gift card. While there are some gifts like cash, and airline tickets that will always be useful, there are a few items that we’ve sourced that have amazing reputations and are appreciated by even the most minimalist travelers.

Stress Free Tips for Traveling with Kids

Going to the grocery store with children in tow can be hard enough, let alone going on a vacation; but that doesn’t mean that your globetrotting has to end when you become a parent. In fact, studies have shown that children who go on holiday with their families are happier and tend to score higher in math and reading. They also obtain more general knowledge than their fellow classmates who do not travel.