How to Make Friends During Your Trip

Consider Using a Meeting App

Did you know there are many people who use Tinder to meet other travelers? That’s right! Although the app is geared towards romantic relationships, it’s also possible to make new friends if you set the boundaries from the get-go.

Another option is the Meetup app, which makes it easier for you to find like-minded people and communities. So, if you’re into slacklining, salsa, or even Pokémon GO, you’ll probably find a group of people who meet regularly and would love to have you around.

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Get Used to Saying Yes

There’s no point in traveling to the other side of the globe, just to stay in your room checking Facebook all day long. It’s super important to be open to new adventures, especially the ones that make you slightly uncomfortable. Making friends involves initiative, but sometimes, it’s just a matter of saying “yes.”

So if everyone decides to go to the beach, for instance, and they invite you to go along, jump at the opportunity and make the most of it. Overcome your shyness and start accepting invitations (even if it’s to go bungee jumping), and before you know it, it’ll be you inviting other people.

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Meet People on Long Journeys

Long bus journeys can be miserable — no one likes to drive for 16 hours on a crowded vehicle, especially if it has no toilets. Instead of just shutting yourself to the world to read your book or listen to your iPod, why not strike a conversation with a fellow passenger?

You might meet someone who’s going to the same destination and could become a great travel partner. They also might know something you don’t (like a cheaper hostel or cool nearby village), and by changing your plans you end with new stories and a friend for life.

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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.

Don’t Fall for These 10 Scary Traveler Scams

Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.

15 Hidden Gems in South America

If you’re planning a trip to South America and are researching your itinerary, you’ll probably see the same places over and over again. Destinations such as Machu Picchu or Salar de Uyuni are indeed amazing, but if you’d like some hidden gems, you’ll need to dig deeper.