How to Make Friends During Your Trip

Use Couchsurfing

Another amazing way to make new friends is using the Couchsurfing platform, where travelers sleep in the house of kind locals. It has lost some market share to Airbnb, but the community is still very much alive.

As there’s no money involved, the exchanges are based on trust and generosity. So while you may not need to pay for your bed (or couch), you’re expected to cook a meal and share some time with the hosts. Couchsurfing also promotes many locals events where locals and travelers can meet each other.

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Always Have a Deck of Cards

Sometimes, all you need to bring people together is a deck of cards. They’re particularly important on those rainy days, where you can’t go on any tours and there’s nothing to do in the hostel.

You might literally be the person who saves the day (or night) by having a deck with you. Make sure you learn all the classic traveling card games, and to make it more exciting, get the losers to do some shots or silly things.

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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.