Oct 1, 2012

Travel Rule #1: Talk To Strangers
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Written by : Mariano Pallottini| 0 | Travel

Here are a few thoughts on making friends while on the road:

  • Get out of your car – it  creates opportunities to meet people on trains, buses and ferries and a few more while mooching rides to places you can’t get to on public transport.
  • Brings kids and/or dogs –  kids and dogs are great conversation starters.
  • Don’t be in a rush. Do’t cover 12 countries in 6 days and see everything that’s listed in our guidebook. That’s a surefire recipe for not meeting anyone.
  • Don’t get too comfortable – travelling to another country, especially without knowing the local language, try to seek people out to ask them how to get places and how to do things
  • Stay in small hotels or bed and breakfast places – seek out smaller, independent places you can get to know your hosts – who are often very interesting people.
  • Become a journalist, if only for a day. Blog about your travels and use your site as an excuse to interview people you want to talk to.
  • Split from your group at least once. Solo travelers are more approachable and when you travel as a couple or a group, you tend to rely on each other for conversation. At least once or twice on any trip, split up from your party for at least a half day and see what happens.
  • Make the effort – strike up conversations with people and don’t assume that everyone that approaches you is hoping to save your soul or fleece you.

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