Travelling solo can be a double-edged sword. While you have the freedom to do what you want when you want - and the ability to sleep in the middle of a giant bed - it can get a little lonely. If you’re looking to make a new friend while you’re on the road, all you need is a bit of confidence, some conversational skill and a few tips to help you on your way. So, here’s the deal: you take care of the first two components and we’ll help you out with the third. Keep reading and you’ll be making friends in no time.
Utilise common areas
Whether you’re reading a book next to the fireplace at Vibe Canberra Airport, soaking up the sun beside the pool at Rendezvous Hotel Scarborough or enjoying a fine wine at the MG Bar in Brisbane’s beautiful Gambaro Hotel, spending time in your hotel’s common areas is a great way to strike up conversation with a likeminded guest or friendly bartender.
Join city walking tours
City walking tours are a great way to meet people when travelling solo. Most are free, last for around two hours and attract eclectic groups from young backpackers to older couples. As well as learning interesting things about your destination, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to strike up a conversation as you walk between sights. As an added benefit, you’ll also have a friendly local guide who can point you in the right direction for great cafes, friendly bars and exciting events.
Get social with food
Marketing itself as the Airbnb of food, Eat With has well and truly made its mark among foodie-focused travellers, offering home-cooked meals, cooking classes and food tours by talented locals. Its goal is to replicate the original social network – sitting around a table together – and provide opportunities for people to meet and bond over food. A quick look at the website tells us there are a whole range of events currently on offer, from a wine, cheese and charcuterie night with Christina in South Yarra to a good old fashioned BBQ on the deck with Bronwyn in Burleigh Heads.
Learn a new skill
Book yourself in for an art class, language lesson or flamenco workshop – whatever tickles your fancy! As well as securing a few hours of enjoyment and adding a new skill to your bow, you’ll find it’s easy to strike up conversation with the person next to you when you’re both navigating your way through the same task.
Engage in one of your favourite pastimes
Instead of learning something new, why not get involved in something you already know and love? Meetup is a genius of a thing, connecting people with similar interests through fun local events. Scroll through the upcoming events in your destination and book yourself in for a hiking adventure, arthouse movie screening and discussion, photography workshop or even a red wine and philosophy night. Your holiday’s social calendar is now sorted.