How to make friends as a solo traveller

25 September, 2018

Hello,

How are you all doing? I am sure you are enjoying the recent weather changes as much as I am. If you have been following my blog, then you must have noticed by now, that I have been talking about the weather in every other post. Well, I must say this year the weather changed more than my mood swung. Though I am not a fan of monsoon season because it limits my travel, but as soon as this season ends, I am probably backpacking. This is the final year of my college and I really want to walk down on the roads that are less travelled. There are definitely a few things in my mind, one of which is solo travel. Being the youngest member of the family has as many cons as pros, trust me. Being the youngest, I am being pampered the most. And I love all the attention until I make my solo travel plans. When I am backpacking alone, I honestly want all the attention and care to take another tangent. What do you think? Will my parents allow their most beloved child (especially if you are a female) backpack alone? If you are an Indian female, I would say don’t even bother to ask. It’s like you are asking the Sun to rise up from North and set at South. Complete 360° turn. It took me two years to convince my parents and sister to let me travel alone all by myself. I mean, I could really use some me-time.

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As much as travelling alone looks exciting, it is scary on some levels too. Considering a person like me who has been spoiled with too much love, I score myself negative in organization skills. I am careless, I need Google Maps everywhere, I leave stuff behind and I forget to charge my phone every now and then. Now, these are some not so impressive points when you trying to persuade your parents. Instead, my parents would ask my sister to cling to my back and follow me everywhere. I completely enjoy her company and her organization skills could really be put to a good use here. She is everything that I can never be, organized, extra-careful, cautious, always keep on her toes and completely adaptive. You really feel like walking with Google Assistant if you travelling with her. But to my utter dismay she really does not like the idea of being a babysitter in the entire trip and honestly, if you look at her face, you will feel like she is going to unleash a fireball on you anytime soon. Now, all I want is to travel solo with a companion who has got all those skills that my sister has, lol xD.

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I started by reading blogs on how to make friends as a solo traveller and I came across articles that definitely put some serious stress on staying in hostels. Though it is a good idea to stay in hostels that are comparatively cheaper than hotel rooms, I failed to understand, how staying in hostels will help you connect with like-minded people. I agree you totally get to meet new people and you can strike a conversation with them and you might end up travelling to a few spots together. But there is no way that you can predict how well and enjoyable this trip will become with them. Some do suggest to enroll in day tours but these tours are home to so many different people. Again striking a vibe has a low probability. After spending a few hours searching for other possibilities, I came across an app called Xoxo Tours. Xoxo Tours is a social networking app that allows travellers to connect with like-minded people who share the same travel interests as you do. And you get to check your compatibility way before the trip starts so that your trip is a thrilling experience and you end up with beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. All you have to do is sign up in the application, fill in all your details including your interests and the places you want to travel. Additionally, you can also choose to become a Travel Buddy for someone who visits your city. You can charge for offering your services or become a volunteer, it’s up to you solely. This Travel Dating App can truly be the solution to all my solo travel problems.

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Here are 5 reasons that Xoxo Tours is one-stop solutions for all your solo travel problems:

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1. You can find your Travel Companion before you even get started with the trip. You can chat with your to-be Travel Friend and know him/her well in advance. If you are too afraid to accompany a total stranger to the trip, you can check him/her out on his/her other social media handles. Any person with the wrong intention will try not to reveal much about him/her. You can also go one step ahead and validate by pinging on his/her social media handle. A trip with a person who shares the same interests as you can become a lifetime experience.

2. Now since you have a travel companion, you can pre-decide and divide responsibilities between each other based on skill sets. Like if I am not organized, I would really find someone who is good at planning things and instead, I will become the photographer for the whole trip.

3. Since you a travel buddy now, your parents can be assured that you are not a lone wolf anymore and you can enjoy your trip and be independent for a while. If your parents are like mine and would want a background check on the person you are travelling with, provide them with his/her complete details including his name, email, contact number, picture and all other details that you have.

4. With this app, you can also volunteer to be a travel buddy for someone. So, you actually do not have to travel to another place for a thrilling experience or to know someone. You can take him/her on a city tour and get acquainted with them. Thereafter, you can plan other trips together.

5. You can make a friend for life. In today’s world, where interactions are limited to Whatsapp groups and Facebook Messenger, having a friend with whom you can trot the globe is a total bliss.

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Before you leave, here are few things that you need to look out during the trip to stay safe while travelling solo.

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1. Do not spill the beans about each and everything of your life on your first trip. Only reveal information that is completely necessary and could not be used against you. Avoid conversations that allow the other person to know about your family background and financial stability.

2. Drink to enjoy and not to get wasted. While drinking too much should be avoided while you are on a trip whether solo or with someone. In this case when you have just started to know someone, drinking too much is not the best decision.

3. I would strongly recommend you to stay socially active on the go. In this way, your friends and family will know the places you have visited with your travel buddy.

4. Always keep a tab on your valuable belongings. Staying vigil is of no harm even if you completely trust the other person.

5. Don’t fake yourself. One of the silliest things that most people do when they introduce themselves to someone is portraying a better image of themselves by faking things. Now it could really get you in some serious trouble if this act goes south.

I hope these tips will help you plan your next solo-not-solo trip. If you have any suggestions or tips that you would like me to add on this, put up in the comments section below. Also, let me know if you would like to go travel dating to find your soul travel mate. Amigos, keep enjoying the weather and plan your next trip with Xoxo tours.

Until next time,

Sayanti, xx

 

Comments (17)

  • Woman

    May Arcenal

    26 September, 2018

    I travelled to the US on my own a few years ago, back in the time when internet wasn't mobile yet. I must say that it was thrilling and exciting. I didn't get to actually mingle with people I do not know during my trip but I loved the quiet that it brought to my mind.

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  • Woman

    Melissa

    26 September, 2018

    These are great tips! I am not much of a traveler and definitely am not one likely to travel alone. I know many people like to do that though. These pictures are really good! It looks like a beautiful place.

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  • Woman

    HannahSwancott

    01 October, 2018

    YES! Such a great post! The blogging community is great too isnt it, such a fab way to meet people and make friends when you are in a new destinatoin! Your pics are brilliant too.

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  • Woman

    Monidipa

    01 October, 2018

    The review is really great I agree with all the points of being in US. But I don't drink.

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  • Woman

    b

    01 October, 2018

    This is a really great writeup to help keep solo travelers safe. I've always travelled in big groups, but the more I do it, the more i appreciate NOT travelling in large groups lol

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  • Woman

    Sania Ahmed

    01 October, 2018

    I can be soo stubborn and rude when I travel and as a person I am an introvert I take time in making friends, making friend seems to be a big task for me :( Good to read this

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  • Woman

    Jack Marbida

    02 October, 2018

    Its nice to travel alone, I like your photos and your story. I have tried traveling also alone in Japan and that changes my life to 360. traveling is more fun alone because you dont have anybody to bother you.

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  • Woman

    Karen Monica

    02 October, 2018

    Good advice for solo travelers. I have never travel solo but would love to try it one day. Thank you for the tips

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  • Woman

    Kristina @ Spirit of the soul

    02 October, 2018

    Good tips. I've always been a little afraid of traveling alone but as I get older, I think about giving it a try.

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  • Woman

    Suchi

    02 October, 2018

    I always think of planning a solo travel! But I am way too a social animal, that i constantly need people around! These are some great tips! fo solo travelers! Some day I will get there!lol!-

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  • Man

    Adam Townsend

    02 October, 2018

    This is a good post. Travelling alone would absolutely terrify me but I know so many people that do it and say that they find it far more rewarding. One day I may use the tips on here!

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  • Woman

    Downtown Money

    02 October, 2018

    I have always wanted to go on a large trip...sadly work is a little bit in the way. I have no doubt that in the near future, I will be doing a larger trip. One other thing i heard from other solo travelers is to stay in Hostels, you will meet many like minded people!

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  • Woman

    Tonya Morris

    02 October, 2018

    I don't think I could ever travel alone but so admire those who do! These are all great tips about solo traveling that I would not have considered before! -Tonya Morris

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  • Woman

    Ali Rost

    03 October, 2018

    I couldn't help but think of The Red Hat Ladies (here in the U.S.) It's a group of women who hang out (or take trips) together and I've always thought it would be a cool way to meet interesting people. Everyone I've ever met who has a traveling spirit has turned out to be a really cool person! x

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  • Woman

    sachin

    03 October, 2018

    I love to travel alone but there is lots of problem in solo travelling. If you want your photographs to be clicked you have to request someone. Yours tips are great for solo traveller like me.

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  • Woman

    blair villanueva

    07 October, 2018

    These are amazing tipa. Travelling solo is not easy, you need courage and new friends to cope.

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  • Woman

    Cassandra Rose

    07 October, 2018

    I've always wanted to solo trip on my own but have never mustered up the courage to do so! My goal is to explore Boston on my own.

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