The world is going gaga over solo travel. It is undoubtedly one of the best experiences of life and I personally believe that everyone should take a solo trip at least once. But sometimes you need company, after all man is a social being. So here’s how you can make friends while you travel alone. Trust me, the journey becomes even more adventurous this way. These new friends you make during a short lived trip can even last for a lifetime. So, give it a try!
Stay in Hostels
Yes, stay in hostels like QUEEN style! India may not have too many backpacker hostels but then we do have youth hostels in places like Delhi, Vizag and Goa, which remain occupied by the young backpacking crowd. Here, sharing room with unknown individuals make up for the old childhood days with friends that are now gone by.
Go Pub Hopping
Gulp in a few shots and you are all set to make friends with the unknown. Drinks and ‘dosti’ is the perfect combination ever created.
P.S.: Drink within limits and be sure of the gang you are drinking with. None of us like to land in untoward circumstances.
Remember Geet from ‘Jab We Met’? Like her, even you can volunteer to teach while travelling. A lot of travellers take up teaching English and few other subjects that the particular destination allows. In the process, you are bound to make friends from all across the globe. ‘Aur phir wo dost hi kya jisne exam na pass karaya ho?’
One country, many communities, just like it happened in the Bollywood hit ‘English Vinglish’. Yet another way of making friends is to join the local activity classes and take the values of friendship to a border away. Learn the local cuisine, art and language to take an experience with you like never before.
Take a Group Tour
You may have definitely started alone, but joining a group here and there does no harm. Who knows this could be just the beginning of a wonderful friendship? People from different parts of the world, people with different mindsets and people with different choices make the perfect pair.
And while it is always good to make new friends, it’s too bad if you’re losing touch with your old friends. This Friendship Day, take a trip with that long lost childhood friend and if you’re all alone, take a trip to never-land and make friends during the vacation.