Solo female travel tips I always get asked to share is how to make friends. When traveling by myself, the most common question friends and family ask me is “Won’t you be lonely?” And the answer is always no. Just because I booked a trip solo doesn’t mean I will be alone the entire trip! I meet tons of fellow travelers, many who are also traveling by themselves, and who have the most amazing stories.
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Here’s how I meet people from all over the world as a solo female traveler:
1) Hostelworld – Stay in a hostel and you’re guaranteed to meet new people as a solo female traveler! They one of the cheapest accommodation options and many host events every night so everyone gets to know each other. Salsa dancing, cooking, happy hours, plenty of opportunities to go up to a fellow traveler and say hi!
2) Couchsurfing – What I love about Couchsurfing is you will always have a friend to hang out with and learn from during your entire trip. You have the option to stay with a local or just meet up with one, they are always so happy to show someone their city! I love learning how the locals live. They really show you a side of the city you would never have known existed.
3) Pub Crawl – Pub crawls vary in size depending on the location and time of year, and some reach upwards of 100 people! Most are travelers looking to have a fun time, so with some liquid courage you will make friends easy. As a bonus, you get to see numerous different bars and clubs in the city! Some even give you a t-shirt as a souvenir.
4) Walking Tours – Walking tours are one of my favorite to-do’s when visiting a new city, since I don’t always know much about a city’s history before my plane lands. You get to see famous landmarks, learn interesting facts, taste delicacies, all led by a knowledgable tour guide. Plus, you have the chance to walk and talk to many other solo travelers as well!
5) Volunteering – Last but not least, volunteering is a great way to contribute to the world and meet amazing people while doing so. I taught English in Peru and was placed in a communal housing unit where I met so many other volunteers from all around the world! My favorite part of the trip was of course befriending my class of 50 little Peruvian children!
Here’s one of my favorite female-friendly countries to travel to:
What are your tips for meeting people while traveling?