I'm not the most confident/outgoing of people, but I do love to see new faces and meet new personalities. So what do you find is the best way to meet people?
To hang out in local bars? in the hostel communal room? to go on group excursions? on the bus between places?
Just interested in peoples thoughts.
Well for me its meeting people in bars, watching a game on the box but there are just so many great ways to meet people whilst traveling
meeting new people is always a highlight for every trip i go on
are you talking about meeting locals or other travellers?
I usually meet a lot of people, in youth hostels. Because u share a dorm, with others, u meet them, in the dorm as well as the communal room. If u want to meet both men and women, the u will increase your opportunities, if u stay in mixed dorms.
Of course u would meet people on organised trips too. I dont do these, so cant comment, in detail. Hostels often organise these.
Also, if u like bars, u can go on organised, pub crawls, from some hostels, in Europe.
Whenever I visit a new city, I always take a sightseeing tour, either walking or by bus. While on the tour you get to meet a lot of people from around the world. Most people love to talk about themselves and their home country, their jobs, and cities they just recently visited. Case in point: when I was in Vienna last May, I took a sightseeing bus tour one morning with the highlight being the Schonbrunn Palace. While on the english speaking tour bus, I ended up sitting beside a really nice Australian from Perth. We talked about all sorts of things like our work, hobbies, etc. and ended up going for lunch together after the tour. My only regret was that we didn't exchange e-mails. Well, we live and learn from our mistakes. So, go take a tour, learn about a new city, and make new friends!
You have some great advice in the above posts. The communal room in hostels in a great place, as are tours. Just be open to meeting new people. Ask where they are from, what camera they use, what they have seen so far, etc. Get the conversation going and you may have made a new friend. Good Luck with your coming trip.
i definitely vouch for hostels... you just can't mingle the same way in any other type of accomodation!
Having a form of autism, truely connecting with people (= more than just saying hi and a brief chat before seperating ways again) is quite hard, even in my own home country. I guess hostel bars are the best way to meet fellow travellers (but not every hostel will like non-guests to come in) as there's not really such a thing as 'expats-only'/'immigrants only' bars where you meet other immigrants. Meeting local citizens should be easier than meeting other travellers, as any regular pub will bring you to a place full of locals, I recommend going to a theme pub where everyone will have one interest in common (for example a soccer bar, a bar with only hardrock music, a bar with only jazz music, ...) so you have your icebreaker
I personally do refrain from dorms. With my condition, a common sleeping place would be an almost intimidating experience. If there is one need every hostel I check in should have, it's the ability of choosing a private room. I don't care if the room is en-suite or not, I don't mind a small room, but I need to be on my own to have any sleep at all.
Well, I also think one of the most interesting part of travelling is to meet new people. Sometimes I travel with a group, sometimes I go with friends and many times I travel alone. Seems that I'd make friends easier when I travel alone, with both locals and other travellers. And I feel very happy because I get to know so many nice people. For me it could happen anywhere: on the bus, in the shops, in the hotels, in the bar, restaurant or just simply on the streets... Some exchange of words may lead to a longer conversation, a pleasant acquaintance and then maybe a friendship. So I think regardless of where you are, you just need to be friendly and open, not necessarily very outgoing, just be pleasant to others and you will see the difference, that people will be friendly to you and like your company.