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Weird - travellers cannot meet locals and visa vis

Travel Forums General Talk Weird - travellers cannot meet locals and visa vis

1. Posted by ozman (Full Member 118 posts) 9y

It's strange,

When I was backpacking around Europe, I was never short on friends. EVERY backpackers' I went to I instantly met many people, in fact, it was like they were old mates. These were people from all over the world, some even from home. Though never did I meet a local.

Now that I am back home, it is impossible to meet travellers. There is a backpackers' right near here and it seems as if there is some wall between us. I would love to go and hang with the travellers again, but there seems no way to break the ice.

Weird I reckon. Anyone else agree?

2. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

How old are you?
Do you suffer from loniless?
get a Nokia 512Nb.
LOL

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Ozman:)

I dont know what u do differently, when u travel.
I meet lots of locals. Sometimes I meet too many and wish I could have some space. Having my personal space respected is often my biggest problem, in the third world. I even have situations where a woman who does not speak English will ask somebody to ask me if I will stay in her house tonight, because she likes company. Or often locals will gather around me asking questions. And there are local men asking if I want company, drinks, food......
I am going to Iran next month, where I heard that people are very hospitable. Hopefully, I will be left in peace to read and drink coffee, for a lot of the time.

I usually meet backpackers, in the center of Munich. They are often sitting around the streets or in McDonalds. They are quite chatty, when they find out I speak English so well.

My guess is that u dont have the same experience, becasue of the places u tend to go.
If u go to remote places, when u travel, people will be more hospitable and a lot less cynical about tourists. They are then likely to treat u as an honoured guest and object of great curiousity.
In your home town, maybe if u hang around the city center, in cafes or bars, u will meet more backpackers. The centre is where they mostly are. They are never in the area where I live, in the suburbs of Munich.

Mel