I have just returned from a 4 month solo trip to Nepal, middle east, and Egypt. This was my second solo trip and I loved it. Meeting people is not hard. The hostels, day trips, and major sites are an easy way to meet people. Many hostels have a bar in and that is a great way to meet people. They are all there doing the same thing. Also after traveling for a few weeks you will end up meeting people you met a few weeks prior. A lot of people go the same destinations but in different orders.. Enjoy you will love it! Just put on a big smile
I've found standing in the middle of the sidewalk, holding a map in my hand and looking confused has worked well. Okay, the people only talked to me to say "Get out of the middle of the sidewalk, you moron!" but...
As everyone has said, meeting people is really quite easy. It helps if you are a bit outgoing yourself, but it's certainly not a requirement. And, some have commented on how you will start conversations on your own after awhile. All is true. One thing no one has mentioned - body language. If you are a "talker" like me (meaning never shuts up) then body language rarely plays into it. I just start talking to whomever is around me. But, most importantly is your own body language. If you appear to be open to contact (head up, looking people in the eye (though not staring unless they are way to cute not to stare), standing tall and looking confident (unless you really are in the middle of the sidewalk with a map and totally confused)), others will approach you. Well, be careful of the shady-looking ones with big bags of illegal substances hanging out of their pockets, if you know what I mean and I'm sure you do...
There have been numerous threads on this topic and each one receives the same type of responses. Meeting people is not a problem in the real world - only in your head. Honestly, it will be hard not meeting people. Try it - it just won't work. Before you know it, you'll be making friends from all over the place and your next big dilemma will be "How do I stay in contact with everyone?". You have my sympathies. Traveling and not meeting new people is hard. Good luck.
The place that i seemed to meet most of the people that i ended up hanging out with on my last travel was believe it or not in the kitchen of my hostels.
Think about it... its a shared often cramped kitchen your trying to cook a meal with all the cheapest ingredients thrown in your cramped next to someone else who is doing the same thing before you know it you need to use the knife they were just using and bang you are sitting down at a table eating dinner and asking them what they are up to that night, next thing your in a bar with 3 or 4 new friends
You don't need to try too hard.... just book yourself on a few trips and you'll soon find a new freind or 2.
have fun and don't worry about it.... enjoy the time on your own for a while coz you won't be alone for long.
Iv travelled the states europe and australia. some of the trips with friends from home some on my own.
Theres ups and downs to both. But the bottom line is theres solo travellers out there all the time and you'd need to be pretty unsociable not to meet people and possible friends. Just go in with a positive attitude, and you'll make a trip to remember!
For a specific if you're going to Rome I'd recommend staying at the Yellow as it's a really great place to meet people
I find it is easiest to meet people at your hostel in the eating/lounge area. Ask if they mind if you sit at their table (best if there are not tones of other tables to choose from), and asking where they are from is the best traveling starter line. Choose a hostel that has a good lounge/eating area with lots of room at the table and preferably outside table as well where people can smoke, because so many people smoke and eat outside.
This works for me.... Try learning a really good quirky song, you´ll be surprised the places you´ll get a chance to use it and it´s a great ice-breaker. If you don´t sing, how about a really good poem about travelling or something interesting from your part of the world. I know it sounds a bit corny, but the fact is that people the world over LOVE TO BE ENTERTAINED. You won´t be a stranger for long.
I know how you feel. But you will see that its not difficult to meet people and have fun with them. My first trip alone was in Europe and i was afraid that i would spend the days without any company. I am a shy guy. But the first day i was looking for a restaurant and i asked some people where was it and finally i found myself eating pizza with locals in their house. This was the start. My next trips was easier, i didnt have to think about lonely days anymore!
Good luck to you!
it's impossible to not meet people. there will be days that you just want to laze around and people will be bothering you to go out. next thing you know you'll be asking how do I not meet people?