NOTE: do not take notes from this thread dude!
Everything is completely valid and it all works wonders but you need to figure it all out from experience.
Its like high school. or University. You go there knowing no one but then you bond with certain people that tend to have the same interests as you or whatever else. It just happens.
But.... get this.... take note of my note and dont take notes cause its all in your personality bro!
If you arent outgoing, you arent going to like travelling and you'll be on the first flight back home. But remember that travelling forces you to be outgoing and this is why so many people that travel (im sure most people on here know exactly what im talking about) are such amazing people. They've developed a certain personality in order to do this.
Just be yourself man! The people you meet is the best thing about travelling and you shouldn't travel with a book full of notes on how to travel and how to meet people. Just do it and you'll learn.
Cheers, Good luck!
One more piece of advice. Go somewhere and get a job in a restaurant. Its the best way to meet locals from that area and discover the true culture of the area. Its a whole different experience to work somewhere than it is to backpack. Both are equally as great but its all a learning experience.
Hey, just to chime in with most everyone else... Hostels, the kitchens in Hostels/other common areas in Hostels are a great spot to meet people.
I'm decidedly not a very outgoing person overall and still tend to meet loads of people in Hostels.
Good luck with it.
bring a frisbee, then ask anyone hanging out in a park on a nice day to play with you... takes some guts but is totally worth it... especially when kids come up beggin to get in on the game, it's an excellent way to make friends without having to go through small talk and all that.... get straight to the fun stuff, then you can decide where to go from there.
also works when there is a language barrier
OMG! Are you serious...?
You will meet people EVERYWHERE, the airport, on the plane, at the cafe, at the street corner, just everywhere...
If you are smiley and friendly/approachable...then people will talk to you. If you wander around plugged into a mp3 player with sunglasses on and avoid eye contact, then it's highly likely you won't meet anyone...
You're probably already on your way by now. But in case you're still concerned about meeting people - don't be. You'll meet more than enough people along your way to keep you in stories for the rest of your life.
If you still need some encouragement, read some good travel books. Mike Carter's 'Uneasy Rider' is a good one to start off with... oop, sorry if I'm not allowed to do that!
If you're alone in a hostel - or on a train, believe me - it won't be more than a few minutes before someone strikes up a chinwag with you.
Hello I'm James.
Ive just finsihed university, and have scapped together about a grand, now i want to travel before i get a morgage, career, etc. etc. if that ever happens.
The thing is i dont want to spend months tavelling europe not meeting anyone. Im not looking for love or anything corny like that. But are there bars, hotels, hostels etc where experienced travelers go often, and i'll be able to get a pint and hear a few stories about the places i could go next, etc.
Or is it just a case of i will meet people everywhere?
All you need is guts. You don't even need to travel far to meet people. But in case you want to, well then going on about meeting people is not that hard. You just have to practice the art of timing and sincerity.