Hello forum - I'm new here. Just have a quick question and just hoping someone could help me out a bit.
I'm 22 and graduated uni and all that jazz. I now work online making an autopilot income from website advertising. I love the work but the lack of a social workplace is getting to me. I'm becoming a little too shy and quiet for my liking. I was hoping to travel Europe by train for as long as money holds out (should be a few months) so I can see a bit of the world and break my comfort zone.
I've heard both extremes from it's easy to meet people to nobody will ever want to talk.
I might have become fairly quiet but I'm making the concious effort to meet people and I'm a nice enough guy. I would absolutely love to meet people and travel around with them.
And if this is common/possible would anyone mind suggesting good places to meet people?
I've been warned against trying to meet people at train stations, hostels and on the train for safety reasons - but this seemed to me like the most obvious ones.
Thanks in advance for any help.
Firstly, when it comes to safety, I believe females be-friending with fellow travellers are at higher risk as compared to the males. Nevertheless, so long as you have your wit and common sense with you, I believe everything should be fine. For example, not excepting drinks from friends you just made during your travel journey.
Paranoid as it might sound, but who knows what has been added inside and moreover, you just got to know this person. But then again, it apply more towards ladies.
Pubs, backpacker hostels, bus and train rides would be a good place to make new friends. You are bound to meet people who are complete weirdos or who cant be bothered to talk to you. Just ignore them and take it as a whole new experience.
So I suggest you break out of your comfort zone and hit the road alone. Make friends along the way and discover a new world! =)
[ Edit: Edited on 26-Aug-2010, at 04:04 by sky90 ]
I've found that taking a city tour or some other group activity is a great way to meet people. You are all doing something together and it's a natural conversation starter. I've also had great luck wearing a t-shirt that says where I'm from or where I went to school. Can't tell you how many people I ran into from my state or general area or just people with questions but it gave people something to initiate a conversation with me. Of course, this may work better for women than men I also think hostels are great for meeting people because they usually have gathering areas to hang out with the other guests. Just do your best to appear approachable and safe and you'll meet plenty of people!
Long journey on a foreign train. Works for me every time - I'm chatting within the hour.
Thank's for the helpful replies.
On a related note - If I'm planning to leave jan/feb am I still going to run in to people? It's not exactly holiday season. :/
Long distance trains in Eastern Europe are packed all year round. Seasons don't exist, as far as holidays go. Whether it's mid-summer or mid-winter, the trains will be busy. They're great fun in the winter. The heating on the older trains can so often be dodgy - boiling for 20 minutes, then -10c 1/2 an hour later. It doesn't matter though. There's always someone selling hot drinks on the station at a 10 minute schedule stop - and there'll be plenty of them en-route.
You'll love it.
Travel in the poorer parts of Europe and go second or third class - works every time. Even better - SE Asia.
I have met wonderful people in youth hostels. At 22, there will be tons of people your age. And, honestly, it really is easy to meet people. Talk to the people in your dorm, and stay up late going to pubs or chilling in the lounge. Sometimes you'll run into some total wierdos, like others have said, but they turn into great conversation starters when you run into normal people! If you have grown shy, it may take a bit to break the ice, but once the ice is broken, it's for sure broken.
my friends (2 blokes) have started travelling in India and they said that they have met so many people.
its all about how you appear to people, if your quiet and look and give off a disconnected vibe then people will prob stay away as they dont want get involved.
most travellers are nice and friendly which you just have to be and get in conversations and just be an 'equal' and not too much an individual
I have been travelling solo for over 10 years, and while it is generally easy to find people to chat with there are times when you are lonely. Especially during winter time when you are in a small hostel and when the rest of the guests are all travelling in groups you might be the only one sitting in the lounge hoping for some company. It is rare, but it has happened to me a few times.
It can also be difficult to meet people that are willing to hang out with you beyond a beer at a bar, people who are willing to go to a sight with you or so on the next day. So while it is easy to find people to chat with it it is not easy to make real friends. Your best chances are if you are staying in one hostel for longer and if the time you are there overlaps with several other single travellers staying there. This is of course totally unpredictable.
So yes it is easy to make contact, but don't expect too much.