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1. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

You are at the communal area in a foreign hostel with your friends and fellow travellers drinking and trading travel tales. Amid the carousing, steps in a solo traveller with his 80litre backpack. He smiles at everyone who meets his eyes but doesn't speak. You take a quick toe-to-head glance and it's obvious this person comes from a place that is culturally different from you. Before u had the chance to small-talk with him, he goes to his single room and is not seen again for the night.
The next morning, u see him at the table eating cereals and bread while at the same time reading the local map upside-down.

A) Do u try to speak with him and see if he needs any help in navigating the city?

B) Gives a weak smile and leave him alone since u suspect the two of u don't speak a common language.

C)Pretend he's invisible and go about doing your own stuff, praying that at this time he doesn't come up to you.

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

If I'm travelling, I don't think I'd give this one person so much throught. Solo travellers choose to travel alone for a reason - if they need something, they'll ask. I don't think they're waiting for or expecting other people to tend to them. Maybe I'm missing the point...?

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

a) defintitely because I would hope that ppl would talk to me if I was travelling solo

4. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

approach them with a ''hi,. how are you?'' and depending on response take it from there......

5. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Would a solo traveller with an 80 litre backpack from a place that is culturally different from you, really smile ... especially when you've just given him a quick toe-to-head glance ?

6. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

if they want to be friendly then yes why not ?

7. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Jared

You are at the communal area in a foreign hostel with your friends and fellow travellers drinking and trading travel tales.

Your new man might be inclined to think , " Great ! Am I going to get any sleep here tonight?" (He's possibly had a hell journey getting there).

8. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

if he didn't want to talk or communicate then he/ she would have gone straight to bed

9. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

I don't think they're waiting for or expecting other people to tend to them. Maybe I'm missing the point...?

Maybe I'm also missing the point ...

10. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 11y

Quoting Raven

approach them with a ''hi,. how are you?'' and depending on response take it from there......

Well done Raven, i like this! Helps the other side of solo travelling e.g. When ur on ur own in a foreign country, dont know the language and not even a native asks about ya!