There are too many benefits to solo travelling to count, but sometimes journeying alone doesn’t cut it anymore. Looking for a travel buddy (and finding him) to experience the world with, even for a little while, is certainly preferable to the bouts of loneliness that sometimes beset even the most hardened solo adventurers. But where to find the right person to share your adventures with? Let’s find out!
Your vicinity is always the place to start when looking for a travel buddy
Your best mates are always the best option – whom can you rely on if not them, right? Though, coming to think of it, though they may otherwise be the pillars to lean on if you’re at a low point in your life, with regards to travelling, their qualities may be lacking. There may be a difference between a “best mate” and a “best travelling mate”. Nevertheless, perhaps the two converge. If you feel this is the case, try to persuade them to join you on your trip. Otherwise you may broaden your search to include other friends, family, good acquaintances or colleagues from work. If everything else fails, internet is your friend…
If it exists, it can be found on the internet
This includes travel buddies. Luckily for you, there are countless online havens where people you might be interested in converge. You can try for example:
- Facebook – Or other social media. Probably the first logical step in the direction of finding your travel buddy. Networking there is easy and intuitive, and you’ll finds countless groups devoted to travelling that you can join and get to know the people there.
- Forums – Not always effective, but a rare gem here and there is certain to be found there. If nothing else, forums will be teeming with tips and tricks for other travellers
- Travel buddy finders and apps – Always a safe bet. Most of these are managed and administrated to filter out scammers, spammers and people with side intentions. You can browse through thousands of travellers, look at the trips they have to offer and join in. Or set your own trip and wait for people to join you – or send out invitations outright.
- Organised tours. Of course, the magic of exploring on your own isn’t there, but who’s to say that you can’t find a decent buddy to go on a next tour together there?
Maybe try your luck on your own after all and hope for the best
No luck on the internet? Impossible! You didn’t search hard enough – but we understand that you don’t have time to choose between thousands of people and carefully screening every one that might suit you. So, by all means, venture out there alone. It’s not the end of the world, in fact, the popularity of going solo is growing. There are still options to find people to team up with while you’re on the road. For example:
- Staying in hostels. There’s no better place to chance upon likeminded travellers than hostels. The communal spirit and vibe of hostels as opposed to hotels is a fertile ground for striking up conversations, during which you may find out that you share a common destination or just “click” together well. If that’s the case, you might consider going on together.
- Volunteering or work & travel. Many wonderful bonds can be forged while working together. When it’s time to move on, someone may join you!If you’re working remotely, using co-working spaces together with other “nomads” may prove fruitful as well.
- Mingling with the locals. What else do we have to say? They know the ins and outs, and are sure to point you in the right direction. Or even accompany you!
We hope this non-exhaustive list of possibilities helped you a bit! Perhaps you have your own method how to fish for suitable travelling companions. If so – out with them! There are others who are eager to learn more. Share your experiences with us in the comments below!