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Many people are afraid that they are going to feel lonely when they decide to travel alone. This is a serious barrier to making the decision to live an experience abroad.

However, traveling, even alone, brings so much on the cultural and professional level and allows you to meet people from all over the world. You just have to get over the fear of loneliness which is only temporary because you always end up meeting people and making new friends.

Besides, think about it, it will be the perfect opportunity to refocus on yourself in the beginning and to cultivate a sense of freedom. You’ll be the one to decide what you want to do, when you want to do it and where you want to go. It’s also a time for you to think about what you want in your life without being influenced by the people around you on a daily basis.

So here are some tips that will show you that loneliness can be easily overcome during an experience abroad:

Stay in a dynamic place

Hotels and Airbnb apartments are nice when you want some alone time and privacy, but they are not the most convenient accommodation options for meeting people.

Instead, think about other possibilities like hostels! If you don’t like sharing a dormitory, that’s not a problem either, as you can opt for a single room in these
hostels. Plus, they usually have a common area where you can meet people from all over the world, and many people who stay there are traveling long-term and want to meet other people as well.

Although most people at hostels are under 30, you will find that you will meet people of all ages and everyone has interesting stories to tell, as most have traveled extensively.

If you don’t want to stay in hostels, look for accommodations with common areas where you can meet people, there are plenty to choose from.

Organized Day Trips

It’s fun to explore the area where you’re staying on your own. Take a public bus or rent a motorcycle and go exploring!

Taking an organized day trip from time to time can also be an interesting experience. Some places are hard to find, and with a tour you usually visit several places in one day. Moreover, it is a great way to meet other people. You’ll make friends in a day and they’ll definitely become your tour partners!

Hang out whenever you can

Go to a bar and have a drink whenever you can. Even if sometimes you just want to stay at home and watch a good Netflix film, you have to force yourself a little bit because this is the best way to have a great time and meet other people.

Furthermore, it depends a little bit on the bar, but many places have bars where, for example, a lot of travelers and expats go. And sometimes bars have special nights around a special theme or topic, where you will enjoy music groups playing or just experience a warm and comforting atmosphere. Do some research on your destination and the nightlife and you’ll find that it will be beneficial in fighting loneliness.

Do some volunteer work

When you’re staying somewhere for a few weeks or even months, volunteering is a good way to feel useful if you’re feeling a bit under the weather but also to meet other people at the same time. Perhaps there is an expatriate group that is organizing an event that you can participate in. A school, community project or animal shelter? Or maybe there is a volunteer organization where you can help out.

Have a positive attitude

This doesn’t mean you have to say yes to every request you get, but it does mean you have to have an open mind and a positive attitude toward new people and adventure.

Try to respond to outing opportunities that you are given, even if it seems a little boring or too adventurous for you. In most cases you will surely be pleasantly surprised or end up having a wonderful experience!

Social media

Although, of course, it is not recommended to stay on your smartphone all day, social media is a good way to meet other people as well. Facebook, for example, offers various groups, whether it’s a travel group or a location group. There you can ask questions or find fellow travelers. Plus, there are some great apps for  meeting people, Couchsurfing being one of them. It’s a great way to meet local people and make genuine friends.

Furthermore, the Tinder application, as amazing as it may sound, is not only used as a dating application, but also when traveling as a way to meet other people. And who knows, maybe you’ll find the love of your life in one fell swoop!

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