Solo travel can be daunting when it comes to making friends, but it’s often the most rewarding aspect. Liz Carlson, an American expat and seasoned traveler, shares her personal strategies for forming connections while on the road. Her advice includes being genuinely curious and asking questions, seeking out fun local events, staying longer in one place to build deeper relationships, embracing every opportunity that comes your way, and maintaining a relaxed demeanor when interacting with both locals and fellow travelers.
- Engage in genuine conversations with locals and other travelers by asking questions and expressing curiosity about their experiences and recommendations.
- Discover local hangouts and events beyond tourist attractions by exploring and participating in community activities.
- Establish connections by slowing down and spending more time in one location, allowing for repeated interactions with local residents.
- Adopt an open attitude by saying yes to various opportunities, which can lead to unexpected adventures and friendships.
- Approach interactions with a laid-back attitude, treating locals as individuals rather than sources of information, to foster more meaningful engagements.