Thinking of travelling solo but worried about being lonely? It was a big worry of mine before I went on my first trip. One sure fire way of meeting people when travelling I have found is through my hobbies. Keep reading to find out how your hobbies can help you make friends when travelling.
Pros and Cons of Solo Travel
Travelling solo has its pros and cons. As much as I love to travel alone, I also love to make new friends and connecting with like-minded people. I’ve always been an active person with lots of hobbies, especially dance. Through dance training and work, I’ve made friends all over the world. One thing I have learnt is that it’s so much easier to connect with new people when you have common ground and even easier when you can slip right into a whole community of people who share your interest.
This became really clear to me after I started doing CrossFit. Yes I know I know it is a bit of a cult and people do get obsessed with it. I hold my hands up, I was one of them. BUT I was also able to travel around the world, walk into any CrossFit box and be greeted with a warm smile and the offer of friendship. I’ve been invited shopping or for coffee after class, I’ve been invited on nights out, I’ve been given Tshirts to keep and best of all I’ve
I’ve been invited shopping or for coffee after class, I’ve been invited on nights out, I’ve been given Tshirts to keep and best of all I’ve been able to hang out and chat with new people.
I do CrossFit anymore, but I have found a similar thing with Yoga, dance and running. So I truly believe this goes for pretty much any hobby you might have at that time.
Why it works
I suppose it accelerates the friendship building process! You have something to talk about, something to bring you together and it makes it really easy to build on that foundation.
So if you are travelling solo and feeling a bit lonely, head to a dance or yoga class…or drop into a CrossFit box if you are feeling really brave! Or if fitness isn’t your thing what communities did you belong to back home? Wherever you are in the world I bet you can find a community of like-minded people there too.