How your hobbies can help you make friends when travelling

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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.

CrossFit

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.

Other hobbies

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.

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.

 

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9 Replies to “How your hobbies can help you make friends when travelling”

  1. I agree that if you have hobbies and still pursue them while traveling you can meet more like minded people! When we seek out sunrise photos there are usually not many people awake or out and about other than a few locals and other photographers. My husband has made a few friends this way!

  2. This is such a good point! I don’t often stop into local classes while I’m traveling, but maybe I should. I always go to CouchSurfing events, but maybe I’ll have to see what else is happening.

  3. Yes, I go scuba diving by myself. I never know who is going to be my Dive Buddy. I also tend to meet cool people at local dive bars and hole in the wall restaurants.

  4. It is great to think that a hobby can lead to friends being made the world over. Often when travelling, even as a couple, you want to mix with different people and this seems like the perfect way to do it – after all you are also staying fit at the same time. Win-Win. 🙂

  5. This is such a good piece of advice! Will definitely keep this in mind on my next solo trip.

  6. I definitely found that my fondest moments while traveling solo were when I met people and made new friendships or just made friends for a short meal or event while on the road. Nothing was nearly as fun when I couldn’t lean over and say, “dude, did you see that?!” or some such other acknowledgement. Signing up for classes or tours is a great way to meet people for sure.

  7. This is 100% truth!
    Or go jogging to a place where locals go jogging. People who jog always smile to each other!
    Happy New Year!

  8. Absolutely agree with you Claire! When I first go to Saigon, my love of reading led me to a book club, which has then helped me to establish my friendship base here. It’s been so wonderful having people with common interests from the get-go!

  9. This is so true! Yes my hobbies have helped me make friends while traveling.. in fact, I even met my husband this way while traveling 😉

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