So, the ultimate irony of solo travel is that you don't always want to be alone. Sure, part of the fun is to actually be by yourself, but as most solitary travelers will tell you, it’s also about meeting new people, hanging out, and then parting ways before your new "friends" drive you crazy.
And here are a few great ways to make those new friends:
CouchSurf. Because even if you don’t intend to actually spend the night on a stranger’s couch, it’s a solid tool for finding get-togethers and English-speaking locals who actively want to meet visitors and show them around. Plenty of other friendly travelers use the service, too.
Rent a room from a local with AirBnB, camp in someone’s backyard, or eat a meal with a few other travelers in somebody's home using EatWith.
Stay in a social place. Whether it’s a hostel, a guesthouse, a resort that caters to solo vacationers (more on that below), or a cruise ship, pick something that attracts other individual travelers, too.
Here are our recommendations for the best hostels in Europe, the United States, and everywhere, assuming you like to party.
Use online forums to meet others, from meetup.com to destination-specific Facebook groups, or even by posting to your own Facebook wall openly asking others if they have friends or know people in the place you plan to visit. You'll be surprised by how small the world is and how much they might offer by way of introductions.
Why not use Tinder to meet people when you travel? Yeah, we know it’s a dating/casual sex app, but lots of travelers actually use it as a way to meet locals. Just be upfront about what you’re looking for before you grab a drink.
And if, perchance, you do meet somebody you really like on your trip, here's our guide to turning your vacation fling into a legit relationship.
But wait, we're not done. For even more helpful tips to meeting people, being safe, and getting the most out of your for-one vacation, you're going to want to click here.