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5 Surefire Ways to Make Friends While Traveling

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5 Surefire Ways to Make Friends While Traveling
For many, the idea of traveling the world solo is both thrilling and intimidating. And if you're like me, one of the scariest things is making friends and connecting with locals. Talking to a total stranger in a totally new place, perhaps even in a language that isn't English?

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Thrilling and intimidating

One of the most intimidating things when traveling is making friends and connecting with locals.

But this one hard part about adventuring alone is also the most rewarding.

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Ask Questions

The more curious you are, the more people you'll meet. Mostly this involves asking a lot of questions.

Try it. The worst that could happen - someone doesn’t reply and stares at you.

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Follow the Fun

When you get to a new place, ask yourself: "If I lived here, where would I go?" Look for cool events, gigs, and shows. 

It’s a great way to get away from all the tourist spots and into the cool neighborhoods where the locals actually hang out.

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Take Your Time

One of the best ways to make friends with locals is simply to slow down. It’s hard to truly get to know anyone if you’re in a new place every night.

If you're buying your morning coffee at the same café, you can’t help but build connections.

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Say Yes to Opportunities

When searching for friends, say yes to invitations, whether it's an adventure in the mountains or simply hanging out by the lake.

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