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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 spot...

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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 coff...

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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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Do Your Research

In deciding where you want to work, consider the kind of experience you’d like to have:

  • Is there a region of the world you've always wanted to explore?
  • What kind of day...

Visiting vs. Living in a new place

Try visit the place you're interested in moving to if it's feasible. Because working in a country or city is not the same as vacationing there. 

While hitting the tourist hot spots is great, try to explore neighborhoods where the locals live, visit grocery stores, and sit in restaurants. Then you can do one better and speak to other expats who live there to get a sense of what day-to-day life is like.

Move for the Company, Not Just the Place

As tempting as it is to move to a beautiful place for the location and lifestyle, don’t do it at the cost of your career. There’s nothing worse than moving to a country for a job you end up hating, especially if your legal status depends on an employer-sponsored visa.

Be proactive about researching the reputation of any company you’re considering. 

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