Friday, April 13

The art of making friends on long-term travels

When you go abroad for a long time it can be tough to be away from your loved ones, which is why it is so important to make friends while you are away.

Naturally, there will be times when you want to be on your own - part of the joy of travelling is having the chance to learn more about yourself and about how you see the world, which is often done while alone. However, once you have had a contemplative moment or an incredible solo experience, chances are you will want to share it with someone; this is just human nature.

If you have a chum overseas you will also be able to discuss any responsibilities you might have while away, such as renewing holiday visas or checking the terms of your backpackers travel insurance.

So how do you go about making a few friends? Well, there is of course no formula to guarantee meeting a new soul-mate, but there are a few things to bear in mind if you want to look open to friendship.

One of the most important concepts to remember is that you should be open to new experiences; when you are abroad people will tend to align themselves with others that want to do interesting or fun things, so do not give the impression of being closed or negative.
An obvious recommendation is to be nice, but you should temper this politeness with a spark of mischief; you are not at a business meeting, most people you meet at hostels or camps will be up for a good time and a little lively debate is much more memorable and engaging than characterless cordiality.

Finally, be understanding of different cultures and age groups. Someone who initially seems distant or rude may simply have a different manner to you, so give them a chance to show their good side. However, if someone you meet continues to act bizarrely or negatively then do not be afraid of saying goodbye to them - there are plenty more fish in the sea who might be more pleasant companions.

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