3 Ways to Meet People While Traveling Solo

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Many people would describe me as an extrovert (someone who is outgoing ) but I’m actually an introverted (shy in nature) extrovert. As a result of my personality traits, traveling solo is my preferred traveling style. I have the option to meet with people or I can simply enjoy the tranquility of being with my own thoughts.

People often assume that if they travel solo they will be alone. It is actually quite the opposite. I know it sounds like an oxymoron but traveling solo allows you to meet other people. When I am by myself, I make a conscious effort to engage with those around me.

Traveling solo does not always mean you’re alone. Most often, you meet marvelous people along the way and make connections that last a lifetime. – Jacqueline Boone

3 Ways I met people while traveling solo in Colombia

  • Talk and make friends with people from your tours
  • Stay at a Hostel or sign up for couch surfing
  • Make sure you connect with people from FB travel groups

Guided Tours

In Bogota, I met Diana from Washington, D.C. who was traveling solo for work. We hung out together on the Salt Cathedral Tour and decided that we were both interested in visiting the Gold Museum after the tour was completed.

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In Cartagena, I booked the Real Cartegena Tour with Alex Rocha. After getting in the van I noticed 4 other passengers. I assumed they were traveling together but they were solo travelers who happened to book the same tour. I exchanged phone numbers with a young lady and we hung out several nights. We had dinner to celebrate both of our birthdays and listened to live salsa music at Cafe Havana.

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Tips: Most people book tours to see the city and meet other people. Talk with other people from tours and see if they have a similar interest in food or activities. Ask them how they plan to spend there evening or what other tours they may have planned?

Hostels

I love staying in Hostels and decided to stay at Bourbon St. Hostel located in the Walled City of Cartagena. I asked the front desk staff to recommend a great restaurant nearby. He informed me that they had a live band and a restaurant above the hostel. A group of travelers noticed that I was alone and offered to have dinner with me. They also extended the invite to go salsa dancing later in the evening.

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Tips: Most hostels have a schedule of activities where hostel mates can meet each other. Plan to attend at least one of the outings. Be open to striking up a conversation with new people. Conversation starters include: Asking them where they are from and how/why they started traveling?

Facebook Travel Groups

I got together with Nike and her friend who are apart of Nomadness Travel Tribe FB group. We met at a restaurant in Bogota called Harry Sasson. The food was delicious due to the various seasoning and spices. We bought individual plates of meat but shared side orders and such as rice, green beans, ribs, plantain, and sweet potatoes. I highly recommend this restaurant but is to be noted that you can get food much cheaper elsewhere.

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Although we didn’t intend to meet up, I ran into these same women in Guatape, Medellin and at the airport traveling to Cartagena.

I posted in Sisters Traveling Solo FB group and inquired about who would be traveling to Colombia during the holiday season. In Medellin, I had the opportunity to meet with Dominque and her 70-year-old father who were on there annual daddy-daughter trip. We had a delicious meal, dessert, and great conversation at La Abarroteria. I must admit I’m envious of there trip because I cannot get my father to travel internationally with me. Going to send up a prayer and keep my hands crossed that one day he will surprise me and book a plane ticket.

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I didn’t realize that there was a high concentration of Black Expats in Medellin. I was connected through a Facebook and Whatsapp called Black Expats in Colombia. I was invited to attend a reggae concert in the park, (which sounded more like Reggaton but was a cool outing). Several days later Expat Rob who recently opened Sweet Georgia Cafe, graciously opened up his home for us to eat and fellowship.

Meeting with Black Expats made me realize I could make my dream of living abroad a reality. I have always wondered how people manage fund there travels. Some people were teaching English in Colombia or online, sold property in the USA travel, started a business or others were simply on vacation. If I ever moved to Medellin I wouldn’t feel lonely because they are always getting together for various events and willing to share resources.

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Tips: Prior to traveling ask who lives in the city or who will be traveling on the same dates as you. Even if they may not be traveling solo, they are usually open to meeting with you.

“You never really travel alone. The world is full of friends waiting to get to know you!       -Unknown

31 Comments

    • I really enjoyed this trip! I was super nervous before going because it was my first real solo trip but im so glad I did it! If you are shy this is a great way to confront the shyness

  1. Hi Tiffany. Nice tips. I never thought about Facebook groups for travel meetups so will definitely check out the ones you suggested! I have a solo trip coming up soon. I spent 6 weeks in Bogota many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. 🤗

    • Thank you very much Nickesha for reading. Yes FB is the #1 I meet people and get suggestions from other travelers. Where is your next solo trip? I wish I could have spent 6 weeks in Colombia that would have been ideal.

    • Thanks Monique, I just wanted to write this blog for those afraid to travel because they think they wont meet people.

  2. Fb travel groups are great resources when it comes to meeting people- I agree with you! Also booking the same tour with someone else shows a kind of common interest I think. Thanks for your thoughts and safe travels!

    • Yes some people dislike FB for various reasons but I love it due to the connections I have been able to make previously and continue to make. Thank you for reading

  3. One of my goals is to go on vacation alone. I will definitely want to talk to people so saving these tips because I will need all the help I can get with this one.

    • Let me know if you have questions about traveling solo or need encouragement. I love solo traveling now

  4. Love your total transparency in this article. Traveling is the ultimate education where one learns what they don’t know

    • Thanks Leslie, I dont think people understand how much you learn when traveling and it so much of the world to explore

  5. Tiffany I just love watching your life!! And I could see you living abroad. You have the traveling solo thing figured out! Thanks for the tips. Not sure if I will ever get the guts to travel abroad solo, but if I do I have a nice starting point of ideas thanks to you.

    • Awe thank you so much! I wish I could live abroad, that is one of my goals. Hopefully one day I will make it happen! Let me know if you ever want to take that leap into solo traveling 🙂

    • Yes one of the best parts about traveling is making new friends but then I wish everyone lived closer so we could go out when Im back home. lol

  6. I love how you met up with several people. That’s a great way to build friendships with people with similar interests.

    • Yes I love that I can make friends all over the world and they can potentially become new travel buddies

  7. You are so brave to travel solo. I only travel on my own when attending conferences and it’s sometimes hard to connect with others.

    • Yes I have to travel solo, if not I probaly would never go. Is it difficult even with meet and greets scheduled when you arrive??

  8. These are some great tips for solo travel. I also think they are great if you’re traveling with a group and still want to meet other people.

    • Yes this can apply to solo and group travel but I find when groups travel they tend to stick among themselves

  9. I love this. So many people think that you can’t have fun while traveling alone. Bookmarking this to share.

  10. I always love hearing about your travels. Your so brave and that’s so exciting to me. These are great tips for meeting people while traveling. Of course you have to use discernment and caution when doing so too. These are great places to start though.

    • Yes that carazy part is im less catious when I travel but I cam still discern when something is not right! You have to follow your instincts 🙂

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