Solo travelling does not mean that you will be alone all the time. Actually you will meet more people than you expected if you follow some steps. You will be surprised how fast you can connect with strangers while travelling. You may be socially introvert, but if you change your activities slightly, you will notice that the opportunities to find fellow travel buddy are endless. Always remind to yourself that no one is judging you and no one knows you when you are in a new city. So nothing to be embarrassed even if you do something silly. Remember that the people you meet while travelling make the whole travelling experience more rewarding. Read the following tips to help you meet awesome people on the way!

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7 ways to find a travel buddy

1.) Stay in a hostel

I know it is not comfortable all the time to stay in a hostel with a bunch of strangers. But do it at least for few nights when you feel to meet more like-minded travel mates. There is no way that you can miss the other travellers while in a hostel. They have bars, events and communal areas to meet and interact with them, so you will make some friends in no time. What is hard in a hostel is to avoid other fellow travellers.

2.) Join group day tours

All the cities have day tours organised by locals or companies, sometimes by walking, ferry, bus or even cycle tours. It is a great way to see the attractions as well as meet other people in the same boat. There are many online resources to find day tours in every city. Or if you stay in a hostel, you will see many brochures about day tours. Some day tours have team activities such as dancing, cooking etc so definitely you will meet so many other travel buddies.

3.) Stay with a local

Use Airbnb to find a local host to stay with. Then you can get good knowledge about the local area from your host. Also it is a great way to get to know the host and make long-lasting connections. Instead of staying in a hotel and trying to figure out the local attractions by yourself, why don’t you stay with a local and absorb all his local knowledge.

4.) Use some apps to find a travel buddy

If you are not very going person, it is always easy to start with an online app. So you can easily browse through the profiles matching with your travel plans and your personality. Not only it will save time, but also you will be more confident to meet them face-to-face as you already know some information about them. App like Couchsurfing has hangout option to find other travellers. Trevolin is an app to find other like-minded travel mates. It is easy to find other travellers with same travel plans.

5.) Flexible travel plans

It is good to have a rough plan of your travel, but it is hard when you have very strict plans. Sometimes you meet the right person or a group to hangout more and explore bit more. You will never know if you meet a similar person again, so it is better to take the chance and hangout with them bit more. You will not be able to do so if you have very strict travel plans.

6.) Beach and fun parties, night Salsa dancing

Beaches are awesome place to meet other travel mates and it is hard to avoid beaches. If you are in a beach, already your mind is relaxed and make it easy to talk with strangers. Most of the beach parties are full of chilled people of different ages. So it is a great place to mingle with them and do some fun activity in the beach or just a good chat. Also social dancing in the night is a great way to meet a travel buddy. You can easily find a place to dance Salsa. Use Facebook or other social media to find dancing events in your current city.

7.) Ride sharing with travel mates

This is a totally new way of meeting people. Use Uber and uber sharing. Firstly, the Uber drivers are great local guides. You can get good tips of where to go, what to see etc. Also if you share the Uber with other passengers, there is high chance that you will meet some other travel mates. Sometimes you rent your own car to explore an island which has poor public transport. Then you will see a lot of other travellers who are hitchhiking. Give them a ride and talk along the way.

It is not the end

Finally, think positively! If you are on a solo travel, you are already strong and awesome person. That is enough to go out with other travellers. Try some of the methods above in your next travel. Some of them might work and you will find the perfect travel buddy for you, but if not, don’t be disappointed. Some travellers can be very tired and not receptive when you start conversation. That is totally fine. Trust yourself, go solo and meet awesome like-minded travel mates.

Visiting Crete was one of my dream and I worked hard for that dream come true 🙂
I wanted go solo and find travellers while I am there, as it is a popular travel destination..

Greece is one of the most magical countries. On the Mediterranean Sea, the people and the vibe of Greece are warm, welcoming, and relaxed.

Crete is the largest island in Greece and 88th largest island in the world, over 3,200sq. miles.I spent one week in Crete, Greece, and recharged my body with sunshine for the coming winter season.Crete embodies perfectly what makes Greece such a beautiful country. It bursts with amazing beaches, crystal clear waters, magnificent mountains, buzzing cites, archaeological sites, and picturesque villages. Moreover, Crete is located in the far south of Greece and marks the borders between the Aegean and the Libyan Sea. Thus it is a perfect location for late beach vacations.

When I arrived on Crete, I was lucky enough to see and stay with a friend I met few years ago online. His mother is originally from the island so she has spent all of her life in Crete (and few months in main island, Greece).We had 9 days on the island, so we rented a car and set out to see as many of the beautiful towns and beaches as we could on south and west of Crete.We started in Heraklion as I landed there airport, the capital and largest city of the island. Heraklion is a lively port city filled with sights including famed Knossos (the Minoan palace, Europe’s oldest city), museums, restaurants, bars and hotels.I also strongly recommend you go and visit the archaeological museum in Heraklion. You will be blown off your feet when you see how many artifacts have been found all over Crete.

Then we set off to Matala, a small village about 1.5 hours drive.Matala beach is located 68km southwest of Heraklion, between the plain of Messara and Asterousia Mountains. It is one of the most popular destinations of Crete and certainly the most famous beach of Heraklion. It has become known from the caves in the rocks and the hippies of the 70s. It is located near Phaistos, the second most important palace of the Minoans.
You can come in Matala beach by taking the road to Mires and then follow the signs. You could also combine your visit to Matala with a visit to Phaistos. There are also regular buses from Heraklion.The most characteristic feature of the area, are the many caves carved in soft white stone thousands of years ago and located in the northwest of the beach. There are also several caves underwater.It is considered as certain that the caves of Matala beach were tombs of Roman and Christian Period. In these caves of Matala beach in Crete, the hippies found their paradise in the 60s and 70s. Thousands of them were gathered to express their ideas freely, to enjoy love and create.The caves were on high sedimentary cliffs, sandstone, a lot of seashells in it. The caves were carved out by the Minoans hundreds of years ago. Then they were used later on for leper caves. Then after that the Romans came, and they used them for burial crypts. Then some of them were filled in and sealed up for a long time. People began living there, beatniks, in the fifties.Kids gradually dug out more rooms. There were some people there who were wearing human teeth necklaces around their necks.

After 3 days in Matala, we left to Plakias, which is another 2-3 hours drive to south. Plakias is a coastal settlement at the southern Crete, 40 km south of Rethymno, with 237 permanent residents, built at the cove of the bay of the same name on a wonderful sandy beach, 1300 m long, between the capes Stavros and Kako Mouri, that is ideal for swimming and sea sports.Wonderful to relax a few days in the sun after a long hike into the White Mountains of the Cretan highlands. The town has a unique feel and it has a beautiful surrounding countryside with fine walks and gorges.Both the seafood restaurants and the backstreets small family restaurants offer a fine selection of the most amazing Cretan foods.

After 4 days in Matala, we left to Preveli for the rest of my time in Crete.One of the most beautiful places on Crete, Preveli Beach, is located on the south coast of the island, not far away from the city of Rethymnon. This place is famous for its natural palm forest. When you are in Preveli beach you have the perception that you are transferred from Europe to some distant place in Africa or South America. Just imagine the palm trees and the the green river. Add to this, the great Preveli canyon with it’s river and the surrounding mountains and you will feel lucky if you enjoy this little adventure.

I left Crete with a solid plan to come back again next year! Three weeks might not even be enough to see everything!