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5 Tips to Make Friends Abroad

Solo vacationer on a budget? We’ve got you covered. Making long-lasting connections is one of the biggest highlights to everyone’s travels, but it’s not always that easy! Here are five tips and tricks to help you when travelling abroad.

Tip 1: Practice makes perfect


You don’t need to speak the local lingo to make friends when travelling, but it can certainly help! Having a translation app on your phone would be a quick help or you could take the plunge, if you plan to stay in one country for a longer period of time, and make the effort to learn a new language. You’ll find many options available and have fun while doing it! Here are a few interesting phrases to set you on your way!

Tip 2: Submerge yourself in culture

What you see isn’t always what you get… But you can GetYourGuide and enjoy access to 30,000 activities and attractions across 7,400 destinations worldwide, from tickets for museums, art galleries to city cards and much more. Don’t forget Hostelling International members can save 5% on GetYourGuide!

Tip 3: Share your passion
Reykjavík Loft HI Hostel, Iceland

You may be surprised to learn that you’re not the only one! Learn a new skill, share your passion, teach others or volunteer in one of our sustainable hostels. There are also scholarships available that allow you to travel the world. Check out some possibilities with HI USA then visit our network of hostels to discover other options worldwide!

Tip 4: Utilise the universal language… Food!

Food is the way to everyone’s heart! Explore independent restaurants, take a local cooking lesson or share some of your favourite food and help someone else discover something new.

Tip 5: Meet like-minded people locally
Melbourne, Australia

If for some reason you cannot travel very far, there are always opportunities where you can meet people from around the world. Activities like summer camps or student organisations can help young people connect with others and discover new things on a daily basis! The best and easiest route, of course, is staying in hostels as everyone is there for the same reason, enjoy!!!!!

Edited by Amanda Fotheringham 13/07/23

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