Traveling alone is less safe and emotionally comfortable than traveling together with family or friends. So most people travel in couples or groups. It is safe, fun, and you all can help each other when needed. However, traveling in groups usually prevents travelers to meet locals and communicate with them. This means that the foreigners fail to comprehend the most important part of the new culture – the people living in the country and creating this culture every day.

So, even if you are not an outie, and you prefer to order food online and meet your dates on hookup dating sites to avoid meeting strangers on the street, you still need to consider meeting locals when traveling. This will give you the possibility to speak a new language (at least a bit), to know more about the city and find its unique places, to learn more about local food and drinks (and also to learn what NOT to eat). Of course, you are not expected to make friends with some suspicious guys on the night street, but if you meet some adequate locals, you should try to be friendly with them and ask them questions. Most people are fond of telling foreigners about the beauties and attractions of their place.

Meeting Other Travelers

Meeting other travelers can turn out to be as exciting and useful as meeting locals. In fact, even more useful. Firstly, not every country has a mentality similar to the one you are used to. So, in some countries, it is just impossible to talk and make friends with locals. This is true, for example, for Muslim countries. On the other hand, it can become lonely on the trip, especially if you are alone or even in a couple. In this case, it is better to meet other travelers and communicate with them.

It may happen that the travelers you meet are more experienced tourists than you. This is a golden chance to know more about the city and country you are in, to find out routes and transport, to ask questions about other places of destination, and to get advice no one else would have been able to give you. For example, experienced travelers may warn you to avoid certain regions of the city or the country, or not to eat in specific places, or avoid specific foods altogether. In other words, meeting an experienced traveler who is ready to share their knowledge is a huge luck.

Sometimes, if stars align the right way, you can meet a local or another traveler that will become your friend for a lifetime. You will be able to visit this country again and meet your friend, and also invite your friend to visit your place and see all the attractions of it. If you are both travelers, you can go for a trip together, which is also good if you do not have a lot of friends who are ready to travel with you on a regular basis. So, meeting people while traveling is cool.

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