Solo travel is growing more popular every year, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to connect with other, like-minded people. There is so much to be learned by having a quick conversation with a reader on the bus, but for an even better experience, try having a late-night secret-sharing session with your new friend from the Himalayas. By travelling with strangers, you’ll make memories you can tell your grandkids and make friends they might even get to meet.
“Most travel, and certainly the rewarding kind, involves depending on the kindness of strangers, putting yourself into the hands of people you don’t know and trusting them with your life.” – Paul Therox
Here’s why travelling with strangers can make your trip abroad so much better!
1. Combining your strengths
You’ll have a blast swapping travel tip, sharing staycation secrets, and taking photos of each other (for the Instagram feed, of course). And if, say, you’re in Gujarat and your new friends there really have to pee, you’ll finally be able to whip out your rusty high-school Gujarati and help them out.
2. Good company of Travelling With Strangers
When traveling with strangers, you’ll be able to decide if you want to be alone or if you want to socialize unlike traveling with family, who tend to smother you! You can hop on a stranger’s couch and start chatting with them about the awesome food you tried last week, or retreat to the quiet of your room when you’ve had enough. And if you simply love, love, love meeting new people and talking about life, you’ll never get bored.
3. Building your network
When traveling, you’re almost guaranteed to meet other open-minded, friendly, and adventurous people who will accept you for who you are. Who knows, maybe you can even invite them along on your next big adventure.
4. Establishing flexibility
When you’re sharing a tiny hostel room with five people with whom you’ve never slept before, you’re bound to deal with some pretty weird people. By learning to accommodate other peoples’ differences, you’ll open your eyes to the fact that differences aren’t necessarily bad. Other people have different ways of doing things, but those ways are just as ours.
5. A very different encounter
A person raised by parents in a small Indian town will have a different understanding of the world compared to someone who lived all by themselves. The more you hear about other people and their life stories, the wider your scope will be. It helps develop understanding and compassion. Talking to someone older might help you understand your parents or family better, and talking to someone younger could lead to a perspective you never considered.
So there you have it, five good reasons why you should travel with complete strangers. But remember they are strangers, so you should still take a few simple precautions to enhance your safety. If you are going off the beaten track with strangers, let family know where you are going.
“Humans are intrinsically social beings, meaning that meeting new people and exploring new places is hardwired into us “
Small Steps to Successful Travelling with Strangers
- Plan and Research Together: Before embarking on your adventure, collaborate with your newfound travel companions to plan your trip. Share ideas, preferences, and must-visit destinations. This collaborative approach fosters a sense of unity and ensures everyone’s interests are considered.
- Establish Clear Communication: Effective communication is the cornerstone of any successful group travel experience. Set up a group chat or communication platform to keep everyone in the loop regarding schedules, activities, and important updates. Make sure everyone has access and understands how to use it.
- Respect Personal Space and Boundaries: While traveling together, respect each other’s personal space and boundaries. Everyone has different comfort levels and needs. Understanding and accommodating these differences will lead to a more harmonious journey.
- Share Expenses Fairly: Money can be a sensitive topic, so discuss and agree upon a fair and transparent way to split expenses. Whether it’s accommodation, meals, or transportation costs, a clear financial plan will reduce potential conflicts.
- Foster Openness and Flexibility: Travel plans can change unexpectedly, so cultivate an open and flexible mindset. Embrace spontaneity and be willing to adapt to new opportunities or challenges that may arise during the trip.
- Stay Safe Together: Safety should be a top priority when traveling with strangers. Share emergency contact information, establish a buddy system, and discuss safety protocols. Always look out for each other and trust your instincts.
- Document Your Journey: Capture the moments and memories by documenting your journey through photos, videos, or a travel journal. Sharing these experiences can create lasting bonds and serve as a wonderful memento of your time together.
Let’s go Travelling with strangers
Travelling with strangers can be an exciting and rewarding adventure when approached with care, communication, and respect. By taking these small steps, you’ll be well-prepared to embark on a memorable journey, creating lasting friendships and unforgettable experiences along the way. Safe travels!
A Travel Psychologist comes in handy when trying to orient yourself in a new place, not to mention, to understand the people and certain cultural norms that they follow in order for you to establish rapport faster than ever!