08 Mar How to meet people while travelling in Europe
The fear of travelling alone keeps many would-be wanderers anchored at home, dreaming of the world beyond their borders.
If Europe has been on your radar but your friends can never seem to coordinate their schedule with yours, it’s time to take the leap into solo travel before life commitments make this big trip impracticable.
Scared? Don’t be – there are many ways you can find a travel companion or meet people while you’re on the road.
Keep the following tips in mind and you won’t have to take in its most famous sights alone.
1) Match with a travel companion
Want to step out of your comfort zone but don’t feel like travelling solo? The Luxury Companion can match you up with a high-class businessman to join you and even sponsor your trip. Similarly if you’re a successful man who needs a beautiful woman on his arm, this service will pair you up with elite travel companions in Europe.
2) Hit the town
While it is not necessary to consume alcohol to be social, meeting people is easier in environments where everyone is having a great time. Europe has no shortage of homely drinking establishments where bonds are formed and intriguing conversations had, so heading out to one is a great place to meet fellow travellers and gorgeous local residents.
Start your night at a local pub, beer hall or bar, and then move on to the club afterwards. It may be hard to talk in a nightclub where the DJ is pumping out tunes full blast, but that’s fine – these establishments are more about body language and dancing anyhow.
If you are looking for a successful man or woman to strike up a conversation with, seek out the finest lounges in first-rate cities like Paris, London, and Barcelona. Reading up on etiquette beforehand, dressing well, and being yourself will get you the attention of open-minded patrons in due time.
3) Talk to the locals
Yes, we know it’s scary, but didn’t you hit the road to see what life was like on the other side of the world? Museums won’t give you the insight on a destination’s culture in the way having a five minute conversation with a local can. The worst that could happen – they look at you with a vacant stare and move on with their day.
Otherwise, many people across Europe relish the opportunity to speak with a foreigner – it gives them a window on what life is like outside their everyday existence, and in nations where English is not the mother tongue, it gives them the chance to practice their linguistic skills.
At the same time, it gives you the chance to learn a different language, and it doing so, you may gain a friend in a city far away from home.
4) Get a Soho House membership
Soho House have some of the hottest members-only venues around the world, including Soho House Barcelona, Soho House Berlin and Shoreditch House in London. These places are ideal for rubbing shoulders with celebrities and interesting people and if you splash out on the Every House membership, you’ll be able to visit Soho Houses all over the world.
5) Stay flexible with your plans
Want to meet travellers in Europe? Take your carefully planned itinerary and throw it in the rubbish bin. Don’t misunderstand us – it is good to have a general idea of what you want to see and do, but if you want to include others in your experiences, your plans need to be flexible. If a handsome tourist suddenly asks you if you’d like to go on a gondola ride in Venice, take them up on the offer!
Europe is a continent filled with romantic cities and quaint towns, so there are plenty of opportunities for finding romance along the way!