- People from your own country
- People from the destination country
- People from other countries
Take a Class
Similar to tours there are other activities you can participate in to meet people. Cooking classes or yoga lessons come to mind. They have the added benefit of teaching you about local culture and customs while being social and meeting people from all over the world while sharing experiences.
Stay in an Airbnb
- You stay with a local host in their home (it’s free, so make sure to bring a thank you gift, and also maybe invite them to dinner or something to show you are thankful)
- Just hang out with other couchsurfers at your destination. There are official meetups everywhere in the world. But you can also tell the world that you want to hang out and might find someone new to meet at your destination.
Go to Where the Local Hang Out
This might be pubs, bars, restaurants, community centers. Of course to connect with locals in places like that you will have to be an extrovert, able to go up to people and start a conversation.
Find People to Travel with on Social Media
Stay in a Hostel
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Lena is the creator of the Social Travel Experiment. Planning her trip around the world took a lot of effort. To make it easier for future world travelers she has made it her mission to teach others how to have an unforgettable trip around the world, through short stays with locals, without wasting valuable time or money.