I love meeting other people when I’m on the road. It doesn’t matter if it’s just for a few minutes or making a new friend that I still keep in touch with even once we’ve went our separate ways, meeting new people is one of my favourite parts of travelling. Plus, you know, I’m awesome so it’s good to spread my good times as far and wide as I can. Why be greedy?
Sometimes it can be hard to meet people – maybe you’re new to a place and don’t know where to start or you’ve been there a long time and feel awkward around others. I feel for you! So I’ve come up with a few suggestions as to where you can meet other awesome people just like you. Just be sure to be kind, open minded and willing to put yourself out there and you’ll have no problems at all.
Oh, and make sure you bathe…
Concerts – Hands down one of the easiest places to meet great people who you already know have similar interests as you. When I say concerts, I don’t mean stroll up to someone while the band is playing and start asking about their life. That would make you a tool – a giant tool. No, instead strike up conversation with casual chit chat while you’re waiting in line to get in. I did this a few times independent from the friends I was with (who were being douches at the time… and even now) and I made friends that I still keep in contact with years later. It’s even easier when you’re a non-asian in Asia at a western concert because you’re probably in the minority when it comes to attendees. Everyone is looking for a way to pass the time – why not make a new friend?
Exhibitions – Depending on the country you’re in, there are likely to be trade-shows or art exhibits that could catch your eye and those of others in the area. This can range from comic book conventions, to film festivals to video game conferences to pies eating contests – whatever tickles your fancy. Not only will this get you out in the public and can socialize with the other people in attendance as you walk around, but chances are you’ll hob nob with some of the vendors or artists themselves and maybe even make some sweet connections!
Festivals – Being in a different country ensures there are any number of different cultural activities going on throughout the year, and if you’re out checking them out, it’s likely that others just like you are as well. Standing and watching some re-enactment or sampling some traditional food alongside others is the perfect icebreaker to just casually start talking. Bump into them later? More things to talk about! Just… you know… don’t be a creepy stalker about it!