How to Make Friends While Backpacking Through Europe

Now that the impact of covid is coming to an end, something that a lot of people are considering is travelling. For a lot of us, it has been more than two years since we have been able to travel. Though we have been able to travel throughout the Covid period, there were a lot of restrictions that made being able to do so rather difficult.

For example, you had to pay for additional testing on top of what you paid for your holiday and you also had to have your vaccinations, which some people simply didn’t agree with. Though there are still some restrictions in place, it is still possible to go travelling and if you are someone that has been eager to go for some time, then now is the best time frame that we have seen for some time.

If you are desperate to head out on holiday, but your friends and family are still a bit worried about potentially catching covid, then you may feel as though you have to wait until they are ready before you go.

Though this may make sense to you, doing so will be a big mistake. Something that you should remember is that the events of covid have taught us all that we are not promised tomorrow and we should make the most of the life that we have.

Though the idea of travelling alone may be scary, you have to imagine it more as an opportunity to experience life and create fantastic memories that you will be able to look back on in fondness.

Something else that you have to remember is that just because you are setting off on your journey alone does not necessarily mean that you have to be alone throughout your travels. You are not the only person who is going to go travelling on your own and it is likely that throughout your travels you are bound to encounter other people that will be more than happy to share your travelling experience with you.

If you are someone that is quite shy, then the idea of making friends when you are alone may seem scary and even impossible. We understand how intimidating it can be, as nobody likes the idea of being rejected when trying to form a connection with someone. Here is how to make friends while backpacking through Europe.

How to Make Friends While Backpacking Through Europe

Stay In Hostels

For some of the more snobbish people out there, there is a stigma when it comes to staying in hostels when you are travelling. Hostels are considered to be cheap and dirty, but that is not the case at all.

Hostels are a great tool to use if you are backpacking through multiple countries for a number of reasons. First of all, they are incredibly cheap and you can expect to pay no more than twenty dollars a night to stay in a hostel.

Secondly, you usually have to share rooms within a hostel and if you are travelling alone, you will likely have to share with strangers. There is no better way to make new friends than sharing rooms with someone. You also tend to share common areas and people are often very happy to talk about what they are doing and where they have been travelling. If you have already been through a few European countries, then it is likely that you have already had some amazing experiences and you have had some brilliant stories that you can share. Don’t be afraid to get involved in conversations and share your experiences, as this is a great way to bond with new people and make some brand new friends.

Approach People in Bars and Cafes

A big part of travelling is taking in local culture and trying local cuisine. If you head to a bar to see what the local nightlife is like, don’t be afraid to reach out to some of the people that you meet there.

In every bar, you are bound to find a traveller sharing stories about his experience on the road. Don’t be afraid to talk to them and ask him these questions about his travelling adventures, such as where have you been and have you met any interesting people while on the road?