Traveling gives you time to understand things, learning about yourself and the world and to embrace the moment. However, it would be nothing without the people we meet on our way and connections you collect along the path. Even when you are a solo traveler, there are always some moments that you want to share with others, like-minded and creative people. Having an open mind and being curious is important to truly adopt new experiences. Meeting other fellow travelers and locals in a new country is a great opportunity to go off the beaten track and experience the place in a different way. The ”easiest” way to get in touch with other travel buddies is to simply start talking to them, however sometimes it isn’t as easy as it seems to be.
So that’s where awesome apps and groups come in. I would like to share with you my top 9!
This amazing idea gives you the opportunity to stay with locals and free accommodation. The community counts over 14 million people in more that 200,000 cities. This is all about culture, exchange and friendship. Of course, you have to look for a person you perhaps share common interests with, based on profile and texting, before you choose your destination. Remember “There are no strangers here. Only friends you haven’t yet met”.
2. Travel Pal
More than 150 countries and connects over 1,5 million hosts and travelers from around the world. The Travel Pal app is based on the concept of couchsurfing, to help you find a place to stay in a new city. While you are traveling, you can search for local/host around your area that offers a free stay at their house or apartment. In addition, you can gain the knowledge about culture, local cuisine or traditions from the best source there is. It is a great opportunity to make new friends around the world.
Meetup platform brings lovers of adventure together from numerous cities, to share, explore and learn things that make their hearts feel alive. The app on your phone helps you to join local, real events with other like-minded people. By checking your “meetups schedule”, you can find numbers of upcoming events in your group or city. There is also messaging feature that allows you to get in contact with other fellow members of the group.
This great app runs in over 4500 cities and connects around 19 000 locals and travelers. The main idea of this platform is to find travelers or locals, who are currently in the same place as you. Users can get acquainted with fellow buddies for sightseeing the city, discovering new places around or have a nice cup of coffee and a good conversation. There is also an option to connect and chat with future travel partners before your holiday.
5. Join facebook travel groups
If you love traveling and meet new people around the World, I suggest you to join travel groups on Facebook. There are plenty of members sharing the same interest, helping each other and connecting also in real-life. It is a great way to find your future fellow traveler or meet locals wherever you are. For example, you post a short message in the group that you are currently in Barcelona and want to meet with some like-minded people, have a drink or dinner. Believe me, there are haundreds of travelers, like you. The biggest and my favorite travel groups on facebook are Girls vs Globe, Go Wonder – Women Travel, Girls love Travel and Backpacking.
The platform helps you to discover all upcoming events in your city from more than 20 million events worldwide. It is a great way to know what is happening around you and to attend the best entertainment, like live music shows, classes, networking events, festivals, workshops or any other trending shows. You can even invite your friends, share events with your groups on other platforms or search for events according to your interest.
The WorldPackers platform helps you to plan holiday, meet fellow travelers, improve your skills or even learn new language. You can use your experience and education to help out hosts in over 100 countries from all over the world. It can be a great combination of discovering new places and improving your skills at the same time. In addition, the Worldpackers global community is a great source of tips and recommendations to your next trip. Meet other open-minded people, expert travelers and local guides and join over 300,000 Worldpackers community.
The Showaround app helps you to find locals from around the world and discover true beauty of any city from an insider’s perspective. It is a great way to discover a new city like a local, more authentic and more beautiful. Showaround gives you a chance to not only meet locals but also have a personal guide to show you around. You can select your travel guide, specify your expectations and destinations, to plan a perfect time for yourself.
This great app lets you to connect with other backpackers around the world. How does it work? While you are traveling, you drop a pin in every city/place you arrive at. Then, the platrofm shares your current location with other travelers who are at the same place, right now. By using this simply app, you are able to meet, talk or discover the land with other travel buddies with a backpack. You also have an easy access to information about cheap accomodation, food or public transport wherever you are.
Let yourself to be a part of an awesome community with members from around the world and make your holiday unforgettable. Remember, that you also can be a host in your city and an expert traveler who helps others to experience the best of your country.