For some people, travel joy tastes the best when it can be shared with others. But, if you don’t have your steady travel partner or your friends are not available during your best travel time to join you, then you may have to start your trip solo. The greatest thing about this situation is that on the road you can always meet travellers to share your adventures with.
You will often have opportunities to meet travellers from different regions while travelling solo. Hostels, rail stations, or festivals and other events are perfect places to find travel buddies. But usually, this happens unexpectedly and without any planning on your part. If you want to act with intent and look for fellowship actively, you can actually look for travel companions even before you begin your journey nowadays. The era of the Internet, social media, and online travellers groups allows you to create new relationships even before you leave your house.
Couchsurfing app – a great way to find travel buddies
Personally, I think the Couchsurfing app is the best place to meet travellers online. Usually, travellers use this application to find hosts and a place to sleep in their destination. But Couchsurfing has also a great secondary feature – to find other travellers currently hanging around in the same place that you are.
So let’s say, you plan to go for a mountain hiking trip. Of course, for safety reasons, it is always better to go with others. On the Couchsurfing website, you can switch your search results from “find hosts” to “find travellers”. This way you can reach any person who will be travelling in your desired region at the same time. All that is left for you to do, is to send your chosen persons a polite message, asking if they would be interested in sharing the journey with you. The answer to the perennial question of how to find a travel buddy is that easy!
How to meet travellers online – my own experiences
Besides using the Couchsurfing app for finding accommodation, I’ve been using it also to meet travellers online. And thanks to it, I collected a few great memories from my journeys, which might not have been so exciting if I had travelled on my own.
Romanian road trip
My first experience with finding travel buddies online took place when I was travelling to Romania. The travel was kind of spontaneous since I found cheap flight tickets and simply decided to go in the nearest future. Unfortunately, none of my friends could go with me on those dates. The place that I truly wanted to visit in Transylvania was the Poenari Castle and the Transfăgărășan road. But I couldn’t reach those places without renting a car. So I decided to find travel buddies, so that I could share the costs and the adventure with someone else.
I used exactly the same method that I described for you above. I sent a message to a few different persons and received two positive answers. My new companions were a French from Paris and an Indian living in Finland. On the Internet, I convinced them to modify their travel plans a little and visit Transylvania with me, and I hope they did not regret it at the end! I met the first one personally in Bucharest, where we rented a car. The second we picked up in Sibiu. We spent three great days in the car, travelling in Romania, visiting the best spots of Transylvania’s region, and having a really great time.
I used the Couchsurfing app to find travel buddies for the second time when I was travelling in Martinique, in the Caribbean, with my boyfriend.
We wanted to join some other travellers on day trips to the best spots on the island. Once again, we used Couchsurfing to send a few messages to other people visiting the island. In the end, we joined a Polish family, travelling with a 5-years-old boy. We had some great adventures together, including hiking the jungle in search of a hidden waterfall, which was amazing. Before meeting them, we had not even heard about this place, which finally became one of my favourite on the whole island.
The joy of sharing memories
Some people might love travelling solo or even as a couple. But sometimes we need to find travel buddies for practical reasons. For instance, sharing car rental costs will definitely help your budget. In some cases, travelling in a group of like-minded people is safer and more reasonable than acting alone. You can always ask for help, and it’s easier to find clever solutions in emergency situations.
Today, if you wonder how to find a travel buddy, the answer is simple. Use the Internet, where all travellers meet these days. If you look around well enough, you will find some new friends for certain. And usually, this adventure will bring lots of joy and awesome memories.
This Travel Tip Tuesday post is a guest post by Dominika Bys.
Dominika recently decided to start a life as a location-independent person. She describes herself as a multipotentialite and aims to lead different ways of life. In the Caribbean, she founded a blog Sunday In Wonderland, where she shares her passion for looking for the beauty in this world. You can follow her on Instagram and Facebook