(Last Updated On: September 24, 2020)

How do you do it? How do you make solo travel friends?

Even in this day and age, one of the biggest factors stopping people solo traveling is because they’re not sure how to make friends solo traveling

In a world of introverts, extraverts, confident and shy…a question pops up; How do solo backpackers make friends? …Well the answer is; making backpacker friends is easy for some, and ever so hard for others.

If you’re considering on solo traveling, or have already started and finding it difficult to make friends solo traveling, you’ve come to the right place. In this post we’ll cover how, where and the different types of solo travel friends you can make. The question shouldn’t be do solo backpackers make friends, instead it should be where do solo backpackers make friends?

Where can you make friends solo traveling?

It’s very simple, you can make friends solo traveling everywhere. Now that might sound like a cop out or even arrogant but it’s true.

You might find this strange to believe but when you’re solo traveling, you will very rarely actually be alone. I mean unless you decide to wander off into the most remote areas of the world where no man or woman has ever ventured before or purposely choose to be alone. That’s not to confuse being alone to feeling lonely, they’re two different things.

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In most cases nowadays, solo traveling just means leaving your home on your own. Yes of course there will be situations where you’re alone, like while you’re in transit, or arriving in a new destination, you may take a walk or go on a small hike alone. You might take a bus/train or flight alone. But just look around there are people all around you and those people are opportunities to make solo travel friends – if you wish too.

It’s up to you to make friends solo traveling

Alot of us solo backpackers choose to travel this way rather in groups or with other people because we like the freedom. We’re not obliged to follow other people, we do and don’t do what we want to, at our own pace. There isn’t or at least shouldn’t be situations we’re forced into anything we don’t want to be a part of. In traveling with groups you might have to put up with people you don’t get along with but as a solo traveler you’re free of that burdon.

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And, the great thing about solo traveling is you choose weather or not to make solo travel friends and with who you want. You’re under no obligation to approach, like and get to know anybody. However on the flip side if you do want to make friends solo traveling, those opportunities are all around you from the moment you start your journey.

Where you can make friends solo traveling:

  • Make solo travel friends at the airport/bus station/ train station
  • On the flight/bus/train/tour groups, they’re great to make backpacker friends
  • Arriving in your new destination
  • Your accommodation, especially in a hostel. Hostels are probably the easiest place to make backpacker friends
  • Walking tours, bike tours (a lot of destinations have free walking tours you can join in morning or evenings and great place to make solo travel friends)
  • In cafes, bars, restaurants are great places to make solo travel friends
  • Make solo travel friends nn excursions, tours, trips, events
  • By simply walking around and getting to talk to people
  • On a beach, a hike, sightseeing,
  • A chance meeting can lead to becoming solo travel friends
  • By just becoming a regular face to locals

Pretty much any situation or setting you can think of is a chance to make solo travel friends, with other backpackers or with locals.

How do solo backpackers make friends?

While the where is the easy part the how can be a little more difficult in making backpacker friends. Not everybody out there is super confident to just walk into any situation and just open themselves up to make solo travel friends. Some people are shy, some are socially awkward, some are naturally closed off and it can be hard for them. If this describes you, then how do you make friends solo traveling?

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The longer you travel, in all likelihood there will come a time at some point where you do want some company, a meaningful connection, want to make some solo travel friends. Like I mentioned above the opportunities are ample, more times than not there will always be people around you. But the onus is on you at times to make the effort to turn strange faces into familiar ones.

A harsh truth you might not like about making backpacker friends

A harsh truth is, you’re going to have to put in some leg work. Not everybody is going to jump up to be your friend, not everybody is going to be open, and a lot of the times you have to make the first move to make friends solo traveling. For example, if you’re staying in a hostel, you might see backpackers having fun, chatting, doing things together all around you but not including you. It’s not that they don’t like you (well they might not) It’s more than likely you’ve not made an effort. They’re under no obligation to make the first move, approach and put the effort in.

I’m not saying that will always be the case, sometimes other backpackers will make the first move, but you have to be approachable in the first place.

My own experience of solo travel friends

I’ll be honest, Since I started backpacking in 2010, I’ve only ever had problems making friends solo traveling when I’ve been the problem. There have been times I’ve been closed off, had situations when I’ve been in emotional states, mentally drained and not approachable. There have been times where I just couldn’t be bothered to socialise or make new solo travel friends, times I couldn’t be arsed with people or felt the crowd around me wasný my type.

I’ll be honest there have been times where I’ve looked across a room, seen people laughing, enjoying each others company and wondered why I’m not included but then realised It’s my fault, I’ve been closed off and made zero effort in the first place.

On the other hand, there have been plenty of occasions where I have made the effort, I have made solo travel friends, been part of tight knit groups even as a solo backpacker. Over the years, I’ve made friends who are closer to me than my own family. I’ve even encountered chance meetings where if we didn’t speak we wouldn’t have become the close friends we are.

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Like I said before, that’s the beauty, you can pick and choose when and when not to be sociable and make solo travel friends or not. So do solo backpackers make friends? – yes absolutely we make solo travel friends.

Ways to make yourself available to make friends solo traveling

If you do find it difficult to make friends in general or are a little awkward in social setting there are some simple and effective ways to make friends:

  • Be friendly, a simple smile can go a long way, say hi
  • Be approachable
  • Don’t pre judge anybody
  • Say yes not no – when somebody asked if you want to grab a drink, get some food, watch a movie, do a tour, take a walk, say yes – what the worst that can happen?
  • Join in social gatherings – your hostel might hold an event, or have a bbq night, pub crawls, couchsurfing event, check for local facebook groups they might organise get togethers,

Different levels of solo travel friends you can make

I always say there are different levels of backpacker and solo travel friends you make just like your friends back home. Its something I’ve learnt over the years of backpacking, and the longer people travel the more they understand it to be true when making backpacker friends or just travel friends overall.

As you’ve seen so far in this post, there is ample opportunities to make solo travel friends but what kind of solo travel friends can you make?  Think about it for a second, you’re a solo backpacker, you’re going to be on the move. In most cases the solo travel friends you’ll make will be other backpackers who move on or locals who stay to carry on with their lives as you move on. So, either way, at some point you’re going to go seperate ways to your solo travel friends. Makes sense right?

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So I can break it down into three levels of solo travel friends. Level 3 will be the majority of people you can meet. Level 2 a smaller amount of backpacker friends you can make and level 1 will be a very small pool of travel friends you can make.

The 3 levels of solo travel friends

Level 3 – casual backpacker friends

We come into contact with people all around us, from our hostel, excursions, to times we’re traveling from one place to another. So many people will come and go in and out of our backpacking lives like a super highway. With these people, we might become friends while we’re in each others company. We might eat, drink, party, get drunk, be roommates, do tours and excursions together and feel like we’re solo travel friends. But, once we both go our seperate ways, that’s it, the ties are cut. We didn’t exchange social media, Emails or phone numbers and soon enough are forgotten from memory or become a blur when thinking back.

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Can’t even remember who any of these people are!

That’s not to say that will happen to all of them, some of these will actually turn into level 2 solo travel friends within days, or way before you go your seperate ways. Right now, you might think, “Nah, that’s horrible I’ll remember all those I become friends with.” – Just wait and see, and let me know a year later if you still remember these people.

Level 2 – social media backpacker friends

I like to call these, the social media friends. Just like the ones above, however there feels to be more of a bond though, and a genuine interest in each others lives beyond travel and now and here. Because there is more of a bond, more interests we share away from travel, we tend to develop our friendships quicker and tend to do more together. Once we go our seperate ways, we do keep in touch. We have swapped social media, phone numbers and emails. There is a genuine desire to meet up again somewhere down the road. We keep an eye on each others traveling life, we keep in contact.

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However at some point, level 2 friends turn either into level 1 solo travel friends or we lose contact over time and we turn into level 3 backpacker friends. It’s normally the case that once one of us have stopped traveling and gone back home, to our old lives, old friends and family the separation becomes wider from the travel and normal life realities and with that contact stops. It’s not anybody’s fault, it’s just life. You get on with yours and they with theirs.

Level 1 – Not backpacker friends anymore – we’re friends for life

It’s like a funnel, some level 3 backpacker friends turn into level 2 backpacker friends where they either turn back to level 3 or funnel down to level 1 and stick with you for life.

Level 1 backpacker friends are the ones we get the closest to. We feel the strongest bonds and connections. We know we will be friends beyond our backpacking or travel lives. In some cases we feel like we’ve met ourselves, or known each all our lives. We are more like family. And I always say these are the type of solo travel friends we will keep crossing paths with. Not on the present trip but in years to come, our lives will keep intertwining and stay in each others lives.

It’s with these backpacker friends we share our fondest, and greatest memories with. Theses are the friends that have shared and stuck through the best and worst backpacking times with us. And these are the ones your most excited to see again.

Different types of solo travel friends you’ll make

You’ve seen how to make friends solo traveling, you’ve seen where you can make friends solo traveling and you’ve seen the different levels of solo travel friends you can make but what about the different types of solo travel friends or travel friends might you make?

  1. Hostel solo travel friends
  2. Other accommodation/couchsurfing solo travel friends
  3. Drinking/bar/Party solo travel friends
  4. Excursion/tour/sightseeing friends/ Walking tour backpacker friends
  5. Same route/ solo travel friends
  6. Work/volunteer solo travel friends
  7. Local friends
  8. Meeting yourself
  9. Travel romances

1. Hostel solo travel friends

Backpacker hostels are the easiest place to make backpacker friends for a number of reasons. They are mainly social places and have ample opportunities for backpackers to get to know each other from dorm rooms, social areas and organising events. Of course there are different types of hostels to suit you, some are more sociable and crazier (party hostels) to others.

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Remember hostel life can be quite an intense vortex, you’ll meet people from all walks of life, and people you wouldn’t associate with back home. Yet in a hostel you can become solo travel friends, create bonds, and connect with people after 5 minutes of meeting them and in turn make friends solo traveling.

Different hostel types

Many young first time solo backpackers choose party hostels to stay in because just how easy it is to make friends solo traveling; you just gotta share some alcohol or get high with someone. But you can make good friends in other type of hostels too by just sharing a conversation, a meal, or cooking with each other. Many life long backpacker friends are flourished in hostels.

Making friends traveling solo is only as easy or hard as you want it to be. You will find the longer you travel solo for the different types of friends you'll make too. This post by Forever Roaming the World covers the types of friends you may make.

While you won’t get along with every backpacker you meet in a hostel, they are where most like minded people will be.

Do be careful though, get too comfortable, your reality becomes skewed, and you might just fall into the hostel trap.

Long term hostel friends turn into mini communities and create a family type environment

If you’re like me and solo budget travel slowly, you will at some point become a long termer in a hostel (stay in the hostel longer, even make a home there). The friends we make are more likely to be with other long termers. We tend to start living like our own community within the hostel and in turn become more like family. We cook with each other, socialise with each other, party with each other, go on trips together, hang out with each other, pretty much do everything together. We get to know each other on deeper levels and this can lead us to having quite a strong bond and sometimes it can get cliquey.

Making friends traveling solo is only as easy or hard as you want it to be. You will find the longer you travel solo for the different types of friends you'll make too. This post by Forever Roaming the World covers the types of friends you may make.

It’s horrible to say this but sometimes we just have no interest in getting to know somebody that’s just passing through for a few days. That’s not to say it’s always the case. And sometimes people who have the intention of just passing through become friends with long termers and become one themselves. Don’t be surprised if you make friends solo traveling with hostel long termers and just don’t leave.

2. Other accommodation/ couchsurfing

It’s not just in backpacker hostels you’ll meet like minded people. You might opt against staying in a hostel and choose couchsurfing, AirBnb or a houseshare. It will be the same type of scenario but less people. Like in staying in smaller more intimate hostels, you might get to know your hosts or other backpackers on more of a personal level. You may find you all start to travel together in a group rather than going your seperate ways.

3. Drinking/Party friends

These types of friends are pretty self explanatory. These are the ones you do nothing else with. During the day, you do your own things, have little or no interaction with but when it comes to drinking and partying they’re at the ready. You might have met these types of friends a previous time you partied or in a bar, and loved each others drunk company. Everybody knows if there is a party you’ll be together laughing, joking and getting drunk together like your best friends.

Making friends traveling solo is only as easy or hard as you want it to be. You will find the longer you travel solo for the different types of friends you'll make too. This post by Forever Roaming the World covers the types of friends you may make.

4. Excursion/walking tour/tours/sightseeing buddies

There is a good chance you will make travel friends while on excursion, tours, walking tours and trips. You might just have different interests to other people you’ve made friends with, or just like to do things alone. You might find others with the same interests and only meet them on excursions and tours.

The more excursions and tours you’re on together, the more you start hanging out together during it and become friends. You might still go your seperate ways once the excursion is over but safe in the knowledge that friendly face will be there the next time.

Making friends traveling solo is only as easy or hard as you want it to be. You will find the longer you travel solo for the different types of friends you'll make too. This post by Forever Roaming the World covers the types of friends you may make.

5. Same route travel friends

There are some countries or regions you’ll go to where everybody takes the same kind of routes like the East coast of Australia or the Gringo trails through Central America. These are well-trodden paths and you’re likely to see the same faces along the way. These are people who you might not be friends with, to begin with, but over time after bumping into each other a number of times you’ll start to become backpacker friends.

Making friends traveling solo is only as easy or hard as you want it to be. You will find the longer you travel solo for the different types of friends you'll make too. This post by Forever Roaming the World covers the types of friends you may make.

You might even find yourselves bumping into each other at bus and train stations, but at first you stick you your own plans. You might stay in the same places, do the same activities, you might be out of sync with each other a couple of days here and there. But after a while you decide to join forces, sync up your plans and become same route travel friends and start traveling together.

6. Work/Volunteer travel friends

If you’re on a working holiday visa, replenishing your backpacking funds with work or giving back and being part of a volunteer program you’re likely to make friends with the people around you.

If you’re working the other people might start out as just work colleagues but over time you might start doing this outside of work together and end up friends. Or it might just be at work that you’ve become friends, you click at work but have no real interests outside of it.

If you decide to do some volunteering work, you’re more than likely getting a place a sleep and eat. It will feel more like you’re part of a community with likeminded people rather than work colleagues, and you’ll find that you start becoming close to people and become friends.

7. Local friends

This should actually be higher up on the list. In being a solo backpacker, especially if you’re traveling on a tight budget you’re gonna find yourself in more local places. You’ll eat in local eateries, drink in local bars, see more rural areas and have more interaction with locals. If you choose to travel slowly, you’ll spend more time in one place, and your face will go from being a strangers to one locals will recognise. You’ll start to get to know locals more and in-turn become friendly and even form friendships.

Making friends traveling solo is only as easy or hard as you want it to be. You will find the longer you travel solo for the different types of friends you'll make too. This post by Forever Roaming the World covers the types of friends you may make.
Locals I become friends with in Langkawi, Malaysia

Or you might just have a chance meeting, bump into one randomly, getting talking and hit it off. Next thing you know you feel like you’ve known each other all your lives and instantly become not just travel friends but life long friends.

And, the great thing about making travel friends with locals is the inside tips you get. You get to see things from a different perspective, discover places only locals know about, you learn more and are more immersed into the local culture.

8. Meeting yourself

No, I don’t mean self-discovery or meeting your doppelganger, I mean there will be somebody you come across who is the exact same as you. The funny thing is you won’t know anything about each other, you might already be staying in the same place and have made the same friends but are not friends yourselves. It will be only after a chance meeting (or a drunken conversation on a doorstep) that you just instantly click and realize you’ve met yourself. You both have the same mentality, think the same, same characteristics, same mannerisms, personalities, the same things in common.

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It’s mind-blowing when you meet this person, you bond instantly, and it’s like you’re talking to yourself. Once you meet there is no separating you; you are two peas in a pod.

9. Traveling romances

The spanner in the works or the best thing that can happen to you – it could go either way.

Everybody is human at the end of the day, there are going to be people you’re attracted to, there are some you’ll fall for and some you’ll just have hook ups with. It happens. You’ll meet somebody, you’ll click, hang out possibly, and either you’ll hook up and go your seperate ways, maybe become fuck buddies or it could turn into a travel relationship.

Traveling relationships can be brilliant or really tough. They can be brilliant as you’ve found somebody to make and share your trip and memories with; you’ve found a companion. Or, it can be a spanner in the works because you merge your travel plans together, you both make sacrifices to things the other wanted to do. You’ve gone from being a solo traveler doing things on your own terms and pace to compromising. What you thought you wanted might not be the case and it could turn into a bigger headache than It’s worth.

Plenty of ways to make friends solo traveling

If you really struggle to make solo travel friends along the way, there are also groups you can get involved with online. Check online there’s always facebook groups, twitter, lonely planet travel communities, Couchsurfing community organised get togethers, and travellerspoint is a great place to meet other backpackers in your situation. You’ll find other backpackers and even locals sometimes who organise events and get togethers for solo backpackers to meet and get to know each other, which is another great way to make friends.

As you can see from this post, there will be plenty of opportunities to make friends solo traveling and trust me there will be times you’ll be desperate to find some alone time.

It’s funny because most first-time solo travelers worry that they won’t make friends before a trip but in-fact it’s solo travelers who are more likely to make traveling friends than those who travel in groups. The reason for it, when you travel in groups you already have your friends, you have your circle while traveling solo you’re more open to making friends. So if you’ve been worried about how to make friends solo traveling, i hope this post has eased that concern.

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22 Comments

Liliane Fawzy · August 11, 2017 at 8:41 pm

I’ve yet to take a solo trip but this has been one of my concerns about it. Good to know it’s easier than I think to make friends!

Aditi Mathur Kumar · August 4, 2017 at 2:25 pm

I absolutely love solo travel because it has given me wonderful friends almost every time. Agree with each point you made in this post. I especially love if I have local friends, but that is something I have to work on for a lot of destinations. ?
Great post!

Clare · August 4, 2017 at 11:38 am

I have met so many people while travelling and then done trips to go visit them. I always stay in hostels as they are a great way of meeting people. I feel I have more in common with these people than my friends at home who don’t even ask me about my travels when I go back to visit!!

Suman doogar · August 3, 2017 at 4:01 pm

Thanks for writing this, many people are afraid of travelling solo… Its good somebody is talking about it…

    foreverroamingtheworld · August 3, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    thank you very much, that’s one of the reasons why I started to write. I do feel a lot of people who want to travel solo or budget backpack are apprehensive as there is a lack of information about the other side of the curtain. I know from personal experience I didn’t get informed on so much of what it’s like to solo budget travel before I started to travel. Glad you enjoyed this.

lexieanimetravel · August 2, 2017 at 4:07 pm

solo travelling is a very risky decision however on the other side you have a lot of advantages and you can travel cheaper. I love your courage and experience to be out there in the wilderness. I salute your articles such an incredible blog 🙂

    foreverroamingtheworld · August 2, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Thanks for your kind words, I hope you continue to like my content as I grow 😀 (Just finished my 2nd full month of blogging) – Solo traveling is what suits me best but I do understand it doesn’t suit everybody. Over the years I’ve met people who are super confident and just throw themselves out there but then others who tried but just wasn’t for them. I always say there is no right or wrong way to travel, whatever you feel comfortable doing is your way to travel.

    lexieanimetravel · August 3, 2017 at 8:37 am

    yeah I totally agree with your poin, wishing you more and more success and who knows maybe one day our paths will cross each other and by that time I’m definitely gonna treat you a beer ? ?

      foreverroamingtheworld · August 3, 2017 at 11:47 am

      Who knows indeed, I look forward to the beer 😀 Good luck with your journey too. I’m sure we will bump into each other on FB some more too 😀

beccajtalbot · August 2, 2017 at 2:47 pm

I have made so many friends while travelling (both solo and when with friends) – I understand that a lot of people are hesitant about travelling solo because they think they’ll be lonely, but it’s really not the case! x

    foreverroamingtheworld · August 2, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    It it a common misconception that solo travel means lonely travel. Sometimes it’s hard to get a minute to yourself, there have been times when I’ve had to pull back to have my own space. However saying that I have met and know people who struggle and have anxiety so even if there are people around they keep to themselves and I guess that does feel lonely.

johnthewanderer · August 2, 2017 at 1:52 pm

You have some great tips here about solo travel. I have a friend who does this all the time. She said she meets so many people and the experiences are life changing. It is always stressful to do this the first time. But once you do, it is so easy and you can make such great friends all around the world.

    foreverroamingtheworld · August 2, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    It really is life changing, views, perspectives just a general outlook on life changes. I finally came back home to England late last year and friends of mine who I’ve known all my life but not seen me for 6 years while I was traveling could see I had become a completely different person. I agree with you in that the first time is the most stressful because you’re stepping into the unknown. You can do as much research planning and reading as you like but until you actually step into it you don’t know how it will play out for you. It’s funny how over the years of traveling travelers make a web or network of friends from all over the world. some closer than others, some we lose contact with. It was because of somebody I met in New Zealand, I got to move to and live in Bali for nearly a year.

hertraveltherapy · August 2, 2017 at 10:19 am

All these different types of travelling friends are so accurate! I always encounter the same route friends, who I may have never spoken to before, but keep seeing them from a distance or in the same hostel in different places in a country! I’ve noticed that I’ve slowly drifted from friends that I’ve made while travelling, as more time passes though. I guess our lives just go in different directions. I think there’s some beauty to be found in remembering the good times and not trying to force a friendship that doesn’t fit anymore. Like you said, when you travel, it’s like being in this bubble of an alternate reality, and sometimes that just doesn’t fit into real life.

    foreverroamingtheworld · August 2, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I think you’re spot on, traveling friends come and go but you shouldn’t try to force them, the ones that will stay in your life will stay….just last month a good traveling friend of mine who I keep in contact with but not seen for 4 years popped over to London, we met up and it was like we hadn’t been away from each other at all. However in the other hand there are people who once they leave are out of mind, that might sound a bit harsh but that’s how traveling life can be.

Kelly Duhigg · August 1, 2017 at 10:02 pm

I totally identify as a chronic solo traveller. Sometimes I like the solitude of it all and sometimes its nice being aurrounded by a like minded group of people. But we so are a different type of people.

    foreverroamingtheworld · August 2, 2017 at 2:15 am

    I know what you mean, I’m the same there are some days where I just don’t want to know anybody else and can go have a great time by myself but others days I can’t be left alone and need to be around people. And I love how so many people from different walks off life can come together, so many different characters and personalities just getting along with each other.

Medha Verma · August 1, 2017 at 9:41 pm

I’ve always been an introvert since I was young and making friends while travelling or even talking to strangers for that matter was never a thing I could’ve imagined myself doing. However, after a couple of solo trips, I began to notice how I opened up, talked to people and even started to make friends. I’m still quite new at it though, I mostly travel with my husband and don’t feel the need to make friends while on the go. But having been out on my own a couple of times has changed my perspective and eventually, me. I still won’t end up making long terms friends though, can’t really imagine that! But you never know 🙂

    foreverroamingtheworld · August 2, 2017 at 2:21 am

    What you went through, is not too uncommon with travelers, I’ve met quite a few that were very shy, some with social anxiety that for the first few days wouldn’t even say hello but once they started to feel comfortable and relaxed would start to open up and start to join in. You never know who you will meet traveling, you may find a lifelong friend out there 😀

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