Would you classify yourself as a rather anti-social person and find it hard to meet locals. Or are you simply just disappointed, that you’re surrounded by people from your own nation, although you came to a foreign country to get to know the locals? Well, I’ve got some tips for you! I’m probably the most anti-social person among you, but I still managed to meet heaps of locals, that turned into friends for life!
1. AirBnb. The best way to meet locals is to stay with them and to experience their lifestyle. The easiest option to get in touch with them, if you don’t have any contacts is using certain Apps. AirBnB is perfect for booking cheap rooms and apartments. Perfect, if you want to have some privacy for a little while, after spending the majority of your time in hostels.
2. Couchsurfing. If you can’t afford to book a private room, couchsurfing is the best solution. Why? Because it’s totally free. In exchange for a few good chats, eventually a meal and a few tips and advises, locals let you stay on their “couch” for a couple of nights. Although, people might find it risky, I am a huge fan of the app, having made some great friends!
3. Get out of the city. It’s almost impossible to get to know the locals, when you spend the majority of ypur time in cities. Everybody is busy working or rushing to catch the next bus. It’s a lot more likely to meet people in smaller towns, where the atmosphere is completely different and everyone is just so much more welcoming!
4. Not everybody has bad intentions. This is pretty much the basic rule, you need to follow. If yoy want to make friends, you need to change your attitude: Not everybody wants to harm you! You surely, need to take precautions every now and then, but most people out there want to help you and are more than happy to meet someone international!
5. No fruitpicking. When it comes to jobs, I can recommend to turn your back to the usually typical “Backpacker jobs” like fruitpicking. If you want to experience a welcoming atmosphere and true local lifestyle, other farm work, like outback station work, is what you should look for.
6. Be yourself. You don’t have to be an outgoing and social person to meet new people. Being an introvert can sometimes even be a perk. I have experienced, that locals often come to you and invite you over, when you seem to be insecure or lost. Don’t forget:Not everybody has bad intentions! There is always a way!
Dare Yourself – Prove them wrong!
P.S.: Only two more days of work and I’ll be back on the road! Which means, my blog posts will get a lot longer again!!