Where do you find some people to travel with?

Where do you find some people to travel with?
I generally travel alone in my country and near, but I'd like to go visit some very far countries in asia, but I don't feel very safe to be alone there, I'm not too street smart as I live in a quiet countryside.
How do I go recluting some travel buddies or maybe some expat to help me not getting scammed and killed off?
Travel agencies are absolutely shit in my experience too..
Thanks

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  1. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Why don't you ask one of your friends to go with you? XD

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      It's hard to sync schedules and agree on the same place.
      And I had bad experiences in the past.

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        Solo travel is a great experience. It will get lonely sometimes there's no denying that. If you get energy from being at bars with people and close interactions with friends then you'll struggle. But for me as an introvert I love travelling alone. No one cares, you can eat by yourself and have a book or magazine or something and no one will even look at you. By being alone you can explore sites at double (or half!) pace as you wish. It's great being able to wake up and go and do exactly what you want without compromise to keep everyone happy. Travelling with friends is a very very serious decision. I've lost 2 of my very best friends after we went travelling through SEA for 6 weeks and fell out badly on the way back.

        If you go travelling and find yourself craving an evening talking with people just turn up at a sports bar or Irish bar, sit at the bar and it's easy to strike up a conversation. Or at a bar or cafe just ask obvious questions of people "hey do you guys know where a good hostel is around here".

        Another option if you're prepared to spend a little more are to look at group tours like Exodus, Intrepid, Trek America etc. Loads of singles go on those trips and make friends with like minded people.

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          i'm like this anon just solo travel.
          There are sites about "travel buddy", but i don't know how good they work. We might as well just make threads about solo travel meetups and it would work the same (tho it might end up with rapes or murders).

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          i'm like this anon just solo travel.
          There are sites about "travel buddy", but i don't know how good they work. We might as well just make threads about solo travel meetups and it would work the same (tho it might end up with rapes or murders).

          TL;DR man up and go alone? My fears are stupid and I just need to be a bit aware?

          What are you going to do for situations like going to swim and you leave your stuff, pray it doesn't get stolen? Just the 1st thing that came on my mind

          • 1 year ago
            Anonymous

            If it's a swimming pool, usually you get a locker and a bracelet with the key.
            If it's the beach then go somewhere you are alone. Why would you want to swim alone surrounded by families and groups
            anyways?

            As for dealing with serious situations, when i traveled with my b***h girlfriend, i once fainted in an airport, and she was totally clueless, useless and a total burden i had to deal with even when i was recovering on the floor. So yes, man up and whatever happens happens.
            Think about the Christopher Columbus' sailors who knew they left their family forever and had 50% chances of dying during their trip.

          • 1 year ago
            Anonymous

            If it's a swimming pool, usually you get a locker and a bracelet with the key.
            If it's the beach then go somewhere you are alone. Why would you want to swim alone surrounded by families and groups
            anyways?

            As for dealing with serious situations, when i traveled with my b***h girlfriend, i once fainted in an airport, and she was totally clueless, useless and a total burden i had to deal with even when i was recovering on the floor. So yes, man up and whatever happens happens.
            Think about the Christopher Columbus' sailors who knew they left their family forever and had 50% chances of dying during their trip.

            Also there are obvious tricks like travel with a backpack not a suitcase, so you can always have it with you when you are in the bathroom, and try not to look like a tourist.

            • 1 year ago
              Anonymous

              >travel with a backpack
              >try not to look like a tourist

              why are so many morons here

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                There are things called daypacks, and you don't look like a tourist wearing them, moron.
                Go have a nice day in the face.

          • 1 year ago
            Anonymous

            I don't think "man up" is the right way to think about it. Depending on what background you have, travelling alone might be quite natural or quite scary. You don't know what you don't know, but I would encourage everyone to try a solo trip and see how they like it. There are places that are far more easy to do solo travel than others. I'd say western European cities are super easy to do it. Try London, Rome or Paris for the easiest options, or city like Amsterdam or Stockholm for a slightly more adventurous time (but lots of English spoken). Next up venture to eastern Europe and countries like Greece, Croatia and all countries around there. From there expand your horizons to somewhere like Thailand or Central America/Mexico. Finally travelling in countries in Africa or more remote places in Asia can be challenging (logistically and culturally) but can offer the most satisfying rewards.

            People don't steal things when you go for a swim. Leave your fancy watch and laptop at home. Get a (decent) but cheap mid range android cell phone you don't mind losing. Travel booking websites like Expedia and banking apps work better on phone than they do on full websites now anyway. Take a couple of credit cards leaving one in your luggage and one with you for daily needs. Take minimal cash (most everywhere takes cards now, you'll never need cash in 90% of situations).

            • 1 year ago
              Anonymous

              Ehhh people do definitely rob you when you go for a swim in some counties. I've heard of it in both Laos and Costa Rica. Usually it'll have a reputation for that, but still don't risk it. Leave your goodies in the hostel locker. or swim with friends watching things.

          • 1 year ago
            Anonymous

            I'm a 21yo currently on the third month of traveling alone. I visited USA first, then Mexico, now I'm in Colombia.
            You spend some days together, some alone. When you wanna hit the beach just talk to people at your hostel and ask them what they're up to, ask if they wanna hit the beach. If u rent hostels through an app like hostelworld, you get added to a chat with other travelers. When I feel like grabbing drinks (especially in Colombia where it's best to not go alone) I talk with the lads from the hostel or send a message to the group chat on the app.
            Just introduce yourself to everyone you meet, be nice, talk about your traveling experiences. Ask if they're backpacking or just on a vacation.

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          >I've lost 2 of my very best friends after we went travelling through SEA for 6 weeks and fell out badly on the way back.
          Story time?

          • 1 year ago
            Anonymous

            We were 3 good friends (lived together at university) on a 7 week trip to Thailand, one of us was going to go home early after 5 weeks (always was the case as they had a job lined up - totally fine) but one day before, the other person decided they were going to change their ticket and fly back with them too leaving me alone for the last 2 weeks. I pretended I didn't really mind, but I was pretty pissed that the trip north to Chiang Mai we'd planned for last 2 weeks i'd basically have to do alone and that wasnt a very enticing option for me (I was only 20, never travelled alone and now found myself alone on the other side of the world) so I cancelled it and just bummed around Bangkok for a week before changing my plane ticket and flying back (cost me a bit to change it). I probably talked some shit I shouldn't have about how they abandoned me and that got back to them and it all blew up and we never spoke again. I was young and bit stupid, but they were both annoying me a bit (wanting to just go to McDonald's instead of find decent local food) and I felt that person changed his ticket just to get away from me which I thought was uncalled for.

            Be careful travelling with friends. It's not like just hanging out with them for a few days, you're in each others pockets.

            • 1 year ago
              Anonymous

              Maybe you should have stopped creeping on him when he was sleeping and watching him when he was taking a shower.
              No means no, bruh.

  2. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    I'm old but in my day there was lonely planet forums (thorntree I believe it was called after) which was a forum where people talked about travel and you could find travel buddies.
    If that's still around it's an option otherwise interpals I think still exists

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      It's so sad that thorntree shut down with no replacement. I spent hours on that place reading about ideas for trips. Honestly SighSee is the closest thing I've found to thorntree. It's very sad. I was thinking of starting up a travel forum basically cloning it but wasn't sure how to even start something like that.

  3. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Stay at a hostel, use language exchange apps, enjoy some solo days

  4. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    >travel with a buddy of friend
    >they are unintentionally the 3rd wheel at the worst time
    >why the hell do they walk so slow
    >bogged down by random events
    >realize how much of a pain in the ass they are
    vs
    >travel solo
    >ultimate freedom
    >bored go find something I planned out or event/bar I marked down to go chat with locals

    Best way to go about it is meeting up with friends who are in the same country as you for specific events. The worst experiences I've had traveling always revolved around people trying to stay in a group and unknowingly pissing eachother off.

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