In these times when technology has occupied almost every aspect of our lives (and our travels), sometimes it is good to go back to the basics. You can always start a conversation with a stranger even this is hard at first, when we are shy and afraid to be judged. Okay, that can happen. But it might not. Look at it as a challenge, say something to that guy staring to the window or to that boring woman who turns her spoon in the coffee. Yes, you can!
Internet has brought us many facilities to travel and we all should be grateful for it. In this aspect, with different pages and applications existing we can even get in contact with travelers and locals from the places that we are going to visit even before we arrive. One of the most famous pages is Couchsurfing, a network of international travelers in which local people offer their sofa for travelers in exchange for sharing together the travel experience itself. In addition, CouchSurfers in almost all cities they organize meetings you can join. If you want to know more, see our post on the subject.
As for Smartphone applications, in recent times they have proliferated in numerous types. These are apps in which you can create a profile and list the places you will visit soon to immediately find out other profiles that will be in the same places and contact them. The most famous is Tripr but you can also find Backpackr, Wandermates or Outbound.
Another kind of networks, created rather for expatriates, can also work when traveling. The most used is InterNations, a network that serves to someone who will move to a city for contacting other people who live there, ask them questions, etc., but they also organize events, dinners and meetings at restaurants and bars in the city all the network members are invited. And also for expatriates: ExpatBlog.
And also, the most common social networks, the ones we use everyday, can also help us finding the way. For example, are you a real instagramer? Then you can search the hashtag for the destination you are going to and contact people with similar interests or concerns, something you can find out thanks to your photos.
Tim Cahill said that a trip is measured in friends, not in miles. Go ahead and search yours!