You probably read the title of this post and thought “why in the world would you want to travel with strangers?!” but trust me, it’s a worthwhile experience.
With summer just around the corner, many people will venture out and travel all over. Most of the time it will be with loved ones, but the benefits of travelling with people you’ve never met are incredible. And I don’t just mean in a plane with people I didn’t know and then parted ways after landing, I mean actually spending your entire trip with people you’ve never met. You will learn how to communicate with new people, you will learn new perspectives and views, and you can create an irreplaceable bond with new friends. People are only strangers for so long, and when you do something as grand as travel with them, you will have a story to tell and memories you will cherish forever. It is an utterly unique experience that is hard to find anywhere else.
How do I know all of this? Well I have travelled with strangers on multiple occasions. The first when I was 17 years old, I was barely a senior in high school at the time. But I grew up so much and learned a great deal about myself and the people around me. So I have first hand experience in how to succeed in travelling with new people.
Here is what you need to know before venturing off with strangers.
Travel With An Organization You Trust
This is hands down the most important part, that’s why it’s listed first. It is definitely not a good idea to go up to someone random in Starbucks and ask if they want to go on vacation. Plan the trip with a company or organization that is trusted and safe. If there is someone there to organize and run the trip for everyone, they are also there to prevent safety risks and other issues. The group above I knew was safe, friendly, and well-known, so I was comfortable travelling with them.
Have Contact Information
Whether it’s for the trip leader or your new BFF, GET CONTACT INFO! The last thing you want is to be stranded somewhere with the ability to only contact your friends and family who aren’t there.
It’s easy when travelling with friends or family to borrow something in case you’re forget it, such as toothpaste or hairspray and such. But when you’re with strangers, it can be off putting to ask for such things. Make a list of what you use often and might need so you don’t forget to pack it later.
Be open with your new friends and get to know each other. Like I said, people are only strangers for a short time. Try and find something that connects you together, even if it’s as simple as a mutual activity or favorite book. You’re more likely to make better memories and have a better time if you get to know your fellow travelers.
It’s difficult meeting new people in general, let alone when travelling and seeing new places. As long as you feel confident and comfortable with the trip itself, it will make the process significantly less stressful and scary.
Are you up to travelling with strangers? If so, where do you want to go?