Connect with Others When You Travel Solo

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Connect with Others When You Travel Solo

Traveling solo is flexible but can be lonely.  Eventually everyone wants a conversation with another human being. Here are some ways to connect overseas with other English speakers. And of course, not get killed or kidnapped in the process.

Note: before you go anywhere with a ‘new’ friend, do 2 important things:

1. Call their cell phone so you get a phone contact. Share it with someone even if that person is not with you at the time.

2. Take a photo of the new friend’s national identity card. Again, share it with another person. If your friend does not have an official identity card, don’t go. (Most countries require a national id card to be carried all the time).

10 Easy Ways to Find Company

  1. Ask if your college or university has alumni in country. You should start by contacting the Admissions Office, then the Development Office.  My university has both alumni overseas and faculty working on interesting projects overseas.  You can also ask if an alumna is in the Peace Corps overseas.
  2. Find an affinity group you belong to: industry or trade group, Rotary, garden club with international affiliates, church organization etc. Visit them or attend their events locally. An example might be visiting a project that an organization has sponsored. NYU sponsors some archaeological digs in Cyprus as an example.
  3. Check out English speaking newspapers overseas. You can usually find a listing on such as this one:  Remember to scan similar lists of English-UK-Australian etc. ezines.  These local newsletters/magazines will also give you an idea of the real street level issues in country that you might find helpful also.  Put an alert on your phone for news before you travel; much of what you will get might come from local ezines.
  4. Look for local English-speaking events: some might be in book stores and some might come from Britain’s active busy English speaking events overseas.
  5. Expat sites usually list events in different countries. Examples are
  6. or You might find you belong to a local club that partners with an overseas one?
  7. There are cult guidebooks which attract American groups. Let’s Go written by Harvard Juniors and Seniors often mentions free specials read by other solos, who want the deal. It also mentions casual cafeterias, where again, you are likely to find other solos.
  8. My personal favorite ‘meet people’ guidebook is Time Out Book of Country Walks. 52 walks from London-one each week, described for difficulty. Each has a time to be at a train station, where to stop for lunch, how to cut the walk short etc. It is likely you will see others doing the same walk, boarding the same train. (This clever book has train times for fast walkers, slow pokes, singles, gay people with the idea of facilitating meet ups.)
  9. Increasingly review sites like Yelp are used overseas. In a very local restaurant in a non-touristy area of Paris, I found myself talking to another American who also came because of Yelp.
  10. Don’t forget there are opportunities to meet others on your flight!

Finally, there is the obvious English language tour of a museum, site or walk where you find others you can speak with.  This is especially true if there is American history or a connection: Normandy beaches? The Mayflower Pub in East London? A bar showing football in Berlin?

Travel solo but not alone. Be smart. Be friendly. Be safe.

Travel Tips from The Women’s Travel Group, who organize small group tours for women who don’t want to go it solo. Instagram: thewomenstravelgroup


  • Phyllis Stoller has a BA from Tufts University, an MA from New York University and a Finance Degree from the University of the South Bank, London England. Phyllis founded the leading tour operator for women's travels in North America. After selling her company in 2006, Phyllis started a new company for women: The Womens Travel Group which she defines as Smart Tours for Women. She was voted top in women’s travel by Travel & Leisure Magazine,the first to receive this honor. Phyllis has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, Lifetime TV for Women and others. Phyllis now resides in New York and London For more information: or to join a trip this year: Phyllis Stoller Visit her web site: Follow her on Facebook: on Facebook at /toursforwomen For more information: or to join a trip this year:

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