The New York Times - A Solo Traveler’s Guide to Meeting People

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By Stephanie Rosenbloom

When you are traveling solo, it’s not always a breeze to strike up a conversation with a stranger.

In fact, how do you meet other single travelers or locals in the first place? And if you’re looking for friendship — or even something more — how do you ensure that amid all the fun you don’t neglect to take safety precautions?

Before we get to tactics, it’s helpful to know that you are likely to be rewarded for overcoming apprehensions about approaching someone new when you’re on the road.

“It's easy to imagine all the ways things will go badly or believe that this person doesn’t want to connect,” said Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. But if you reach out, he continued, “almost everybody reaches back.”

The app Skout enables travelers to meet locals or one another wherever they are, be it a concert in London or a soccer game in Barcelona.

Read the full article here.