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Finding New Friends While Travelling Is Not Always Easy

Finding New Friends While Travelling Is Not Always Easy

Backpackers, Travel Bloggers, Digital Nomads, Female Solo Travellers, we all have different ways on how we choose to travel. Whether we decide to do it solo or with a partner, we all eventually at times find ourselves struggling to connect with others.

In a previous blog on Travello, we talked about how travelling can open the door to meeting the most amazing people, friends you will keep for life. However, that is not always the case, travelling can be lonely at times as well, it’s not always so easy to make friends everywhere straight away.

I remember the first time I left my country to travel solo, I was on my way to Asia with no one next to me to share the adventure or to lean on when things don’t go as planned. Till that trip, I’ve never realized how hard it can be to meet other people while travelling, and it is not because of lack of skills to do so, is just that people come and go so fast in hostels that it makes it hard to make a quick connection with others.

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Travel bloggers spend a lot of their time alone. “Being a solo traveller that is usually working on the road makes it harder to meet others. Hostels are usually out, as a blogger you need a reliable work place and deadlines can mean you are in and out far too quickly. The bonus is this makes you seek out connections with locals so you can gain a better understanding of a destination”. – Dan Flying Solo –

There is also that part of matching trips between travellers that make things harder, especially for those who are constantly travelling around the world driven by the need to go off the map and hunt down the places where other travellers wouldn’t normally go.

Steph Dyson from Wordly Adventurer believes that “sometimes it’s conducive to writing, specially when visiting places where having a new travel buddy joining her for a hitchhiking adventure would make her feel safer, or be a good distraction on a long journey”. The speed of traveling is another factor for Steph because she “ has a tendency to travel far slower than other backpackers, meaning that it leaves fewer opportunities to meet a new companion and disappear traveling with them”.

Travel blogging can be the most amazing career, but it also makes it very difficult for them to connect with others. Unlike everyone else in the hostel they always got a deadline hanging over their shoulders, social media to schedule or some emails to send – Steph Dyson-

Travelling with a partner can make you feel lonely sometimes too. “Some people consider that travelling as a couple would never make you feel lonely, but that is not always true. It can be very difficult to find new relationships on the road because you tend to pigeonhole yourself to just being with that one person. Even though it’s incredible for the relationship and you grow infinitely stronger and closer, you can miss out on a lot of the solo-travel experience when you’ve got your rock with you”. – Ava Pendl – 

These stories reminded me a conversation with a friend about her trip through USA with her partner, she told me she found it really hard to meet other couples with the same interests and plans in order to organize some adventures together. There is also that part of needing time alone, but sometimes it is difficult because you were travelling as a couple so you never thought on meeting others separately.

And that is only the physical aspect of meeting people, there is also the online world, where options like Facebook groups offer travellers the opportunity to connect with others in travel groups, however a comment can get lost between the other hundreds of posts published per day, and if you are looking for specific information within those groups it is almost impossible without scrolling down and having to check every single post.

Luckily we have now social networks specific for travellers like Travello, where meeting others is a tap away. There is no need to know the person before hand to be able to connect, plus with the “Groups” feature you can find specific information that is only related to what you need and want. This feature also allows you to see who is in there so it is easier to connect. While if you have a trip planned you can add that into Travello and see who else is planning to be in that same destination at the same time as you.

So if you ever find it hard to meet other people in a future or current destination, remember that Travello (Download here) gives you the amazing benefit of connecting with others with similar interests. Connecting with others is just a signup away.

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Life changing people you meet while travelling

Life changing people you meet while travelling

Being an adventurer traveller can be rough sometimes, moments when you feel lonely and defenceless. Facing situations that make you realise how far away you are from all those that you reach when you are in need; whether it is a relative or a friend, all of them are miles away from you.

Have you ever found yourself stuck inside a train across China for 24 hours, travelling by mistake in a carriage that is probably considered like 5th class, with no seat, surrounded with people that do not speak your language and that are probably wondering what is this crazy foreigner doing here?

Well, I did. But the best part of these stories are not the upside downs or what I went through to endure the trips. What was totally worth it and I’ll always remember are those kind and selfless characters that without knowing me put their time and effort to ease the discomfort, those who changed my life forever.

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But this story is one of many. For Travel Blogger Wendy was Catarina and her taxi called Milano 25, the best taxi ride ever.

“It looked like she and her car escaped out of a fairy-tale. She inherited the taxi from her partner who died of cancer and to whom she promised to keep driving the car. Besides her work as a very special cabdriver, she also arranges free rides to the hospital for little cancer patients. She turns the trip into a party and makes them forget the misery for a while (Click here to read more about her story). – Wendy

People you meet while travelling that make you see life in a different way. Someone once told Travel Vlogger Sian Galbraith from Sians Travel Diary: “While travelling you can meet the most amazing, interesting, inspiring people for one day and never see them again”.

“I always remember the ones that changed my life, especially a man I met in Chiang Mai travelling with his daughter. Full of stories from around the world he truly inspired me to live my life to the fullest. I thought I had been, until I met him and I realised I had so much more to experience. So for that, I thank him from the bottom of my heart”. – Sian Galbraith-

Or like Douk in Cambodia  the most memorable face Travel Blogger Daniel James (from Dan Flying Solo) has ever met.

“For many, he would be a beggar quickly dismissed, but to me he was a businessman. Taking time out to enjoy a drink together in Pub Street he told me about his life story and how he tragically lost his arms. The fact he still came to work each day, selling his book collection impressed me. He gifted me a copy of ‘Cambodian for beginners’ so we would be able to understand each other better next time I visited. It’s still in my backpack 18 months on and it’s a gesture I’ll never forget (Click here to read more about this story)”. -Dan-

Travelling sometimes comes with getting the ticket for the wrong destination, delayed flights or loosing your connection, that is when people you’ve met, your Airbnb host, or even the owner from the hostels become those friends you reach when you are in need.

Katie from Creative Travel Guide and her friend had to reach their hostel when they found themselves stuck at Chengdu Airport in China.

“It was super late after a delayed flight and we couldn’t get a taxi for an hour! Rang the hostel and they immediately sent out their driver. Turned out the driver was the hostel owner who was pushing 80 and whose daughters ran the hostel for him. He was the sweetest little man we have ever met! He also drove us to the Leshan Buddha the following day, spoke no word of English but yet we felt like we could really connect with him as the attempted to direct us around the Buddha”. – Katie-

Also some of our ambassadors have experienced some of these issues themselves. Shelley Treadway from The Four Explore had to reach their Airbnb host when they missed their connection train in Naples and later ended up on a train back to their original destination AGAIN!! Lucky for them he offered to pick them up and take them to his second home. What a relief!

“When we first met Marco we immediately knew he would be a lifelong friend. We spend the following days visiting him at his work as curator of the ancient Greek ruins of Paestum and grabbing the best pizza at his favourite local pizza restaurant. He knew EVERYONE and always made sure we knew where to go and how to get there.

When we met Marco I saw Italy in a new light. The friendship we forged will undoubtedly last a lifetime”. – Shelley –

 

Finally there are those you meet through Social Networks. Which according to Travel Blogger Ana Asanovic despite the fact that they are of different age, sex or occupation they all share the same trait: they are warm, friendly and hospitable people, willing to share everything and asking nothing in return. That is what makes them unique and special.

“I’ve been so lucky to meet great people during my travels. They mostly came through Couchsurfing and with the ones I bonded we still keep in touch even though we live in different corners of the world. Having locals like that in a new country is something priceless. People who cook delicious local food, introduce you to their family and friends, and make room for you in their busy lives”. – Ana-

Local hosts can make your trip flow easier because they know the city and can also speak your language. They make you feel safe and comfortable, and sometimes give you that boost of confidence to keep going to new places knowing that you’ll be able to find someone that will make you feel at home. Brenda Mejía from Traveleira shared with us how she met some of the most amazing people while traveling.

“ While staying in Malmo, Sweden for my first trip I was lucky enough to have a Chilean Couchsurfing hostess that made my first trip abroad a lot more comfortable. Going home and being able to speak on my same language or about things that we were both familiar made my transition to become a real traveller a lot better.

And while in Oslo, Norway I had the chance to be hosted by Daisy through Airbnb, one of the sweetest hostess and persons I’ve ever met in my life. She treated all of us her guests like we were part of her own family and made our stays a lot more comfortable and fun. I’m hoping I can see her again soon!” – Brenda G. Mejía-

That is the beauty of Social Networks for Travellers like Travello, they allow us to reach and connect with different characters around the world, people that could become friends for life or help us through difficult times.

So if you ever need help from locals or others travellers, remember that Travello (Download here) gives you the amazing benefit of connecting with others before you get to your destination or while you are traveling. In our app connecting with others is just a signup away.

Thank you to all the Bloggers and Vloggers for their contribution to create this article. If you want to know more about them follow them on Social Media

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It’s True, A Journey Is Best Measured In Friends, Rather Than Miles

It’s True, A Journey Is Best Measured In Friends, Rather Than Miles

One of my favorite parts of traveling is the uncertainty of what I could encounter, but the most exciting part for me is the thrill of the unknown as to all the interesting people I will meet along the way. We can predict to a certain degree what we are going to see, but not the unpredictable nature of whom we will meet a long the way. Some of these characters will become part of our lives and stories, and others will change our lives forever.

After cooling down ourselves with a couple of beers in the garden of our hostel in Chiang Mai, me and some other travelers started wondering, how real, strong and long-lasting are the friendships you make while traveling? How those amazing and fun travel mates you get to know just for a couple of hours or days, in places like hostels, buses or trains can become long last friendships?

This conversation came to my mind the other day and couldn’t take it out of my head, so I decided to ask other Travel Bloggers their thought on this topic of meeting new friends while traveling, a perfect question for these adventurers that spend most of their time traveling around the world.

According to Travel Blogger Chantell Glenville (Travel For Your Life) there’s a big misconception that the friendships you make while traveling don’t last or aren’t real. She met some of her best friends and favorite people in the world while traveling. It is true that sometimes time defines the depth of the connection with others, like those friends we make during our childhood or school days, but it is not only time what creates that connection, is also sharing the same ideas or situations.

Travel Bloggers Emma & Yannick from Luxurybackpacking (they sent pictures as well) have become happier people and with a more positive mind-set than before by connecting with everyone along the road. Especially because most of them share their attitude towards being independent and not being stuck in a 9 to 5 job in a certain location.

Sometimes the connection that happens is so deep after hours of conversation that you continue traveling together or stay in touch for years creating a stronger bond. And giving both parts the opportunity to have someone across the globe that will be there for you as a friend. Like Travel Blogger Alice Pye (attached picture) who collects friends from around the world, not just stamps. In her own words, “Travelling has rewarded her with some pretty incredible people. A lot of them are what she would call best friends even though they live on the other side of the world! She has made friends in nearly every continent.”

Or for Lola Méndez (Miss Filatelista) who believes that travel friends are great because you’ve already connected over a shared passion and will have endless conversations about your past travels, current adventures and dream destinations. Travel-friendships have a tendency to last across cultures, borders and time zones.

But is not only time, Age is no barrier to friendship – at home we gravitate to our own age groups, travel friends are old and young. Just like what Regitse Cecillie Rosenvinge (The Copenhagen Traveller) experienced by meeting different people. “I’ve met some of my favorite people while traveling. When you dare to venture out in this world, you meet the most amazing people from all over the globe – young, old and from different cultural layers”. Without making it sound a bit cheese: creating friends from other cultures is the biggest gift you can give yourself. – Regitse Cecillie Rosenvinge (The Copenhagen Traveller)

Because when we decide to step out of your normal comfort zones for meeting new friends we could end up finding the craziest characters in the world. If you don’t believe me, ask Megan Seamans & Andrew Johnston from Indefinite Travel whose favorite part of traveling is meeting people along the way. From the hitchhikers they picked up in Costa Rica to the man they are pretty sure was running from the law in Oahu. Travel friends always have the greatest stories to tell.

Even that night at the hostel we all agreed that you can have a deep connection with people you just met and some of them can even become friends for life, because time, distance or age are not the only factors that define how strong a friendship will be. Its the fact that you meet people that just like you, decided to leave their comfort zone in order to travel around the world, those who help when you when you are completely alone in a foreign country without knowing you or asking anything in return. Because being vulnerable with others is what sometimes helps us connect.

So if you ever have issues connecting with others in a new destination, remember that Travello (Download here) gives you the amazing benefit of connecting with others before you get to your destination or while you are traveling. Connecting with others is just a signup away on Travello.

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8 Best Restaurants & Bars in Bali you must visit

8 Best Restaurants & Bars in Bali you must visit

Best Restaurants and Bars in Bali

I’ve been living in Australia for the last two years and if there is a destination all Aussies love is Bali. The other month I decided it was time for me to visit this place, so I bought my airplane ticket, packed my bags and invited one of my girlfriends to join me.

She decided to make all the arrangements for us and plan the entire trip. The first idea that came to our mind was to experience the whole “Eat, Pray,Love” thing that most girls have in mind after watching the movie, but after the fourth day we realised we got stocked on the “Eat” part. And who could blame us after visiting the Best Bars and restaurants in Bali -according to us.

So here is the list of the places I think you shouldn’t miss if you are travelling to this wonderful destination:

 

  1. REVOLVER ESPRESSO:

Revolver esspresso

Their menu is based on Western food and is probably my favourite coffee shop in the heart of Seminyak, is perfect for breakfast and a cup of coffee or tea in the morning. The food and service are outstanding, the staff is super friendly and there is not a dish you’ll dislike. The dessert bar is as good as the rest of the food -a bit dangerous if you are trying to keep that bikini body. Would highly recommend to go there before 10 if you don’t want to wait for a table because the place is completely packed most of the time – but believe me there is a good reason for that.

Cons: Long wait to get a table for breakfast.

You’ll pay around 11 AUD (8USD) for a full breakfast with a coffee or tea.

 

  1. MOTEL MEXICOLA:

Motel Mexicola

Being a Mexican myself I can say that this place offers proper Traditional Mexican Food – never thought that I could find this treat in Asia. Not only the food takes you to Mexico, but the entire decoration is perfectly chosen to bring back memories from home. Even though the place is big sometimes is hard to move around or find a place to sit after 8:00pm. The drinks menu includes the Traditional “Michelada” – perfect drink to cure a hangover.

After dinner this place offers some nice music to have a couple of drinks and meet some people. Good place to party.

Cons: If your intention is to have a quiet night Motel Mexicola is not the place go. The music can be really loud sometimes and is hard to have a conversation.

My friend and I spent around 150 AUD for both (110 USD) for a very good dinner and several drinks.

 

  1. CHANDI RESTAURANT:

CHANDI BALI

Offers traditional Balinese Cuisine and takes it tot he next level. It’s fancy look could be a bit intimidating for some travellers but don’t let that stop you from going in, specially if you are there between 4 and 6pm when it is “Happy Hour Menu and Small Foods” hour. The sizes of the dishes are actually small but the food melts in your mouth. The food and the drinks were so good that we decided to stay longer and have dinner there. If you love coconut as much as I do, then you definitely need to try their “Frozen Coconut Vanilla Rumballa” is the perfect cocktail.

Cons: Prices outside Happy Hour are a bit dear, you could easily spend more than 100 AUD between two.

 

  1. KU DE TA:

KU DE TA POOL VIEW

Not only a Beach Club to spend the day chilling by the pool and the sea but a great place to watch the sunset, eat dinner and have a few drinks. The menu includes a wide range of dishes that go from Balinese to Japanese to Italian, so there are a lot of options to choose from. Their cocktail menu is also very diverse and each one of them is definitely unique and worth trying.

They have different settings for each type of customer, so you could go as a family and sit on a nice table, or choose a pool bed to have a more romantic setting.

Cons: Definitely need to reserve your spot if you want to see the sunset there because the place is completely packed around 5.

We had several drinks, snacks and dinner there and the bill was around 200 AUD (150 USD) for the entire day.

 

  1. SINGLE FIN Bar:

SINGLE FIN

The first thing to love about this place is the view, perfect for a sunset, to chill, have a drink and order the “Tomato & Olive Bruschetta” from the Menu -if you feel a bit peckish they are the perfect snack to enjoy with a cold beer and an ocean view. The place has several decks so you don’t have to worry about missing the sunset. They set a nice environment with the music they play, easy to enjoy if you go there by yourself or with a couple of friends. If you are a bit more active there is a path to go down the cliff and swim in the sea. Heaps of surfers there, so if you like it don’t forget to take your board and swimsuit with you.

Cons: If you are staying in Seminyak this place is not close, so you’ll need a taxi or shuttle service to get there and back. It is located in Uluwatu, which is about 45 minutes away from Seminyak.

The amount for a beer and a Snack is about 12 AUD (10 USD).

 

  1. SISTERFIELDS:

SISTERFIELDS BALI

Nice restaurant located in the heart of Seminyak that serves a wide range of Western dishes, highly recommend for breakfast or lunch. The portions of the plates are very generous and could be easily shared between two. If you visit the restaurant do not miss out the polenta fries – Completely loved them!. The location is great if you want to spend the rest of your morning shopping as it is located almost in front of Seminyak square and just a couple of blocks away from Kayu Ay Market (Flea market).

Cons: Long waiting list at rush hours.

You’ll spend for a dish and a drink around 17 AUD (13 USD).

 

  1. GINGER MOON:

GINGER MOON BALI DISH

Another great spot to eat Balinese Cuisine is this restaurant; they have a great tasting menu that includes a wide range of delicious dishes to try. My friend and I were more that full by the time we got to the dessert. At the beginning you think they serve very small portions per dish, but believe me is more than enough for two. I would highly recommend trying this option it if you visit the restaurant. The staff was friendly and the place is very nice to enjoy a lovely dinner.

Cons: Need to book in advance to get a table.

Dinner for two including drinks was about 120 AUD (100 USD).

 

  1. LA FAVELA:

LA FAVELA BALI

If you are looking for a place where you could enjoy a nice quiet dinner and then have a crazy night out without having to move around, then “La Favela” is the perfect place for you. The food is really good here – the baked Brie and bread platter is super good, the bread comes straight out of the oven and the cheese is just perfect. Before 9 the environments is pretty quiet and relaxed, you can have a nice chat and drinks before the craziness starts. Decoration is unique and something you shouldn’t miss.

After 10:00pm this place turns into a wild nightclub with people dancing and drinking to the rhythm of the strangest mixes.

Cons: When is time to change from restaurant to nightclub the staff take this seriously and moves the dinner tables and chairs without even asking. So don’t expect much courtesy from them and be completely prepared. If you are having dinner try to plan your schedule so you don´t get your table taken away while you are eating your dinner –NOT joking, they actually do it.

Also have your wallet ready because the prices of drinks rise to double or triple when it turns into a nightclub.

So if you are travelling to Bali or you are already there and wondering what to eat visit some of these restaurants and Bars, you won’t be disappointed.

Check my future blogs if you want more tips and recommendations for several destinations.

 

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