Are you planning on travelling to Cape Town solo? As ironic as it may sound to travel solo rarely means to travel alone. In fact travelling solo often means we are likely to socialise more than we would travelling with friends. However never@home still understands those nerves and ‘what ifs’ you are feeling. So let us help you with some of our most successful ways of meeting others during your solo travel.
Go to The Randy Warthog
never@home doesn’t have its bar and grill there for the sake of it. We know that a hostel bar offers the perfect opportunity for backpackers, especially solo travellers, to socialise. The pool is always a good meeting hub. Remember you already have something in common with the guy sitting on the sun lounger reading his book next to you – and that’s the fact that you have both chosen to stay at the hippest hostel in Cape Town! So don’t be shy! Also check out our event nights such as Braai and Beer pong night. These are brilliant ways to meet others whilst having fun.
Go on a free tour
Most cities offer free walking tours where you can go along and explore your new travel destination with other like minded travellers. Cape Town is no different, well actually maybe slightly, as it offers a selection of free walking tours and even a free cycling tour! Our personal favourite is the free Woodstock Street Art Tour. TIP: Tours are completely free, however, we encourage you to tip if you enjoy your time. https://www.facebook.com/capetownfreewalkingtours
Take advantage of social media
Ok, let’s be honest, we all use social media when travelling anyway so why not use it to your advantage. Before travelling to Cape Town, post that you are travelling here. Ask your friends if they have any recommendations or know anyone that lives here. People love to share their experiences so it’s likely you will get some cool positive replies.
Cook more food than you need
So you have cooked too much pasta than you need, you’re probably not going to eat it tomorrow, so see if there are any other hungry travellers in the communal kitchen. Offering your grub to someone else in the hostel opens up the opportunity to start a conversation (especially if you cook well)
You look so much more approachable with a smile on your face. Even if you are nervous on the inside, a smile on the outside automatically puts others at ease. It makes you look happy and approachable, so other backpackers will be more inclined to smile back or make conversation.
Don’t be too cool for school
Travelling is not the time to play it cool – everyone you meet knows something that you don’t in some way or another. So step out of your comfort zone and go up to that girl sitting alone in the lobby, say “hi” to the guy looking a little lost outside the dorms and accept the invitation to grab a few sun downers. They are highly likely to be in the same situation as you and will be so grateful you made the effort.
With all of this being said you may not build up a friendship on your first day in Cape Town. Sometimes you will meet someone on your first day of arriving and will be with them for the rest of your trip, but other times it may take a little longer. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself – Rome wasn’t built in a day – friendships are the same.