Fed up of or afraid to travel alone?  Don’t have 3 friends who are available when you are, or aren’t interested in the same things?  There exists an alternative!  Try an active Retreat holiday and discover the best trips to meet like-minded travellers.

That’s right, there are lots of other people out there in the same situation, and many even share your same passions.  You are not alone anymore, so stop hesitating and start living out your greatest vacation dreams!  Where can you meet these people, and where will you go?  All the legwork has been done for you.  Every day, short trips are booked and travellers are grouped together according to destination, and type of activities.  Now you can savour unique travel experiences with globe-trotters who want the same things and are ready to take on the challenge.  No more convincing your old pals to come with you on a yoga retreat or hiking excursion.  No more fear about who you will find there; Retreaters have a lot in common!

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Types of People You Might Meet

The Adrenaline Junkie:

They thrive on the thrill of physical activity, and love to test their limits.  Be it Kitesurfing, Scuba Diving, Jiu Jitsu training, or Boot Camp workouts, they’re all in.  For them, travel is synonymous with pushing boundaries, with finding the edge and they love to feel the blood pumping through their veins.  Are you an adrenaline junkie?  Want to meet some?

 

Cross-Country Crusader:

Some travellers just can’t stop at one place.  It’s always “let’s do more!”, and they won’t slow down until they’ve seen as many towns, villages, mountains, beaches, and rivers as possible.  They’re afraid of nothing, and adapt to every situation.  Sleep is for later, and life is short, so let’s try this amazing restaurant in the next town for lunch!  And they do come home with some amazing stories.

 

The Culture Enthusiast:

These people love discovering new parts of the world to explore other languages, music, dance, food, architecture, and history.  Curious minds which crave knowledge and enlightenment always gravitate toward each other.  You don’t need to be an archeologist to enjoy the pyramids of Egypt or the ancient caves of Peru.  And why enjoy them alone?

 

Fanatic Foodies:

Who doesn’t love to eat?  If you’re satisfied with the local deli cuisine or the same 5 recipes found at home every week, you’ve got a lot to discover!  And if you do enjoy to cook or just sample flavours from all over the world… no one enjoys the company of foodies like other foodies!  Hungry for some inspiration?  Try some authentic paella in Spain alongside people who appreciate the adventure as much as you do.

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Too Many People Travel Solo

Our society is seeing more and more people staying single, living alone, and losing social skills due to technology replacing real interaction.  As a result, too many travel alone and stay alone when they get to their destination.

The portion of people worldwide who travel on their own, surveyed between 2013 and 2015, grew from 15% to 24%

Between early 2015 and late 2017, Google searches using keywords “solo travel” increased drastically.  Across the internet as a whole, there was about a 40% increase in searches related to travelling alone.

18% of over 44,000 travelers polled in 2016 said they would try solo travel for the first time in 2016.

A survey of 21,000 global travelers (May 2018) found there is huge upward trend in solo travel.  Almost 40% of Baby-Boomers took trips alone in the past year, and an additional 21% plan to take one in the near future.  Around 25% of Millennials plan solo trip within next 2 years, and the numbers are growing.

But did they leave their apartment where they live alone, to trek across the globe just to stay alone?  We don’t think so.

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Perils of Travelling Alone

It’s not just our opinion, but many sociological studies have concluded that staying alone during holidays has several negative effects.  These include making people crave isolation, creating too many long-distance friendships (which are usually not sustained), limiting the education and enriching experiences they will enjoy, degrading conversation skills, and eventually even making them “undateable”.  Those interviewed said they didn’t meet that many people while travelling solo (even with intentions of mingling) on traditional vacations.  They found it very difficult to make impactful connections while abroad, felt lonely, and came home with nothing but temporary acquaintances.

 

All the more reason to try an organized Retreat Holiday alongside people you will instantly bond with.  Now… where will you go?

 

About the Author: Sal Ragusa was born in 1976, and has lived half his life in Toronto and the other half in Montreal, where he currently resides. His comical and sometimes profound Social Media Posts are all the rage among his followers, and after years of being told that he should share his writing skills with the world, Sal has decided to bring his works to market.