Trekking the globe is an experience we often want to share with our loved ones, though the best kind of traveling is best done alone, with Travel and Leisure explaining that “you want to experience the world without the influence of a friend or partner’s tastes, prejudices, or preferences.” But the road can get lonely at times when we’re on our own, and as humans, we long for companionship even on our solo travels. Thanks to the growth in mobile internet, loneliness on our trips is no longer an issue we have to contend with.
Technology has components that helps turn strangers into friends, and in some cases into family, as Bingo Port revealed that two long-time online bingo buddies recently discovered they were sisters and reconnected through Facebook. Despite people arguing that our gadgets can also handicap physical interaction, there’s absolutely no doubt that smartphones have helped us bridge ties with like minded people across the globe, making new friends along our journey around the world.
Road Warrior Voices shares a host of travel buddy finding tools, both tried-and-tested, and here are some of my favorites:
Use this app to share details of upcoming trips to see if there are any overlaps with you and fellow users. You can also use Tripstir to search for recommendations on places to check out in your travel destination, and find inspiration for holidays and possibly join fellow travelers on their adventures.
Wondering if there are other fellow wanderlusters staying in or nearby your hotel? Find others that have checked into the same area and meet them at events, restaurants and other establishments in your neighborhood.
Backingpacking on your own for the first time doesn’t have to be a terrifying experience. Once you have this niche travel app, you can search for other backpackers with the same interests or similar travel points and organize meet-ups.