There’s nothing better than traveling the world with the love of your life. I mean, it even sounds dreamy. You get to explore new environments and live freely, yet still enjoy the depth of connection that you share. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Still, traveling as a couple can throw up its own challenges. Nomadic couples must deal with spending time together almost constantly, making decisions and dealing with tough situations, and too. It can get pretty intense.
One of the ways you can reduce the intensity of traveling together, and find more balance in your life on the road, is to make an effort to meet new people, both as an individual and together as a couple.
Meeting new people is totally natural and necessary for a solo traveler. You wouldn’t last long alone in a foreign country before seeking companionship. Couples already have a companion, and in this respect it doesn’t seem as vital to make new friends, but if you want a happy and sustainable relationship then you should probably make the effort. One person can not give you everything.
The first step is to remain open and receptive to others, even when you are together. You don’t want to give people the impression that you want to be left alone in your cosy couply bubble (unless you do). Try being less ‘couply‘ in social situations to make others feel more comfortable engaging you. Often you will have to make the first move and strike up conversations yourself.
When we traveled alone, we would often stay in dorm rooms to keep costs down and to easily meet other travelers. When traveling as a couple, we find that we gravitate towards more comfortable living quarters such as hotels, Air B&Bs, or rented apartments. Missing out on the easy meeting of hostel dorm rooms (where we Two Drifters first met!) is something of a disadvantage when it comes to meeting people, but you can make the most of your luxurious abode by inviting friends round for dinner parties or gatherings. This is an excellent way to make new friends. If you are struggling for ideas, why not invite people over for a game of poker ? There are lots of options for a fun night in.
It also helps to be deliberate about your activities. We know, ‘Netflix and chill’ nights are cheap and cheerful, but getting out of the house and meeting new people is rewarding in a different sense.
I like to have a shared purpose with the people I’m meeting. I find it easier to get to know people this way. For me, volunteering is one of the best ways to meet locals and travelers alike. Use sites like Workaway to find opportunities to do something you would enjoy, and whilst also broadening your horizons.
If volunteering isn’t your thing, then consider groups and clubs, tour guides, or simply hang around in popular local or tourist bars and get chatting. We’ve met some great people on tours or at local hot spots, and it often gives you not only new friends, but more ideas on what to see and do in your destination.
Traveling as a couple is a beautiful way to see the world and experience life. Meeting new people together is just one way to make the lifestyle even more enjoyable. Have fun!