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Meeting New People and Making Friends

For most people this is one of the most exciting parts of travel, meeting new people from all over the world and making new friends. I am one of those people and I love chatting to different people along way but it is also something I struggle with sometimes. I'm quite a shy, introverted person at times and I find it difficult to strike up conversation with people I don't know unless they have already approached me. I have always known this but never really thought about it. My friend Abi who I am travelling with is the complete opposite, she's very outgoing and is great at chatting to people which has really made me notice that I am not.

As I've said I love having the opportunity to speak to people from places I have never been and finding out more about different countries. I love making new friends and having more people to share my experiences with, I just suck at striking up a conversation! When approached I'm fine, I'm a little shy but eventually settle into the conversation but for some reason I cannot approach others. I like to think I'm a friendly person I just think I lack confidence and I feel like I'm missing out by not being more outgoing. 

I've decided I'm really going to try and make an effort to push myself out of my comfort zone and try approaching new people without relying on being spoken to first or Abi doing it for me! I've realised some of future trips are going to have to be solo so I really need to be able to put myself out there and make new friends. Some of my most amazing memories from travelling involve people I've met along the way and it's so interesting finding out more about where other people live. I also really enjoy talking to new people, it's refreshing and it's great being sociable and sharing good times so I really want to make an effort to continue doing so. 

Most traveller's I meet tend to be friendly and open to conversation, which definitely makes it easier to get chatting to someone, but I also come across shy people who aren't willing to put themselves out there. If any of you guys are the same and find it difficult talking to new people I'd love for you to comment below and let me know either how you overcome it or plan to. It'd be great to know I'm not the only one and I could use the tips!

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