Yo! We are Cloe and Bernard Van De Velde

Hi folks! We are a happy couple from Belgium, who decided to leave our cozy home in Antwerp in favor of discovering the magic of faraway lands. Our thirst for adventure calls to us and we are always looking for new interesting places to visit.

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Tips For Meeting People When You Travel Alone

Traveling alone can be a great opportunity to make new connections and explore a location with the freedom of only yourself as your company and no one to hold you back.  New adventures are made possible when you have the freedom of only yourself and no one else to have to make decisions on your itinerary with.

You never know what kind of adventure is waiting for you when you strike up a conversation with a stranger.  They might know about a secret location that you have never heard of. Or perhaps they own a huge yacht that they want to take you on but you would have never known unless you talked to them.  Here are some tips for meeting people even if you’re shy.

Go To Bars

Bars are places where people are naturally inclined to interact with each other. Between the alcohol flowing which tends to make people less inhibited and more inspired to talk to one another, and the fact that bars are places created to meet new people, it can be a great way to start talking.

Try choosing a stool at the bar to sit at and strike up a conversation with the bartender.  Once you get a rapport going you can start to interact with the other people sitting at the bar.  If you are staying in this location for a few days start coming back to the same bar so you can start to build a relationship.

Use Social Media / Meet Up Apps

Social media is a great way to get to know people in your area.  You can usually find groups on Facebook of similar people also looking to make new friends.  All it takes is a simple post and usually, people will start liking what you write and responding to it and you can start to make plans to meet up.

Another popular way to meet people in a new place is using meetup sites like Tinder.  If you aren’t interested in anything romantic just make sure to specify that on your profile so there is no confusion.

Smile More

Smiling more makes you more approachable and people are more likely to not only receive you with a more friendly manner, but they will also be more likely to come to you for conversation.  Smiling is a way to soften your general attitude and people are soothed by a friendly face.

Don’t Be Afraid To Strike Up Conversation

If you are someone who is naturally shy it can be nerve-wracking to try to start a conversation with someone you don’t know.  This is a skill that must be worked like a muscle.  Keep practicing and in no time you will be ready to talk to anyone!

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