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Backpacking Holidays: A Social Way to Travel
Backpacking holidays can be one of the most sociable ways to travel. From embarking on a gap year with friends, to taking a sabbatical alone, a backpacking trip is a good way to meet like-minded souls along the way. In order to make the most of your voyage, there are a few things you can do when renting a room to guarantee you make a bevy of new mates…
Renting a room
If your intention is to broaden your horizons and meet a variety of people then staying in a shared dormitory is a must. Move out of your comfort zone and rent a room with other people. While staying in a dormitory may seem scary at first, there is no better way to cement new friendships than through sleeping in bunk beds and having a giggle. By sharing a communal space like this you instantly make yourself more approachable and are more likely to go out to eat and participate in other activities with different groups from the hostel.
A different option, if you don’t want to rent a room, is couch surfing! Many backpackers enjoy this way of travelling as it can be a good way of networking and making new contacts. It involves signing up to certain websites in order to find people who have a free sofa for you to sleep on and is usually completely free!
Another popular alternative among backpackers is to rent a room in a private flat or house. It’s the least expensive and best choice for long-term stays and means that you meet not only other backpackers but also local residents, who can show you a different side to your destination. In most cities you will find adverts to rent a room on local pin boards and newspapers, but bear in mind you will often need to commit to a minimum term, usually of around 3 months.
While meeting new people is mostly a rich and rewarding experience, always remember to stay safe and keep your friends and family back home informed of wherever you are staying.