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How to make friends on holiday

Jenai Laignel / 23 November 2015

Travelling solo is a highly enjoyable adventure for many – an opportunity to embrace independence to a whole new level and do whatever takes your fancy, in your own time.

New friends taking a selfie aboard a boat

However, sometimes you might feel the urge to share your experiences, whether that's with a friend or with a brand new acquaintance you've met on the road. With that in mind, here's our guide on how to make friends on holiday. 

1. Mix with like-minded people on a Special Interest Holiday

They say that opposites attract, but nobody can deny it's a wonderful feeling to talk shop with someone who shares the same hobbies and interests as you.

Saga provide a range of fantastic Special Interest Holidays tailored to suit all manner of preferences. Whether you want to talk art in Amsterdam, ramble your way through the New Forest or discover the secrets of the past with an archaeology holiday in Pompeii, we can offer you a trip to indulge in your passions and meet like-minded people en route.

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2. Choose a singles holiday

Although meeting new people is a fun and exciting prospect, approaching strangers and starting new conversations can be nerve-wracking, no matter your age. Why not make things easier with a specially tailored singles holiday or by choosing a venue which appeals to solo travellers? 

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3. Utilise the common area

Whether you are most likely to be found propping up the hotel bar, relaxing in the lounge with a good book, or joining in with the hotel's entertainment, just being present in the company of others in a communal space can serve to strike up conversations.

Cruise holidays are great as they offer a real community spirit and the opportunity to bump into the same faces throughout the duration, and smaller or boutique hotels are often run by hosts who enjoy getting to know their guests and impart knowledge of the local area, sometimes over a nightcap.

4. Brush up your foreign language skills

One of the most interesting things about travel is experiencing different cultures and ways of life. Learning a new language can help you connect on a deeper level to the local community and possibly make a few new friends abroad. At the very least you might be able to help out your fellow travel companions when they need to order a beer or ask where the toilets are!

5. Try new activities

If there is something you have always wanted to try, be it scuba diving or a cooking class, take advantage if the opportunity presents itself. Not only will you acquire a skill but learning something new with other people can be a bonding experience you will treasure forever.

Saga provide a range of fantastic holidays tailored for solo travellers, many without a single supplement. View our range of Singles Holidays now – you won't be disappointed. 


The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated. The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.