How to Find a Travel Buddy (Step-By-Step Guide)

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So, you want to travel, but you have no one to travel with.

That's tough.

There's nothing like wanting to do something but feeling as though you can't.

I've got good news for you, though.

You can still travel!

And, no, I don't mean that you can travel solo, although that's totally an option.

If you want to travel with someone, you just need to find the right person.

Today, I'm going to walk you through how to find a perfect travel buddy.

And, you can use this advice whether you live in South America, United States, New Zealand, Russia, Japan, or pretty much anywhere else.

Ready to get started?

Let's go!

Free Step-By-Step Guide to Finding the Best Travel Buddies via Meetup


This guide makes finding great travel buddies easy!

I'll walk you through meeting new people via Meetup.

Nervous about asking them to travel with you? No worries.

You can use the ones I wrote.

This printable PDF is exactly what you need to help you finally find your travel buddies!

Ask Your Friends and Family


You might think that your friends and family don't want to travel but have you ever actually asked?

Before you assume that they're not interested in being one of your travel partners, you should really ask.

And, don't just say, "Hey, do you want to travel with me sometime?"

That open ended question is super easy to say yes to because there's no commitment.

So, your friends and family might answer yes, and then not be able to when you finally come up with dates and costs for the trip.

Come up with a specific destination and a month that you'd like to visit during.

I'd also encourage you to determine tentative flight and hotel costs before asking, as well.

A general cost is something they'll want to know before committing to the trip.

After all, it's tough to consider saying yes to such a big question without knowing if you can even afford it.

Remember, that if they say no, it likely has very little to do with you and how much they like you.

Their answer likely reflects their current budget or time constraints.

So, make sure you don't take it personally.

Find New Friends


If you're friends and family say no, find some new friends who have the same passion for travel that you do.

I'm not saying that you need to replace your friends, you just need to add some new ones.

Now, if the thought of making friends makes you want to throw-up, know that you're not alone.

I HATE making friends. I love having them, though. (Shout out to any of my friends who are reading this post! 😉)

I'm a pretty awkward person, especially around people that I don't know very well.

Still, no matter how uncomfortable it is, it must be done.

Unless, you're fine with traveling solo because that's still totally an option. (Something we'll talk a bit more about later.

Just promise me that you won't play a victim. Don't sit around saying, "woe-is-me, I can't find a travel companion."

You can find someone to travel with; it just might be uncomfortable.

Before I go off on a rant, let's go ahead and talk about practical ways you can find travel buddies.

Join Meetup


Meetup is website (and app) that allows you to meet new people who have the same interests as you.

The thing I love about this app is that it focuses on groups getting together.

So you will not be meeting up with a total stranger one-on-one. You will be meeting up with an entire group of strangers.

To me, this feels much more safe.

I have actually attended a Meetup before, and I had a great time.

Since it was my first one, I took a friend with me, which made me feel a lot more comfortable.

Everyone was super friendly, though. And, for the most part, they all looked just as uncomfortable as I felt, which was nice.

All in all, it was a great experience.

And, it's a great place to meet potential travel buddies!

Create Your Own Meetup

It's possible that there are other Meetups for travelers in your area, but there may not be.

If there isn't, you have to start one.

I would recommend choosing an activity that you enjoy and would likely do while traveling, just to make sure everyone you meet enjoys it, as well.

You could arrange a group hike; you could go to happy hour for drinks and snacks; Or, you could go to an exotic restaurant and sample some unique foods.

The sky is the limit; feel free to be creative.

Tips for Creating the Meetup

Now, when you create this meetup, I don't recommend that you announce you're looking for travel buddies.

I would approach it from more of an angle that you're just trying to get to know other people with the same interests.

Eventually, the relationships you form will have the potential to turn into travel buddies.

You might even find a group of people to travel with.

It's important that you don't make potential friends feel as though they'll be obligated to travel with you eventually if they attend your meetup.

Also, whatever you do, make sure you don't host the meetup at your house. You don't want total strangers knowing where you live.

Find Travel buddies online


I am mentioning this as an option, but I don't think it's the best route to take.

I think that meeting people online and making travel plans with them is dangerous.

If you're wondering why this is so different from the Meetup app I suggested, it's because you actually get to meet and form relationships with those people. Your relationship isn't based purely on online communications.

However, since the internet is a popular place to find travel buddies, I'll tell you the best places you can find travel buddies online (even though I don't recommend it).

There are quite a few websites (mostly forums) devoted to helping people find travel buddies, but I gotta be honest, they look a little sketchy, and because of that, I just can't bring myself to link out to them.

If you're curious and interested in exploring more options, Google "travel buddies," and you should get some decent results.

Just make sure you're being smart and safe!

What If You Still Can't Find a Travel Buddy?


If you still can't find a travel buddy, I would highly recommend traveling solo.

While this is incredibly intimidating, solo travelers swear that it's a great experience.

I get that it can be scary. As an introvert, the thought of traveling alone scares me a lot. And, it's still not something that I've done (maybe one day).

If you're thinking about traveling solo, I would definitely recommend starting small.

Go out of town for a weekend and visit a destination that's just a few hours away from home.

This is a great way to dip your toes in the pool and find out if solo travel is right for you.

Because, let's be for real, solo travel might empower some, but it might not be for everyone.

Still, you can't knock it until you've tried it.

Meet People While Traveling

If you do decide to travel solo, you'll have the opportunity to meet people on the road.

You will likely meet other solo travelers who are looking for someone to explore the city with.

If you're interested in meeting people while on the road, there are a few places you'll definitely want to stay at a hostel. They're great places to make new friends!

Learn more about making friends while traveling solo.

Find Your Perfect Travel Buddy Now
(FREE Step-By-Step Guide)


This guide makes finding great travel buddies easy!

I'll walk you through meeting new people via Meetup.

Nervous about asking them to travel with you? No worries.

You can use the ones I wrote.

This printable PDF is exactly what you need to help you finally find your travel buddies!


Finding a travel buddy isn't impossible!

In fact, it might be even easier than you think.

Look to your friends and family first.

Just make sure that you provide them with a general time line, destination, and cost.

If no one says yes, don't panic.

Just make some new friends who are as passionate about traveling as you are!

Use Meetup to find new friends.

Once you spend some time nurturing those relationships, you can eventually ask someone (or a few people) if they'd like to travel with you.

If you don't get any yeses, it's okay.

You can always travel solo and meet people to hang out with while you're on the road!

How to Find a Travel Buddy (Step-By-Step Guide)

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