Being social on a trip can be an added experience and if you’re a solo travel can be an added companion.

Now, to some it may seem daunting to meet strangers especially in a foreign place, but it does have to. Just like anything else there’s an art to being social.

First, where can you meet people? Well, just about anywhere, on the bus or train, at a bar or cafe, at museums or even while you’re walking around.

Next, striking up the conversation. That’s actually easier than you think. For a local, simply ask for suggestions on where to go and what to do. People love to share their destination with you. For other travelers, you can ask where they’ve been, where they’re going and what brought them there.

If you want to get more official or organized about it, you can use today’s resources for doing just that. That’s right…There’s an app for that too. There’s travbuddy, skout and couchsurfing just to name a few where you can even plan to meet ahead of time.

“Remember, the world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page” – St. Augustine