I finally arrived! I am in London and I can already tell you about my experiences (and even give some tips for those who want to venture here).
I arrived in London yesterday, the 29th, and I will stay until January 1st, when I go to Paris. In Paris, I will stay until January 3rd, when I will embark for my last destination of my first itinerary: Rome. I will stay in Rome until the 5th.
But what to say about London? The capital of England is a place in which the longer you stay, the more you want to keep staying. The wonderful (and free) museums, the great amount of bars and restaurants, the pulsing nightlife, the old and the new together in the architecture... you can’t get tired of London. And if there's any time left on your trip (which is not my case), it's worth getting to and from places like Bath (1h by train), Stonehenge (1h30), Oxford (1h) or Liverpool (2h40). Or maybe even hop in Edinburgh (4:30 train) in Scotland?
First of all, I must say that some of you have already texted me and, although I have only been in London for a day, I have already arranged to meet a guy at the turn of the year. He contacted me here through the site and we agreed to meet.
Despite the chill of London winter, I heard the city boils for the holiday season. I have heard that the fireworks on the River Thames are very famous. So famous that they now charge entry. It is necessary to pay 10 pounds in advance. But I, who am not a fool or anything, and knew that I would spend the New Year in London, have guaranteed my ticket for months. My luck is that this guy I met here on the sitedid so as well. So we agreed to meet there.
But I want to use this post to give some tips on how to meet new people in your travels. After all, many people travel by the end of the year. So here are some personal tips that I believe to be infallible:
No one who is going to travel wants to spend much time on the internet. But if the goal is to make friends, websites, applications and social networks can make your search easier. You can do as I did and use this site to look for people who are close to you and talk to them. It worked for me.
Stay in a hostel
Hostels aren’t good only because of their cheap prices. The chances of finding people willing to socialize in a hostel is considerably bigger than in a traditional hotel. It is also worth giving preference to the ones who organize parties and activities, which are a great way to break the ice. And nothing compares to the intimacy provided in a shared room where a simple meeting is already an opening for the traditional questions of travelers like: Where are you from? What are you doing here? Where are you going?
Make less plans
This is the most important tip of all. After all, it is useless to follow all the previous steps if the next day all the new acquaintances go together to do some activity, but your planning has already put you on another thing. It is vital to keep the head and heart open to embark on the unknown. After all, much of the fun to travel is to get out of the comfort zone and be amazed by new experiences.
Happy New Year, guys! I think I'm only going to talk to you now after the year has turned. And I’ll tell you all about my adventure with the English boy. Hopefully it will work out! Thank you for reading my blog and may 2017 be an even better year for all of us!