One of the highlights of traveling is, if you’re open to it, all the people you get to meet. From the flight staff to the customer service employees to fellow travelers and everyone else in between, who you might meet is anyone’s guess. The most important thing is that you keep positive energy afloat and remain open to possibility.
Now, don’t get me wrong, you should also look out for your safety and be weary of anything and anyone that makes you feel uneasy. More often than not, if it feels wrong, it’s for a reason. Precautions aside, though, don’t be afraid to engage in random conversation.
Socialize with the people on your flight. Here’s one thing I always do: I make it a point to find out what the person next to me does for a living. I once flew next to a saleswoman. Another time I was seated next to an advertising executive (which was, at the time, pretty close to what I did). One time, on a flight to California, I remember, I was seated next to a very talented rapper. Maybe he’ll be a big star one day, or maybe he won’t be famous, but either way, I made a valuable connection, and the passion that kid has for his craft is contagious, to say the least.
Making friends while you travel isn’t so hard. Most people are open to new experiences, and most are in a good mood because, well, they’re traveling!
Before you walk out of your house and embark on your next journey, make the decision to make new friends. Being open to that will draw people to you. Also, consider getting business cards. You can opt for a simple, inexpensive design. This way it’ll be easier for others to stay in touch with you.
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