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Having the right apps on your smartphone can help you connect with locals and get all the right recommendations whenever you’re in a foreign country.
Of course, it’s always a good idea to be wary whenever you’re meeting someone new. But go in with a positive attitude and you might just make a genuine connection. Here are some apps to meet locals and other travelers while you’re on a holiday.
This social travel app that’s great for backpackers and solo travellers instantly connects with other visitors near you. SoloTraveller is a complete travellers community that’s useful for motivating people who normally wouldn’t feel comfortable travelling alone. There is also a function for single female travellers to connect with other female travel companions.
The founders of this app had positive experiences as solo travellers dining with locals. This app serves to recreate that warm hospitality for other visiting folks. Eatwith is the world’s largest community for authentic food experiences with locals, in over 130 countries. The platform connects local hosts with travellers seeking unique and immersive culinary experiences.
This app comes from the company Hello Pal, which was founded by a Malaysian. Travel Pal connects over 1.5 million hosts and travellers in more than 150 countries. As a traveller, all you need to do is create a travel plan. You will then be able to find locals who are willing to help you during your stay. You can even find fellow holidaymakers who are planning a trip to that same destination.
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Whether you are a solo traveller or travelling in a group, this app helps to expand the network of people you know in the world while travelling. The Common Room feature lets travellers post up queries or even organise meet-ups. Meanwhile, the “nearby” tab allows you to see what’s going on around you while the “worldwide” tab is a more universal way of finding out information from around the world.
Flip The Trip
The idea behind this app is to connect travellers to locals who are around the same place. It’s available in over 4,500 cities and has been picking up positive reviews. Through the app, users can get in touch with other travellers for sightseeing or to grab a meal. There is also an option to connect and chat with future travel partners before your holiday.
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