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How to Make Friends Anywhere

Traveling to a new city can be exciting for most, but a little daunting for some. Whether it's solo for business or even on a family vacation, getting to know the locals and making new friends can enhance your trip to a whole new level. While it may be natural for some, it is essential to step out of your comfort zone to connect to new people. Here are a few travel tips while visiting St. Louis, or anywhere around the globe, to help you acclimate to your new surroundings.
1. Keep Smiling If you are traveling alone, the best way to meet new people is to smile, smile, smile. Not in a creepy way, of course, but this simple gesture lets others know you are open to the possibilities of chatting. Keep a positive and friendly attitude and make eye contact with a stranger. They could be your new best friend.
2. Live Like A Local As they say in Italy, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." This idea applies to travel anywhere. So, when in St. Louis, it's important to live like a local. In order to do this, one must first get to know the city. Visit the local attractions that make the city so great. Go to the top of the Gateway Arch. Catch the Cardinals in action at Busch Stadium. Take a tour of the local breweries and see first-hand why people fall in love with St. Louis. It's also a great idea to go to places that locals go to, including restaurants and bars that may be off the beaten path. Sign up for a city tour or a riverboat cruise and soak in a bit of history and culture. You will meet other travelers looking for a similar experience, perfect for exploring the sights together.
3. Use Social Media Get the best travel advice from your connections on social media. Let your friends know where you are traveling to and ask for recommendations of places to see, things to do, and foods to try. When you arrive, you can check group pages on Facebook or Instagram to reach out and connect with fellow travelers.
4. Sit Next to A Stranger When in your home town, it might not be your norm to sit at the bar. But this is a great tactic in meeting new people. Whether it's a bar, coffee shop, workspace, sit at a communal table and strike up a conversation with someone sitting next to you or even the bartender. Bartenders meet new people every passing minute and may offer the best travel tips.
5. Meet In Transit Take advantage of mass transit while on the road. Hop on the MetroLink light rail system and get acclimated to your new surroundings. Ask questions on how to get somewhere. It is likely they have great tips or recommendations for you or may be going to the same stop.
6. Attend Local Events Before you arrive in St. Louis, check out what local events are happening during your stay. Whether it is a concert, a pub crawl or something happening in the hotel, connect with others and have some fun while traveling.