Making friends on the road

One of the great benefits of being on the road is the new friends you make along the way in some of the most unexpected places.

There are plenty of ways you can make friends on a camping holiday. Campgrounds, RV parks, national parks and other caravanning hotspots are good places to meet like-minded travellers.

While it’s important to respect people’s boundaries, asking questions is a good way to start a conversation. Asking a camper where they’re from, or where they’re going, is a good conversation starter. Most campers love to talk about their travel adventures.

You might learn they are heading in the same direction as you and before you know it you have a travelling companion(s). People love to ask for advice about places you’ve already visited, but they are yet to experience.

Inviting other campers to a join in a game of cards or happy hour is another way to break the ice and get to know people. Offering a helping hand when needed, such as pitching a tent, building a fireplace or just sharing some ice with new arrivals, is a good way to meet others too. Joining group activities, from team games to dining or just going for a walk, helps you learn about others and their travel plans.

The more open you are to meeting and conversing with people, the more likely you are to meet like-minded people who want to share similar caravanning adventures with you.