How to use Workaway to find your travel BFF
You know what we miss about travelling with no restrictions? We could just wander around crowded streets in a foreign country, walk up to someone who looks friendly in a cute cafe, strike up a conversation, and walk away with a new buddy to go on your next excursion! Those were the good ol days...
While most of us have been anxiously waiting to get back on the road, we thought why not look for alternative ways to satisfy our wanderlust, and make the most of our time by preparing for our next adventure? There is no time to be bored when we can be creating amazing memories instead, so read on to find out how you could use some of our new site features to connect with fellow travellers and find your future bffs -- right here on the Workaway site!
Update your travel status
Before you reach out to potential buddies, make it easier for yourself (and them!) by putting yourself out there. Update your travel status to let everyone know that you’re active on the site and happy to chat. Whether you are looking for a travel buddy who’s down to roam unfamiliar streets for hours just to find the best Pad Thai, or you’re just flying solo and keen to meet up for a cup of coffee. There’s a whole community of travellers interested in doing different things, so let’s stop playing cool and start connecting! :)
You can view and update your travel status on your Account page.
Don’t forget you can also add statuses for each of the destinations you are planning on going to!
Do a language exchange
What if you could become fluent in any new languages you want, while making new friends and learning about new cultures? If this sounds like a good deal, check out our new language buddy feature, where you can connect with workawayers who are happy to teach you their language, AND workawayers who want to learn your native language as well! Language and culture go hand in hand, which is why our travels are made so much more memorable when we get to practise our new language skills through cultural immersion. Even if you are just staying home, you can always continue to practise a new language with fellow workawayers from around the world:)
Enter the languages you're interested in learning and teaching, and check out your potential language exchange buddies!
Find someone with similar interests
The wonderful thing about meeting friends on the internet is that we can
skip the slow and sometimes awkward process of ‘How do I start a conversation with a complete stranger? Do we have anything in common?' Make sure you’ve added
your interests on your account page, and then you’ll see which globetrotters are also into blogging, and social issues, and veganism -- just like you! If you see a
green ring around their profile photo on the
pages, you can click into their profile to see your matching interests. From here,
dive into a common topic that you’re both passionate about, and connect with your perfect
to explore the world with :)
Of course it’s great to plan in advance and match up with our perfect travel buddies before meeting in person, but some of the best encounters are also made spontaneously. Whether you wanna look for a fellow traveller to go on a weekend excursion together, or you’re sat at home alone and hoping for another friend to reminisce your past adventures with, these potential connections could just be a click away. Hop onto the Workawayers Nearby as well as the Hosts Around You lists, and reach out to see if they’re down to hang out!
You can find workawayers and hosts near your location on the "Travel Network" section of your Account page.
Stay connected with buddies on the road
All these encounters online and on the road can certainly be spontaneous, but they don’t have to be fleeting! To help make your friendships last, now you can add the other workawayers to your new Friends list so that you can easily stay connected with all the workawayers you’ve clicked with. Simply head over to your travel buddy’s workaway profile, click ‘Send friend request’, and they’ll appear on your Friends list once they’ve approved your request! In the meantime, make sure to check for friend requests on your account page (your ‘My Friends’ shortcut will show any new requests), and update your privacy settings to allow friend requests too ;)