Nomad Pro Tip: Five Effective Ways for Beating Jet Lag

Nomad Pro Tip: Five Effective Ways for Beating Jet Lag

GUEST POST BY HANNAH PARKER – 5 WAYS FOR BEATING JET LAG

As a digital nomad, you will find yourself frequently traveling and changing locations all over the world. One of the downsides to having this lifestyle is the constant jet lag you get from traveling in dramatically different time zones. Lucky for you, we’ve got five effective ways for beating jet lag for you..

#1 Change Your Routine

One of the ways for beating jet lag starts before you start your trip: A few days before you leave, you need to make sure to change up your routine. You don’t need to change your entire schedule, but start eating and sleeping closer to when you would in the country you are visiting. Three to four days in advance is a sufficient amount of time to adjust to your destination. If you change up your routine to mirror what it will be like in the country you are going to, your jet lag might not be so burdensome.

 

#2 Arrive During the Day

The daytime is the optimal time to arrive at your destination. If you land during the nighttime, you will feel more inclined to sleep, and it will be harder for you to adjust to the new time zone. However, if you arrive during the day, you are more likely to push through the sleepiness and adventure around the city you’re staying in. Then when you are done exploring for the day, you will be wiped out and ready to sleep. Sunlight helps remind your body that you should be awake instead of sleeping, even if you really, really want to sleep. You will have an easier time to adjust to the new time zone this way, and it’ll be easier for you to shake off your jet lag.

 

#3 Avoid Caffeine and Sugar

One of the worst things you can do before flying is drinking lots of caffeinated beverages and eating loads of sugar. Coffee, soda, fried foods and sugary candies will keep you up and hyper on your flight, which will make it hard for you to sleep on your flight. To avoid jet lag once you land at your destination, you’ll want to sleep during the majority of your flight and caffeine won’t help. It will also make you feel groggy once you arrive at your destination and prolong the feeling of jet lag. So just this time, avoid the sugary foods and drinks and loads of caffeine and drink water instead.

 

#4 Take Melatonin

Sleep is the number one among the ways for beating jet lag when traveling, but falling asleep is not always the easiest thing to do when you are traveling. To avoid extreme jet lag and sleepiness once you arrive at your destination, take the sleeping drug Melatonin to help you sleep on your flight. The drug is the chemical that makes you fall asleep at night. and it’s natural, too. A plane is not always the easiest place to fall asleep on, especially with screaming babies and snoring dads surrounding you. Melatonin will help put you to sleep naturally, despite your surroundings. Only take a small dosage of the drug because you can end up feeling groggy if you take too much. The perfect amount to take on a long flight is 5mg of Melatonin. Any more than this amount will leave you feeling sleepy and possibly more jet lagged when you land.

 

#5 Leave a Day Early

Are you a relatively new traveler who gets really bad jet lag? The best way to avoid it and adjust your body to the new time zone is to travel a day earlier than you planned. You should book your flight a day early so that you have an entire day to sleep and rejuvenate. An extra day to relax will allow you to start your planned activities the next day without any feelings of exhaustion. You don’t want to start your trip off feeling wiped out and unrested. Trust us, it would most likely set your trip off on the wrong foot. So leave a day earlier than you planned, so you can enjoy your trip just the way you want to.

Conclusion – 5 Ways for Beating Jet Lag

Jet lag is something that most travelers have experienced, and it’s definitely a downer. But if you follow these 5 effective tips when traveling to a new location, you just might avoid it and start your trip off right.

About the Author – Hannah Parker

Hannah is a writer for trekbible and dreams of being an investigative journalist, or maybe a world traveling videographer, or perhaps the next voice of NPR; basically Hannah wants to be a multimedia journalist. Her voice is too big for her small body so she likes to stand on tall surfaces and shout very, very loudly. Hannah has many passions (some including poetry and the occasional chicken nugget or two) but is always searching for her next hobby.

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Traveling Alone: How do I Plan my First Solo Trip?

Traveling Alone: How do I Plan my First Solo Trip?

Although traveling alone makes people grow and it means ultimate freedom, there are still many people who don’t dare to hit the road solely by themselves. People always tell me that I’m so brave… But for me, I’m not. It’s just logical to do what you love and what makes you feel better, right?

Traveling alone means: You make all the decisions, don’t need to justify for that and you can learn what you really want. This freedom seems to turn into something negative for some people: Because it means as well that you take all the risk, all the responsibility.

How you can start traveling alone, I will tell you now:

#1 Choose Your Destination Wisely!

Not every destination is apt to be the destination for your first solo trip. I normally recommend to ask three questions:

In Which Languages Are You Able to Communicate?

If you speak the local language it will make your travels a lot easier. Still today, I prefer to travel in Latinamerica for this exact reason. I love to have the possibility to talk to whoever I like. There are no language barriers for me there, which I really hate – see now why I became a translator and interpreter? That’s why I choose South America to be my first region to travel to for my trip around the world: I started out in Brasil and made my way down to Argentina and Chile.

Of course, you will be able to talk English to other travelers and to people working in hostels (at least mostly!). But in the taxi, at the train station or simply in the supermarket – you probably won’t. And I tell you: There is nothing better than a small talk to a local at the bus stop. Encounters are what make a trip unique. Sure: It works talking with your hands, with gestures and a bit of help of Google Translate. But language is making it so much easier.

Traveling alone – The Israeli and I

Are You a Beach or a Mountain Type?

I feel like the sea is calling me. I so much love to wander along promenades or to sit under a palm tree in the shade and watch the waves. That’s why I would never have chosen to go to Nepal on my trip around the world for example. Now I start thinking of going there, but there are so many beautiful places at the sea where I want to go first. You should make a list of your priorities!

Same counts for the climate: Choose a place where you know you will feel at ease. If you love the fresh mountain air, you will probably not enjoy Jericoacoara as I did, even if millions of digital nomads tell you that it’s a perfect place. Then you should check out Artenara – a beautiful village in the mountains of Gran Canaria.

What About Your Budget?

It doesn’t matter that you really want to go hiking in Canada… It’s a great choice for first-time travelers for sure, but if your budget is between 500 and 1000 Dollars a month, you should go somewhere else. If you want to know how to travel with little money in your pocket, check out my ebook: Traveling on a Low Budget.

With a little help of Google and Facebook groups, you can find out how much money you should calculate for a country. I was for example totally surprised to find out that Israel and Jordan are really expensive.

Travel Longer for Less Money!

You need a lot of money to travel the world? Wrong! Traveling on a Low Budget is a guide to help low budget travelers. I will tell you all my tricks to save money on the road…

  • for transportation
  • for housing
  • for food
  • for your leisure time (sightseeing etc.)

I did a trip around the world with 8.000 Euro including all flights. With my tips, you can do it, too! Be prepared for what is waiting for you and plan your trip better.

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#2 Choose Your Style of Traveling!

How you travel is mainly dependend on your budget. Are you more a backpacker or do you prefer traveling in style with a suitcase? Do you like staying in a city or are you in love with road trips? There are many different types of traveling:

Budgetpacking

I was traveling as a budgetpacker for quite a long time. With a budget of 30 Euro per day it’s not always easy to get along. Budgetpacker are mostly staying in hostels and cook in the hostel’s kitchen. In South East Asia I could afford staying in a private room though – very special! But to save money and meet locals many traveler with a low budget do couchsurfing.

Flashpacking

With a bit more budget, but still with a backpack, you’re a flashpacker. If you can spend around 50 Euro per day, that’s how you can call yourself. Flashpacker normally get private rooms in hostels or go in cheap hotels. And they like Airbnb.

City Trips

You love big cities? Rome, New York and Hong Kong are high up on your bucket list? So perhaps you’re not the typical backpacker. Keep in mind that cities are very often more expensive than villages. On the other handside it’s probably easier to get along with English, even if this is not the national language.

Road Trips

I actually don’t know anybody who doesn’t like road trips. To drive along the coast or through a whole country… it’s just a lot of fun. But there are additional costs. Renting a car (or buying one?!), gasoline and eventually the highway fees. Sleeping in a car is not allowed in many countries, so you will often need to get a place in a camping lot.

Adventure Travel

If you’re yawning already and think that all this sounds super boring, then you’re probably an adventure traveler. You start feeling alive when your phone has no signal anymore, when it’s a long walk to the next real village or city? Then do an adventure trip. But perhaps not as your first solo trip?!

#3 Plan Your First Solo Trip!

Ok, now you know where you want to go and how you want to travel. That’s a lot! The next step is planing the trip.

Option 1: Search For a Travel Agency to Plan the Trip For You!

If you’re still not sure where to start and you don’t went to spend ages with Google, I recommend to ask a travel agency to plan the trip for you. They normally create individual tours tailor-made for your wishes. If you have the budget: Go for it!

Option 2: Traveling Alone – Planing Alone!

If you like the freedom to decide spontaneously where to go next, do what I did! For my trip around the world, I had nothing booked than the very first night. After that, I had ideas, but no realy plans, no bookings, no commitments.

I normally use Google Flights, Skyscanner, Momondo or Kiwi to search for flights. I watch them there and can even put alerts if I want to get informed in case the price changes.

I book accomodation on Hostelworld or Booking. Sometimes I use Airbnb also – espesially when it’s for a long-term stay.  That’s how I did it in Cabarete.

In most cases, I decide when I am there what I want to see. I would ask in my hostel or at the local info point. Although in Prague they did a really bad job telling me to buy a ticket for the hop on hop off bus.

Traveling alone made easy: Those were my tips for your first solo trip!

If you’re still not convinced you should get my ebook Travel Solo:

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People still ask me if I’m not afraid of traveling alone. If I really feel at ease exploring new places instead of having a real home. This ebook is my answer. After more than two years traveling alone I can tell you that I don’t only love to get to know new countries and cultures, but it made me grow as a person. I learned a lot about myself and gained more self-confidence, trust and freedom.
If you still have doubts wether to take the step or not – this book is perfect for you! Because I will show you how solo traveling can change you…

Now you should be able to go on your first adventure on your own! If you still have doubts, tell me about them in the comments!

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Low Budget Traveling for Pros: Save Money for Your World Trip in 3 Steps!

Low Budget Traveling for Pros: Save Money for Your World Trip in 3 Steps!

Low Budget Traveling is exactly your thing and you want to save money for a trip around the world? If your bank account is always empty and you don’t know how to pay a trip around the world, you should definitely go on reading!

You can save money for your travels in different ways: Take a moment and think of all the stuff you don’t need anymore. Most people have luxury goods they don’t really need. They have multiple subscriptions for magazines, go to an expensive gym or have a car. Sell everything that you know you will not use anymore or clothes you will never again put on.

 

Low Budget Traveling & Minimalism

Ask yourself what you really need and be honest. Keep your goal in mind to make it easier. Like this it won’t feel that much as a sacrifice. After a while you will get used to a life of minimalism. Removing everything I don’t need and living out of my backpack changed my life completely!

Actually minimalism is kind of a principle of long-term and world travelers as well as of digital nomads. I didn’t believe at all that I would prefer living out of my backpack in the Golf of Thailand instead of staying at my parents’ place with a huge closets and almost uncountable pairs of shoes in the small town of Kelkheim, close to Frankfurt.

You learn to value whatever you have and be happy with it. True to the motto:

Collect moments, not things!

I summarized in 3 steps how you can start with Low Budget Traveling: Because saving for a trip around the world is not that difficult!

 

Step 1: Save Before Hitting The Road

It might be surprising that this blog post about low budget traveling actually starts tips for saving money before going on the trip. But in my opinion low budget traveling doesn’t start at the day you’re leaving home. You can easily integrate it into your normal life and make it s kind of philosophy – like I did.

 

Tidy Out!

Do you really need all those clothes, shoes or books and DVDs? Be honest to yourself and get rid of everything you don’t need anymore. This will bring some cash in and I can assure you that it feels great to tidy out.

 

Cancel Your Gym Membership!

Reflect if you really need to go to the gym or if it’s possible to do your exercises at home or outdoors for free. There are great apps for that by the way: I am using SEVEN.

Compare Contracts!

Did you ever compare contracts? No matter if it’s for the phone for power or for something else: Consider to switch and you will see that you can save a lot of money with it! It’s really worth trying.

 

Cancel Subscriptions!

Honestly: Do you need all those magazines and newspaper subscriptions? How often do you read them? If you are true to yourself you will probably admit that it happens that you throw them away without having read them. A waste of paper! And nowadays you can find almost everything online. Even if you pay for that as well it’s probably cheaper and better for the environment!

 

Step 2: Save When Planning Your Trip

If you know how you can save some money when planning your trip!

Find the Cheapest Flights!

I normally use flights search engines first (Skyscanner, Momondo, Kiwi, Google Flights), to find out which airline has the best deal. Then I switch to the website of that airline and try to book directly at their page. In my experience, you pay even less than what the Search engines said. To find the cheapest flights you should be flexibel regarding date and time and check different airports.

 

Create an Airbnb account!

Why you can save money with an Airbnb account? Well, with the account you can get awesome deals for your accommodation, but as well sublet your place while being on the road. If you don’t have an account yet, simply click here!

 

Ask for Travel Gear for Christmas and Your Birthday!

Travel Gear is expensive and will diminish the money you have for traveling already before you leave your house. Start making a wish list with all the gear that is still missing and give it to family and friends before Christmas and your birthday. You make it easy for them to get something that makes you happy and you get something you really need. Win-win, right?

 

Compare Health Insurances!

The choice of your health insurance is really dependent on your own situation. An insurance that was the best for me could not work for you. For my trip around the world, I had a German insurance called Hanse Merkur that was only covering my stay outside of Germany, the US and Canada. After that I switched to an international insurance based in the UK that is covering all health issues around the world.

 

Plan to Stay For Some Time!

You can get awesome deals when staying some where for a while. On one hand side hostels offer dorm beds or even private rooms for a fraction of the normal cost. On the other hand side you can get up to 50% discount on Airbnb when staying longer than 28 days.

 

Step 3: Save During Your Trip!

Let’s talk about the “real” low budget traveling – so about how to save money while traveling.

 

Go in Hostels!

I know a dorm is nothing that makes a traveler sing from the treetops. But if you need to save money on your trip around the world and you still want to be independent – this is definitely the cheapest option. And it doesn’t need to be the dorm all the time. Hostels do have private rooms that are normally still cheaper than hotel rooms.

 

Stay Longer in One Place!

Even if you really want to move on, because there is so much to see out there… Try to stay for a while. That’s the only way to get the best deals. If you like a city, why don’t you ask in your hostel if you spontaneously decide to stay for another two weeks?

 

Search For Deals!

No matter if you are searching for excursion, accommodation or food: it’s always possible to find good deals! You just need to keep your eyes open while traveling the world and be flexible. You will not only save money, but meet locals as well. If you need tips on how to make friends when traveling click here.

 

Work For Food And Accommodation!

When I was in San Francisco, I realized that I didn’t have enough money to travel New Zealand and Australia. I had two options: Buy my ticket back home or find an alternative. I opted for the alternative and found a family to do WorkAway. I got free accommodation and three meals a day. The positive side effect was that I met wonderful people.

 

Cook Instead of Going to a Restaurant!

We all love to treat ourselves with some fine, local food in a restaurant or go for street food. Probably it’s not even expensive. But cooking at home is still cheaper. So stay at least every now and then in the hostel and prepare your vegetables that you got at the market. You will still save money.

 

Those were my 15 tips to save money for a trip around the world! Low budget traveling almost became a part of me and my life after living this lifestyle for more than two years… You can do that, too!

Do you have more tips? Then hit the button and tell me about it in the comment section!

Yours Barbara

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Make Friends When Traveling – That’s How it Works!

Make Friends When Traveling – That’s How it Works!

Do you want to make friends when traveling? You are planning a long trip, but you are afraid of being lonely? You think you will not meet other people?

Every traveler had those fears once!

But we all realized that it normally doesn’t take a lot of time to meet people and make friends when traveling. That’s why I collected my best tips for you.

But before we start with the tips, let me tell you that your travel experience is highly connected to the people you meet and you spend time with on the road.

Because it’s the people who make your travel experience.

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#1 Power Plugs

We all know the problem: You arrive to the hostel after some hours in a bus and the first thing you want to do is charge your phone… But: There is only one power plug in the entire dorm! If you want to make friends when traveling always carry a multi socket or power strip to share!

 

#2 Repellent

You are talking to somebody when you realize “fuck! I am getting eaten by myriads of mosquitos!”. Wouldn’t you just love the person who saves you by giving you repellent? Exactly! That’s why people will love you when you always have a repellent at hand.

 

#3 Sunscreen

We love her, but sometimes she is burning like hell: the sun! Some people ALWAYS forget to bring sunscreen. If you can share yours, people will not leave you for the rest of the day!

 

#4 After Sun

People spend their days at the beach and go back to the hostel in the afternoon. As soon as they look in the mirror they see the red stripes that will 100 % hurt the next day! There is only one solution: After Sun! If you have a bottle, people will love your for sharing!

 

#5 Offer to Cook

You like cooking? Perfect! Within minutes you will be the best liked person in the hostel if you offer to prepare dinner for the people you just met!

 

#6 Offer to Wash the Dishes

You prepared dinner for yourself in the hostel and then joined some others who were eating as well? If you offer in the end to wash the dishes, you will score sympathy points!

 

#7 Offer a Beer

I don’t drink alcohol. That’s why I never tried this one. But I am sure it works quite well. When you get a beer for yourself, buy one or two more! Then offer the other one to somebody you want to start a conversation with. You will not be alone on that evening!

Those were my top 7 tricks to make friends when traveling!

Yours Barbara

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People still ask me if I’m not afraid of traveling alone. If I really feel at ease exploring new places instead of having a real home. This ebook is my answer. After more than two years traveling alone I can tell you that I don’t only love to get to know new countries and cultures, but it made me grow as a person. I learned a lot about myself and gained more self-confidence, trust and freedom.
If you still have doubts wether to take the step or not – this book is perfect for you! Because I will show you how solo traveling can change you…

That’s How You Get a Round the World Ticket (Almost) For Free

That’s How You Get a Round the World Ticket (Almost) For Free

This is a blogpost for the European readers since the US-Americans will just laugh about it.

You always wanted to do a trip around the world? But that’s way too expensive, right? Nope, sorry, you are terribly wrong. I will tell you now what needs to be done to get a Round the World Ticket almost for free!

As you may know on the 5th of November of 2014 I started my biggest trip so far:

It starts in Brasil from where I am going to explore South America. Don’t ask where exactly I’ll go. I have no idea and will simply go with the flow. In January I will be heading to the US (the flight is to Washington and then three weeks later to San Francisco), from there to New Zealand and Australia, up to Bangkok, to get to know South East Asia, and in the end a three weeks stay in Sri Lanka.

Including my flight back home I booked 8 flights.

And now the most important thing:

Do you know how much I paid? 860 Euro!

8 flights for 860 Euro!

That only a little bit more than 100 Euro per flight. Normally every single flight costs multiple times this amount. Another advantage: Except the flight back home (I had a stopover in India) all flights were direct flights. No annoying long, stressful trips to go to the next destination.

I can tell you: When I booked I was the happiest person on the planet!

The trick is easy. You need patience and endurance! You’ve got those skills? Awesome! Then you can have a Round the World Ticket for this price as well.

Now I tell you how I did it:

Since 2009 I use a Miles & More credit card to collect miles.

With the normal Miles & More card you get only air miles, so you need to fly with a Star Alliance partner to earn miles. But if you use a credit card you will get miles whenever you pay something with that card.

There are even more possibilities to fill your account with miles:

  • There are many promotions where you get double or triple miles
  • Partners offer miles (e.g. when you open a bank account, get a contract at special phone carriers, for subscriptions of magazines, etc.)
  • Payback is a Miles&More partner and every point can be exchanged 1:1 in miles

Like this, I could collect a lot of miles. I collected 180.000 miles in five years, that two weeks ago I redeemed for my premium. You probably understood by now that this premium was the Round the World Ticket.

I know, it took a while. But it was worth it. Because in less than three weeks I start my biggest adventure so far.

You wonder why I still had to pay 860 Euro since the ticket was a premium. Yes, I admit that was a catch: The tickets are for free, but there is still the airport fee and the kerosene surcharge that unfortunately need to be paid. For all eight flights that were 860 Euro.

But still: I am super happy that I bought the ticket. Probably I wouldn’t have been able to buy a Round the World Ticket for the normal price. Paying for all flights separately would have been expensive as well.

In the en,d it was a credit card what made my wish come true.

Perhaps you can fulfill your dream as well!

What is your biggest wish?

Yours Barbara

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3 Wege, wie du Kontakte auf Reisen knüpfen kannst

3 Wege, wie du Kontakte auf Reisen knüpfen kannst

Du bist Solo-Traveller und suchst manchmal Kontakte auf Reisen, aber es will nicht immer klappen? Dann habe ich heute genau das Richtige für dich! Joe Görbert (mehr Infos zu seiner Person findet ihr unter dem Beitrag), den ich auf der Nomad Cruise kennengelernt habe, ist seit viele Jahren unterwegs und hat seine besten Tipps für dich ausgepackt!

Vorhang auf für Joe:

Während der mittlerweile fünf Jahre, die ich entweder mit BrainHive.de in Remote Work Freelancertum oder mit Entsendungsauftrag in Anstellung/Quasi-Anstellung die Welt erkunden durfte, musste ich mir Dutzende Male von Null an ein soziales Zirkel aufbauen. Wer es versäumt, großartige Menschen um sich zu scharen, der verpasst das Beste – egal ob daheim oder auf Achse.

Ich bin von Natur aus eher introvertiert. Wer mich heute sieht, würde niemals glauben, woher ich komme. Noch heute machen meine ehemaligen Klassenkameraden Witze über mein Verhalten als Schulkind. Ich war ein echter Sonderling und Außenseiter, meine niedrige soziale und emotionale Intelligenz das Resultat meines Aufwachsens als Einzelkind in einem zuweilen äußerst skurril agierenden Elternhauses und einer Erziehung, die wohl am besten mit Wohlstandsverwahrlosung beschrieben ist. Ich habe hart an mir gearbeitet, mich ab dem ca. 14. Lebensjahr verschiedenen sozialen Tribes angeschlossen (Schulteam-Athleten, Hiphopper, Rastas, Skater) und hatte irgendwann das Glück, Freundschaft mit einem besonderen Mädchen zu schließen. All dies führte dazu, dass meine soziale Intelligenz sich mit rasantem Tempo entwickeln konnte.

Vom Outsider zum Yes-Man: Das Wandeln in den weiten Feldern

Heute bin ich derjenige, der alle kennt, den sie high-fiven und der Leute verbindet. Ich erkenne die Konflikte, Leidenschaften und Emotionen in meinem Gegenüber bevor jener diese verbalisieren muss und bewege mich mit vollendeter Eleganz durch verschiedenste Schichten auf den verschiedensten Parketten. Man könnte sagen, ich bin das ultimative soziale Chamäleon!

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Fashion-Party in Chicago, USA

In diesem Blogbeitrag werde ich versuchen, meine besten Tipps zum Jump-Starten eines einigermaßen potenten sozialen Zirkels und raschem Kennenlernen vernünftiger Menschen darzulegen. Ich verstehe, es geht hier um ein sensibles Thema und niemand will in der sozialen Interaktion mit anderen einem Taktiker gegenüberstehen. Ich möchte daher, bevor ich einsteige deutlich unterstreichen: Die schönste Interaktion ist von Fluidität, Luzidität und Intuition geprägt, ohne künstliche Motive, 100% authentisch und freiwillig. Alles andere ist Business – und es ist dann auch nur fair, dem anderen seine Motive relativ schnell auf die eine oder andere Weise klarzumachen.

Manipulative Interaktion, Value-Seeking und Circle-Hopping enthalten Komponenten von Gewalt und vergiften das Klima zwischen den Menschen. Wir, die das erkennen, sollten meiner Meinung nach jeden Tag versuchen, in diesen verdrehten Zeiten die Summe alles Schönen und Richtigen auf der Welt zu mehren. Ich bitte deshalb jeden, der dies liest, mit seiner Präsenz und wachen Wahrnehmung, Liebe und Integrität den Grundsatz, dass soziale Interaktion ethisch sein soll, in seiner gesamtumfänglichen Bedeutung zu respektieren.

1. The Obvious: Couchsurfing, Meetup.com & Facebook-Gruppen

Ohne Drumherum zu reden: Ist der Standort groß genug, lohnt es sich immer sofort Möglichkeiten zu prüfen, über das Internet bestehende Stammtische, Interessengruppen, gemeinsame Aktivitäten/Veranstaltungen und sonstige soziale Zusammenkünfte zu recherchieren. Dabei sollte man auch ruhig kreativ sein und verschiedene Quellen abklopfen. In manchen Städten sind etwa Language Exchange Gruppen (z.B. Toytown in München), Expat-Netzwerke (Internations) oder Studenten-Foren etc. die erste Wahl.

Die Erfahrung zeigt zwar, dass diese offenen und frei zugänglichen Zusammenkünfte häufig auch viele Menschen mit geringer sozialer Intelligenz anziehen, deren Umgang man manchmal nicht langfristig pflegen möchte. Trotzdem sind diese Gelegenheiten großartig, um sich warmzuschießen, ein “soziales Trampolin” zu haben um interessante Menschen in der unmittelbaren Umgebung (Bar, Restaurant, Veranstaltungsraum) anzusprechen und wichtige Informationen zu anderen Möglichkeiten der sozialen Teilhabe am Standort zu sondieren.

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Couchsurfing-Meetup in Cali, Kolumbien

2. “Imposter”-Strategie: Hostel-Parties, Charity-/Training Events und Barcrawls

Sobald die grundsätzliche Recherche oder andere Aktivitäten zur Einholung von Informationen abgeschlossen sind, sollte man Pläne schmieden, um sich bei den etwas “höher” gelagerten sozialen Zusammenkünften einzubringen. Unter normalen Umständen sind diese Zusammenkünfte Orte, wo man “nichts verloren hat”. Doch sind es genau diese, welche das nächste Level zum Aufbau potenter sozialer Zirkel erschließen.

Um ohne größere Kosten und Probleme mit Zugangsbarrieren auf diesen Zusammenkünften zugegen sein zu können, darf uns wie ich finde eigentlich jedes Mittel recht sein (denn wir sind ja ethisch*). Es reicht von dem wie auch immer gearteten Erwerb von Einladungen über das Replizieren von Stempeln und Bändchen, die kreative und/oder spontane Generierung von Rechtfertigungen, warum man just auf dieser Veranstaltung zugegen ist über ein gutes Timing und Abpassen und Annäherung an Organisatoren und andere Multiplikator-Personen. Dies gilt speziell für Bar Crawls, die häufig total überteuert sind, tendenziell aber sowieso immer in denselben Lokalitäten enden. Dort kann man dann einfach die Party crashen und Bekanntschaften zwischen lauter Newcomern knüpfen, die alle auf demselben sozialen Stand sind.

* = Ein Widerspruch? Nein, denn in der Welt herrschen derzeit wie gesagt verdrehte Energien; deren Führung und ihr fragwürdiges Regelwerk ist zu beachten, aber nicht in jedem Fall ethisch korrekt, aufgrund von dessen Kaputtheit, Krankheit und Unvollständigkeit.

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Hostel-Gathering in Santiago, Chile

3. Drei Fragen zu Social Hotspots, die du jedem Local stellen solltest

Noch einige spezielle Tipps zu den Fragen, die du sowohl zur Einholung von Informationen als auch zum Aufbau eines Gesprächsflusses nutzen kannst:

– Frage immer danach, wo sich die “kreative Szene” des jeweiligen Standortes tummelt. Nicht nur kannst du so relativ schnell feststellen, ob der Gegenüber ein wertvoller Insider ist, auch gibt es eine Steilvorlage für Rückfragen rund um deinen eigenen Lifestyle, welche die Qualität der Interaktion verbessern. Und natürlich führt es dazu, dass du im Idealfall die hippsten Locations direkt serviert bekommst.

– Frage nach den öffentlichen Orten, Plätzen/Parks etc., wo sich “die jungen Leute” tummeln. Auf diese Weise erfährst du, wo man mit einem billigen Bier in der Hand, einem Arsch in der Hose und einem Lächeln auf den Lippen sich ganz einfach zu den verschiedenen Gruppen gesellen kannst, bevor diese sich zu ihren jeweiligen Party-Locations aufmachen – idealerweise mit dir im Schlepptau.

– Frage nach besonderen Veranstaltungen, Ausstellungen und Märkten, die in der Stadt oder in der Region oder je nach Größe des Landes auch landesweit organisiert werden. Möglicherweise kommen so wertvolle Informationen zu frei zugänglichen als auch Insider-Events in deine Sphäre, wo du dein Netzwerk um weitere wertvolle Kontakte ergänzen kannst.

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Geburtstagsparty in Córdoba, Argentinien

Schlussfolgerung: Immer ohne Scheu reinhauen!

Es gibt auf jeden Fall noch eine ganze Menge mehr Ideen, um als Solo-Traveller schnell unter die Leute zu kommen und einen ganzen Sack voll, wenn es um Annäherung, Gesprächseinstieg, Vertiefung und Zielerfüllung geht. Der eigene Habitus (Style, Äußeres), Energie-Level, Voice, Mirroring und Parroting und eine ganze Menge weiterer Themen rund um Social Dynamics wie bspw. Value-Giving (gut riechen, Feuer, Kaugummi, Erdnüsse, Taschentuch, Lampe, Tabak oder was zu trinken dabeihaben, auch wenn man es selbst nicht konsumiert) und Interaktionspsychologie sind allesamt auch noch abzuklopfen.

Diese Punkte muss ich mir aus Platzgründen aber für einen anderen Post aufheben. Ich hoffe trotzdem, dass die hier dargestellten Ideen dem einen oder anderen nützlich sind. Das Wichtigste ist, dass man immer mutig ist, auch allein rausgeht (heißer Tipp: Während des Gangs zur Location schon auf der Straße in Zimmerlautstärke Lieblingslieder vor sich her singen! Nimmt einem im Vorfeld schon die Schüchternheit, speziell wenn die Passanten einen komisch angucken) und zur Not auch mal mit einiger Dreistigkeit in den Dialog einsteigt.

Speziell als Nomad/Traveller hat man schließlich nichts zu verlieren! Wobei ich allerdings auch manchmal gern mit Basecap und Fake-Nerdbrille unterwegs bin, falls ich doch mal geburnt werde. Ist man “verkleidet”, sind Burns leichter abzustreifen und verbleiben nicht im Alltagsgedächtnis. Ist vielleicht auch noch ein guter Tipp, besonders für die Anfänger.

 

Über den Autor

20150928-Joe-2015-circle-300x293Joe Görbert ist digitaler Nomade seit drei Jahren und seit acht Jahren mit einer Existenzgründerberatung namens BrainHive.de unterwegs, die er 2012 mit einer Digitalmarketingagentur namens BrainHive Ethical Marketing erweitert hat. Sein soziales Leben bewegt sich zwischen Blüten und einsamen Tälern mit dem Fluss seiner Reisen, wobei er jedoch mittlerweile auf der ganzen Welt tolle Menschen zu seinen Freunden zählt. Trotzdem fehlt ihm bis heute ein echter “Busenfreund” fürs Leben, seine nächststehenden Freunde sind sämtlich weiblich. Früher oder später wird er wohl mal irgendwo anwurzeln und auch diese Lücke schließen. Bis dahin ist er heilfroh, einfach das Rolling Stone Ding rocken zu dürfen und durch die weiten Felder zu wandeln, Good Vibrations teilend mit all den Leuten, die er auf dem Weg antrifft.