I'm planning a trip to the east coast of the USA in the Summer, starting in Boston and working my way down to Washington city.
How to meet people in boston, massachusetts
I haven't fully decided my route yet, and was thinking of deciding as and when I was there. Does anyone have any pointers of where to meet people of a similar age, other travellers etc. Also I'm a little worried about dining alone, how have other people got around this?
As far as eating out you could eat at the bar even in very nice restaurants. There is usually a TV to look at and I also find that people who eat at the bar tend to be outgoing and it can be easy to strike up a conversation, especially if you overhear them chatting with the bartender or someone else at the bar and butt in.
It's been a long time since I've been in my twenties, so I don't really know where it would be easy to meet other people your age. Bars and nightclubs would be the usual suspects, but I don't know which ones would be best or if you are comfortable with that. If I were planning a trip like yours, I would start reading some local blogs on topics of interest to you— food, fashion, or whatever is your passion. Comment on them and ask the bloggers for guidance. As we attend blogging events we meet lots of great people who are outgoing and fun.
Maybe you can in on some of the meet ups planned. It depends how aggressively you want to pursue some company. If you definitely want to meet up with some fellow travellers, take a look at a site like couchsurfing. It primarily exists to match people with accomodations, but there are also a lot of events geared towards helping travellers meet up with others.
Also, are you staying in a hostel? That's usually a good way to meet others. Otherwise, you just have to be open to starting conversations. When I travel alone, I like to go to a local bar or even the hotel bar if I'm really lazy. I'm not shy about asking someone at a bar for a restaurant recommendation or ask a waiter where he goes for his drinks. I'm not sure why you are worried about eating out alone--this aprehension seems to be more of a UK thing, I think. The logical place to meet other travellers in that age bracket might be at a hostel accomodation.
The Couchsurfing suggestion is also good, and includes folks who just want to show visitors around their home city without hosting an in-home guest. Another tip would be to aim for neighborhoods where lots of university students live and play. Since Boston is a major university town, this is relatively easy here. The area called Allston, near the corners of Harvard Ave.
On the other hand, this area is somewhat off the beaten tourist path, where places tend to be too expensive and straitlaced for younger people.
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The Cafe on Massachusetts Ave. Not everyone will be open to a conversation with a stranger, but if you are persistent, polite, and thick-skinned, you will find people who are. You will see lots of people having lunch by themselves during the work week, just get a sandwich to takeaway and find somewhere warm and sunny outside to eat it, along with everyone else on their lunch hour.
When I used to travel by myself, I always stayed in hostels, very easy to meet up with others and find dining or sightseeing companions. Newbury Street would be a start. You will find all ages there, just keep walking and you will find one bar which will appeal to you. The seaport district Jerry Remy's just opened there, I have a feeling the crowd will be under 30 in the later hours I'm also in my early 20s and traveled to Boston and New York by myself last year and was worried about the same things as you.
I stayed at a local hostel which was great as there were many other solo travelers who were willing to dine with me. I also dined by myself several times which wasn't a problem.
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