Journey to the Top of Europe
Stay in Hostels
As of now let’s focus on Jungfraujoch (place covered in snow all 12 months in a year). It is a saddle in Bernese Alps which connects Jungfrau and Mönch – two four thousander mountains. This saddle has been accessible to tourists via Jungfrau line, a railway line running from Interlaken and Kleine Scheidegg. This railway line to reach Jungfraujoch is about 9km long and passes through 7km long Eiger and Mönch tunnel. At the elevation of 3,454 metres, Jungfraujoch is the highest railway station in Europe. There are two stations within the tunnel which provide amazing views to the glacier world outside through the windows. Train stops for 5 minutes at these stations, so you have enough time to soak everything in.
Ask for Travel Advice
- You can not only make conversation leading with this question you can continue to know more about the destination you are visiting. Some of the questions which help me make friends on the go and also help me know more about my destination are below:
- What all have you seen so far here?
- Any tips for this city?
- Any hidden spots to get great food?
- Are there any interesting activities/events happening around?
- Would you like to explore the place together? (being a solo female traveller, gives you a superpower to be intuitive about safety issues – so ask this question if you feel positive)
Go for Meetups/Meals with Strangers
I always prefer to go for a walking tour or club crawls or hikes or short trips. These are available in most cities and usually start from a common meeting point or from your hostel itself. This makes you meet with people with similar interest as yours and gives you ample opportunities to connect with them during those 2-3 hours.
Give People a Reason to Talk to You
The key to being interesting while travelling is to be open to conversations and experiences. Would you approach a person for a small talk who looks like he/she doesn’t want to be disturbed? So look like a person who wants to be talked to, in subtle ways. Body language plays a major role here. Do not sit in a corner with your handbag on your lap and engrossed in a book. I think you get the point. Right? Be approachable and open.