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    Backpacking

    Hi…
    This is my first post. I'm a 24-year-old woman, and suffering from social anxiety pretty much my whole life. I have a hard time interacting with new people, and I am frightened by new situations and uncertainty. I also love hiking and traveling abroad, a passion that doesn't really go well with my social problems. So far I have dared to do a one week backpacking trip on a popular track in Scotland, where I kept to myself and befriended no one. I always slept in my tent instead of hostels, and ate alone. This lonely existence is manageable for a week, but now I'm planning a 4-week backpacking trip to New Zealand where I want to stay in hostels and travel by public transport, and my complete lack of social skills concerns me. I really want to be able to talk to people (English is not my first language and my anxiety can make me really tongue tied…) and make friends, but I just don’t know how, or to be honest, if I even can. People always talk about meeting new people when traveling like it's the easiest and most natural thing in the world, like it just… happens. But I don't know how to do it.
    I wonder if there are any other people here who can relate to my poblem, and if so I would love to hear your stories and get some advice on how to travel and interact with other people while suffering from social anxiety.

    Thank you


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    Re: Backpacking

    Hi Neta.
    Its a long time since I've been backpacking but years ago I spent about 6 weeks in Australia, most of it staying in hostels. I imagine that NZ is similar, in that it's very well set up for backpackers. I think if you go for it and stay in hostels, you'll meet people automatically, as you'll find others travelling alone who will just chat to you. This is especially true if you stay somewhere longer than a couple of days. Stay in dormitories rather than single rooms (you quickly get used to it, don't worry). Some hostels put on events, like local music or dancing, or activities or tours where you could be with others.
    Good luck, and have a great time.
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