Easily my favorite thing in the world is to have a Conversation with someone. This can even be a total stranger. In fact, I adore getting to know new people.
I used to travel alone in my braver days mostly because it opened up the opportunity to meet new people and have conversations with them.
I used to be impetuous and spontaneous and would get off the plane somewhere in Europe with a backpack on my back and no clear destination in mind. I would look for the local pubs, (as opposed to the touristy ones), and find some of the most fascinating hidden treasures.
I found lodging that way, amazing little sights I would have never found in a guidebook, and beautiful rainbows of people from all walks of life that I would have never met otherwise.
I love going off the beaten path to meet people. I do this in small towns in America too. I have always found the local bar to be the best place to do this, even though I don’t drink really anymore. It’s still a great place to meet people and gather local information. Maybe that’s just the ex-bartender in me.
Regardless, I try to never be in such a hurry that I don’t have a few minutes to stop and talk to a new person. Some people find me obviously annoying, but most are genuinely happy to have a chance to talk about themselves.
Everyone wants to be listened to.