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Why Discussing Travel is the Best Way to Make Small Talk

by Courtney
Why Discussing Travel is the Best Way to Make Small Talk

Small talk.

Loved by some, despised by many. Whether you’ve been left alone by your partner at a party where you know no-one, or you’ve found yourself in a conversation with a stranger while you wait in line at the post office, everyone has had to make small talk at some point in their lives.

Some people struggle with it. Some people thrive. As for me? I just talk about travel.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It is a common denominator

As a self-proclaimed introvert/extrovert hybrid, it really all depends on my mood at the time when it comes to making small talk with strangers or acquaintances. Sometimes, I find it easier than anything to chat to people I hardly know, and others it feels almost impossible. Either way, the best way to make small talk is to find a common denominator between yourself and your new friend.

My favourite common denominator is travel, of course.

 Not only is travel a topic that I love to discuss, but it is also one that most people have an interest in. Most of the time, you’ll find that other people like talking about their adventures too. Some of the best conversations I’ve had with random people have been about places we’ve both visited or places we’re dreaming of travelling to next.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It is super simple, stupid

Making small talk with someone you don’t know very well, or at all can be tough when you’re completely blind to their personality or opinions. Controversial topics are risky (who wants to end up in an argument with a stranger over your religious or political beliefs?) so keeping it simple is really the best option, isn’t it?

There is nothing simpler to discuss than travelling. Where you’ve been, where you’re going next, and everywhere in the big wide world that you want to go. All you need to say to start the conversation is, “So, do you have any trips planned for this year?”

EASY PEASY!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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You may discover something new

So you’ve found yourself in a situation where you’re making small talk with a stranger or acquaintance. You’re happily chatting about your last trip to your favourite tropical island when they start talking about a destination you’ve never even heard of, let alone ever been to. Before you know it, they’ve got their phone out and are showing you their Instagram feed from their trip.

You stare at the phone with wide eyes – it looks bloody incredible. Congratulations, you’ve just discovered a new destination!

Talking about your adventures with someone you don’t know very well is a great way to discover new places to visit. The best part? If they’re nice enough, they might even share their favourite places to grab a bite or drink, or directions to the secret waterfall that looked amazing on their Instagram page!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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What if they don’t like travelling?

There is always the possibility that you’ll start chatting to someone and they’ll completely brush away any conversation about travel, or straight out say that travel doesn’t interest them. Uh oh – what do you do now?

Run. As fast as you can. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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So, to sum it all up, discussing travel is the best way to make small talk because most people do it, a lot of people love it, it’s a safe and interesting topic of conversation, and of course, you may find yourself with a new travel buddy or new destination to check out!

What’s your favourite thing to chat about when making small talk (apart from travel)? Tell me in the comments!

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