Provide a host profile for your particular location, if you wish.
You can also join a variety of events where you can meet people, ranging from language classes and parties to tours of local sights.
However, striking up a conversation with that cute guy in the café in Lima or approaching some locals at a pub in Dublin can be downright intimidating.
Below are some social network sites to help you meet people, embrace your host country's culture and make some incredible memories.
), the site's message boards help you locate travel buddies and organize meetups at your destination or program.
You can find travelers to meet up with on your stopover in Accra, discover friends volunteering at the same orphanage in Bolivia or see if anyone's willing to take a four-month trip with you across Southeast Asia.
Be Welcome differs from the previous sites in that the profiles go into more detail, for example: How many days are guests allowed to stay at a host's residence? Members can access a comments page where former guests can discus their host and experience.
But regardless whether you’re just hopping a couple hours away or flying halfway across the world, the people you meet abroad are the most memorable parts of travelling.
Inter Nations is on the more exclusive side of the spectrum when it comes to social networks.
It's a network for expats to exchange tips on international schools, housing, visas, city guides and more.
You can't simply sign up, however; membership is strictly invitation-based, meaning you have to apply first.
While a backpacker just passing through probably won't find this network useful, Inter Nation can help more long-term transplants find professional and personal connections. For a one-time fee of .99, you can contact potential travel buddies, write and read reviews for hotels, bars and sights, as well as contact locals and receive updates when someone travels to your hometown or destination.
Tailor your search to shared interests, gender, travel dates and more.