09/16/2013 03:18 pm ET Updated Nov 16, 2013

How to Make Solo Travel Less Solo (VIDEO)

Solo travel is one of the most transformative experiences we can plan in life. It leads us to new truths, helps form a resilient sense of self and can be wildly fulfilling.

For my first solo voyage, I traveled to Florence for a summer of learning Italian, taking cooking classes and immersing myself in local culture. It was a true escape from my life as I knew it. And it whet my appetite for many more solo jaunts in the future.

During trips to places as varied as Nicaragua and Peru to Germany and Spain, I picked up techniques that make traveling alone go smoothly.

And in this video, I'll talk about ways to take the edge off of these kinds of travels -- ways to set yourself up with "social-ins." Essentially, these tips will help turn your solo travel experience into one full of new relationships forged.

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