Traveling abroad, I have met people from all over the world. Traveling abroad makes meeting people easier because you have a built-in conversation starter: “Where are you from?” By asking this one simple question, I was able to meet really interesting people that I never would have known otherwise. 

In South Korea I met another ESL teacher named Jose from Canada who’s half Chinese, half Filipino.

I met a Korean woman who studied English in Australia and a Korean man who studied English in England.

I met a guy from the Netherlands on Jeju Island who was traveling around the world by himself for a year. His previous stop was North Korea.

I met a guy on Jeju Island who was born in Poland and grew up in Chicago, and was currently living in Japan. He spoke Polish, English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese…

In Shanghai, China I met a girl from Texas who helped me find my hostel.

The owner of my hostel in Bangkok is from Switzerland.

I met a 23 year old girl in Thailand from London who volunteered in India for four months.

I met a girl in Thailand from Canada who’s half Indian, half white.

I met a guy from England who came to Thailand to teach fire-breathing at circus school.

I met a carpenter from Southern France who was saving money backpacking across Thailand by sleeping in his hammock (with a mosquito net) instead of at hostels.

While in Thailand I met a Korean girl who met her Austrian boyfriend while working as a dive instructor in Maldives.

I met a guy in the Philippines with the last name Moon. His parents named him Honey. To prove that his real name is Honey Moon, he showed me his driver’s license.

“The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine