05 Jun Finding virtual travel friends
As a solo female traveller, potentially visiting Morocco, but most certainly Portugal (no worries there), I have begun sending out emails to web sites in hopes of finding a fellow traveller. Ideally, someone who likes to hike big mountains.
I began with MEC.ca, which has a list of travellers looking for other travellers. No Morocco. However, I did get a reply from a guy named Dan in Vancouver. He’d been to Mount Toubkal before so he sent an amazing email detailing the hike: where to start, how much to pay–the whole enchilada. Great, but still partnerless. Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in Northern Africa (over 4,000 meters), so I think I need to go global. Next up, I post on Trekkingpartners.com. So far, nadda.
Travelpickr.com. You post where you’re going and guiding companies send their info. Again, I have emailed those companies and received nothing back. Arg. I’m starting to take this personally.
I did, however, stumble upon the coolest thing; in Porto, where I’m staying, there is a day long ‘hang out’ with an artist. The city pairs you up with an artist to sculpt, paint, or whatever you like, for an entire day. I signed up immediately.
Finally, my last pitch to find a friend abroad: www.wikiloc.com. Similar to any social media site, this one is all about trails — hiking, and running. I sent a message to RUI. (ruu—eeee). It might come down to this:
At coffee shop, sucking back strong Portuguese coffee. Someone sits down next to me with a backpack. “Hi, where are you from?” “Oh, I’m actually from Toronto…” “Cool, any chance you going to Morocco?” “Why, yes, I’m hiking Mount Toubkal….”