By far the best part of travel is meeting people. You don’t have to be an extrovert to meet people on holidays, it just happens organically.
If you really think about the folk you meet, it would add up to the hundreds, the person who makes your coffee, hands you your room key, drives the taxi , serves your food, gives you directions in the street, you may not have a long exchange but you will remember the place, the reason you were there.
I make a habit when I’m on holidays to talk to as many people as I can. I love hearing what other people have to say it is an insight into humanity, into a life in a foreign country. People always have something to say, conversations can be about the weather, traffic, politics, celebrities or pets, it doesn’t matter what you talk about, it is the interaction with people that gives you so much insight into this wonderful planet we live in.
I make a habit of talking to the person sitting next to me on aeroplanes (I know, I am the person you silently wish wouldn’t sit next to you) but over the years I have had so many wonderful conversations it restores my faith in human nature. Travel gives you the opportunity to meet people you would otherwise not come into contact with, it’s not about making lifelong friends but broadening your mind and knowledge of how people live in different countries, communities and climates, we are so alike in many ways and then so different.