We can all get a little tense from time to time, especially when we’re thrown into new situations. One of the biggest things we hear from children and their parents is that they’re nervous that they won’t make any friends or that nobody will like them. Thankfully however, this is never the case! Our holidays are specially designed to be fun and care-free, but just in case, here are some tips to help you make friends while on holiday.
You’re not the only one
Just remember, you’re probably not the only one thinking this. Nearly everybody you talk to is going to be in the same boat as you – they’re just trying to make friends too. Think about how you would feel if somebody came up and tried to make friends with you, you would probably be really happy about it. People you talk to will likely feel the same way when you approach them.
Find things you have in common
When you do find yourself chatting to other people, try to get to know their interests. Ask them what they like to do, what their favourite kind of music is or what their favourite school subject is. The more you learn about someone, the more likely you are to find out what you have in common with them. Once you find something in common, talk about that for a while. Before long, you’ll be talking for hours!
People are much friendlier to you if you’re kind to them in return. Just by being happy and nice to people, you’ll find you make friends a lot easier. Always remember though, sometimes people can nervous when you speak to them for the first time – it doesn’t mean that they don’t like you, just that they might need a little more time to relax.
Now this is something which you won’t be able to avoid on one of our free charity breaks. Our holidays are always packed with fun stuff to do like rock climbing, zip lining and cycling which means you, and everyone else you’re with will never get bored. Trying out new experiences with other children will help you to make life lifelong friends. If somebody in your group is scared to do something, you can encourage them and let them know that everything is OK. Then when it’s your turn, they’ll help you out in the same way.
Don’t get worked up too much about making friends, you’re on holiday to have run after all. If you think about it too much, you’ll just get nervous which can make things worse. If you’re coming on one of our charity holidays, don’t worry, there is always a friendly person to talk to, whether they’re an adult or another child on the same holiday as you.