Lost a Traveler’s Email and How to Find Them Again
You had a great time on your group tour and really bonded with one of the travelers in your group.
You laughed, cried, and shared beautiful moments. At the end of the trip, you vowed to keep in touch and exchanged emails.
When you get home you can’t find the slip of paper with their email. You cross your fingers and hope your new friend contacts you. Three, four weeks go by and you don’t hear from them.
It’s possible they lost your email too.
Before you lose hope of talking to your new friend again, here are a few ideas on how to find them.
Check with other travelers
Your tour guide or another traveler in the group might write down a list of everyone’s emails during the trip. If so, they’ll send this out to everyone and your friend will probably on that email list.
Ask other travelers from your group you hear from – they may have also exchanged contact info with the friend you’re looking for.
Ask the tour company
Call or email the tour operator and leave them your contact information, trip details, and the name of the traveler you’re trying to connect with.
For privacy reasons, the tour operator probably won’t share the other traveler’s details with you, but they can forward your information and leave it up to the other traveler to contact you.
If the tour operator’s website has a forum, you can post something there. For example, GAP Adventures has an “Alumni” forum and Imaginative Traveler has a forum as well.
Although there’s no central directory or “phone book” for the internet, most people have some presence online.
In the time you spent together, you probably know your friend’s details like full name, the country or city they live in, their profession or employer name, or if they have special hobbies or certifications. This information will help you search for them online.
Social Network Profiles
Facebook and Twitter are two of the most used social media sites worldwide.
Start with a search on Facebook with their name. If you’re logged in, you can search by name, then refine your search by location, school, or workplace. There may be many results if their name is common but hopefully, they have a recognizable photo with their profile.
Next, search on Twitter with their name, the tour company, tour name, or the country you visited in case they ‘Tweeted’ about their trip.
For a list of social networking sites that are common in various countries, check this Wikipedia entry.