String fullTitle = "How to be social abroad?";
int postNumber = "1433612";
String image = "Muslim travel ban.jpg";
String date = "07/12/18(Thu)22:39:21";
String comment = "I did a long backpacking trip back in summer of 2014, after that I had a lot of shit happen in my life that left me broken and depressed. I didn't travel much after that, withdrew into myself, and became socially retarded, again. I was never a social butterfly to begin with, and the concept of "small talking" doesn't exist in my culture, but it was like I actually contracted autism. I couldn't small talk for shit, trying to talk to people I just ended up agreeing with anything like "yeah", "I know", occasionally repeating what they just said etc.
I've done a lot of work on myself for the past 6 months, but what little social skills I had back then still seem to be dormant. Now I've booked another backpacking trip for this summer, the first real solo traveling I've done in 4 years. I'm super stoked, at the same time I'm afraid I'll just be by myself the entire time because I either can't or won't speak to other people at my hostel. Help?
What I essentially need is a crash course on how to be social at the hostel. How do I start a conversation with a stranger, or even worse, a group of strangers, in the common room? I always book dorms to sorta help me along, as it's a smaller group and we're all "in the same boat" there, but I know I've gotta break out of my comfort zone at some point if I want to make friends abroad.
How do I/is it socially acceptable to:
>talk to strangers in the hostel common room
>talk to a girl/group of girls
>talk to people at the hostel bar, where applicable
>ask someone to join me on a day trip to wherever
>tag along with a group of people at the hostel and just join in on their conversation
>for a dude to suddenly start talking to other dudes?
Sorry for what must be a very spergy thread, but I really need some help getting over this social anxiety. Tips, stories, actual advice, Youtube videos, etc, anything will be helpful. Also, no bully pls.
So yeah, tldr: How to be social when you've been a shut-in for the past 3 years. Pic unrelated";