Mind if I camp out here and use this outlet?
Why it works: Meeting people on an airplane is always a little intimidating because there's a time limit. But if you can cozy up to a cutie (who also happens to be next to an outlet that you need), it'll make talking to them on the flight less intimidating.
Can you take my photo? I came here just for the 'Gram.
Why it works: Asking strangers to take your photo on vacation is a very normal thing to do. Who knows? They might want to exchange Insta handles.
Do you think you could translate this for me?
Why it works: Asking someone for help, or being slightly self-deprecating, can be an easy way into a conversation, because people like to be helpful.
Tell me: Where do the locals go to party?
Why it works: Even if you don't end up hooking up, at least you'll get the scoop on the best hangouts.
Are you guys coming from the beach? Is it worth a trip?
Why it works: The real reason why you should always use a car-share option when you're hailing a ride (besides helping the environment, or whatever) is to meet people. You'll probably know their name (because it shows you on the app you're using), so just be friendly and chatty.
Do you have any restaurant tips for solo travelers?
Why it works: You don't have to dance around the fact that you're traveling solo, and they might want to join you. It happened in Master of None and almost worked out.
Did you just use Amortentia?
Why it works: Should you happen to find yourself at one of the Harry Potter theme parks, your knowledge of this specific love potion will send the message that you're interested and know a lot about Harry Potter (which will be impressive to anyone you'd want to bed down).
Do you happen to have the Wi-Fi password?
Why it works: Pull up a chair next to them, or sidle up on the same big couch. Get comfortable. Order a few drinks. Start chatting. If it doesn't work out, you've got your phone, and whatever it was you had to do online. If it does, though — you're already at the hotel.