Whatever your reason for moving abroad, many people don’t have friends or family to greet them when they land. Even those who are moving with a family of their own often find the isolation of not having a support network difficult. A lack of community is one of the largest contributors to culture shock, which is why it’s so important to meet people and make friends as soon as possible!
Luckily, technology has made it way easier to meet people in your area. No matter what you’re interests are or what age group you fall into, if you’re willing to make a little effort, you’ll have friends in no time.
Most of us spend a lot of time with our colleagues, and if you’re in the same job or industry then you already have something in common. Use post-work drinks and lunchtimes to get to know your colleagues and figure out if you can befriend any of them outside of work.
Freelancers often find it hard to work from home, which is why co-working spaces are so popular. With this in mind, why not test out the local co-working space? Almost all cities and towns offer spaces for digital nomads and freelancers to work from.
If you frequent the same one, you’ll almost definitely catch eyes with others who use the space regularly. Strike up a conversation, ask them if they want to grab a coffee break – the chances are, they’re there for a bit of social interaction too.
Believe it or not, Tinder isn’t the only app to help you, ahem, ‘meet people’. It’s completely possible to make friends using apps too. The most popular app for those looking to make friends overseas is MeetUp. The app has groups based on age and interests, so you can find ‘your’ people. Other alternatives include Bumble Friends, which offers an alternative for those not looking to date.
Facebook is another game-changer for those looking to meet new people. All you need to do is type in ‘New in… XXXX’, or “Meetups in XXXX” and you’re almost guaranteed to get results.
For digital nomads and freelancers, there’s a lot of fantastic travel groups out there, if you enter ‘digital nomads’, ‘travel’, or ‘expats’ into Facebook.
Nowadays, you can find a class for almost every interest out there, from painting to languages to writing. You automatically know you have something in common with everyone in that class, so signing up is a sure-fire way of making friends!
Classes are a great way to meet locals and expats doing the same as you – looking for a way to explore their interests in a social setting!
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