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How to Make Friends and More When You Relocate

How to Make Friends and More When You Relocate

Moving to a new city, state, country or to the other side of the world can be very exciting, however, it can also be a very daunting prospect, especially if you’re doing it on your own. Leaving loved ones and firm friends behind is a very courageous thing to do.

You might be relocating because you’ve just graduated from college and are starting a new job. You could be moving because of a promotion. Whatever the reason, it’ll be easy to stay at home every night with just yourself for company. After a while, however, you’re going to start feeling lonely. Here are some tips to help you get out there and experience all your new location has to offer.

Are There Any Old Acquaintances You Can Hook Up With?


A good place to start is by looking for old acquaintances who may also have moved to the same area. College graduates should check out their alumni network while the rest of you should try a Facebook search. You might have a long-lostschool friend living just around the corner. Keeping in touch with those you’ve left behind is also going to help during the transition period.

Don’t Be Afraid to Go Out on Your Own


If you want to experience a new city you have to get out there and see what’s available. There are a wealth of things you can do to bring you into contact with new people. Try checking out local restaurants, walking in the park, sipping coffee at a coffee shop, and attending special events. You’re bound to be a little nervous to start with, but it won’t be long before you’ve got a full schedule.

You never know who you’re going to meet if you’ve got the confidence to go out on your own. As well as making new friends you could also meet a dating partner. Before you know it, you’ll be looking for dating advice.

Sign Up for a Class


If you’ve got hobbies and interests you enjoy then look for opportunities to practice them in your new location. Find a local running club if you love jogging. If you’ve always participated in a charity event, such as an auction, then look for something similar. You’ll easily meet people who could grow into friends if you’re doing something you’re already comfortable with.

Adopt a Dog


Dogs are great if you want to make new friends. There’s also the added bonus of a new furry companion. Visit Petfinder or Adopt a Pet if you think you’ve got the time to devote to a pet. There’s also an app called Meet My Dog that helps you find new friends for both you and your dog.

Use an App


You’ve probably heard about apps for dating. You can also use apps to help you make friends. You get the opportunity to get to know someone before you actually meet up, so you can be a little more certain whether you’re going to click.

Moving to a new city can be very scary but it doesn’t have to be that way if you pluck up the courage to go out and see what’s available. You never know who you might meet.


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