Finding friends in a foreign environment can be tough. Here are 7 top tips:
- Begin at work. Your new colleagues will probably be the only local you know, and certainly trust in the first instance. They will be warm and welcoming – so respond to this. If they invite you out for lunch or a drink, join them. It’s your golden opportunity to cement friendships inside the office, and through them you will have new friend-making opportunities.
- Join an expat group. As above, they will be welcoming too. Every expats will be in the same position. Go along to an activity or two, and see what happens.
- Find a hobby. “Hobbies” might seem a quaint term these days, but they still have appeal. Whether it’s yoga or shooting, a hobby can introduce you to like-minded people.
- Similar to the above, language classes are logically a great way to meet other glomads. With a new language under your belt, you will also make more progress in your adopted country.
- Go digital. Open a social media account and share your experiences with others. Through social media you will discover new people.
- Be wary of local customs and practices if you are looking to make local friends. One wrong move, however inconsequential it might seem, can ruin a relationship for good.
- If all else fails, go to the bar and drink (a tip that can be applied to many situations). Many foreigners like bars. The downside with this approach, however, is that shallow relationships are born.