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How to meet new people when living abroad

In our previous blog posts, we talked about how it‘s important to meet new people when living abroad and going out as much as you can. But many people find it intimidating to just talk to strangers. So we‘ve gathered some helpful tips for you to meet new people when living abroad.

1. Work or school

This is the easiest way to meet new people. Maybe you‘re abroad to study or gain work experience and are surrounded by people the whole day anyway! This is a great opportunity to just go up to someone and ask them to show you around. Maybe you can ask them for a recommendation for where to eat for lunch and invite them along!

2. Social Media

Thankfully we have the internet these days! It makes it much easier for everyone to meet new people. There are many sites that are specifically for people living abroad to meet others in the same situation. But if you don‘t want to sign up for a new site, you can join a Facebook group where there are people posting upcoming events or just striking up conversations.

3. Do things you enjoy

It‘s easy to strike up a conversation about something that you genuinely enjoy. Do you like art? Why not go into an art gallery and start a conversation about the art pieces! This way you will find people with the same interests as you and you might just make plans to go to the next gallery or museum together.

4. Talk to strangers

When you were younger you were probably told to stay away from strangers but now you need to do the opposite! This is what most people find difficult but you need to get out of your comfort zone and be the first one to strike up a conversation. It doesn‘t help you if you participate in all the different activities when you just keep to yourself! Otherwise, it will be very hard to meet new people when living abroad.

5. Sign up for classes

Take a language course, sign up for the gym, take a dance class or go to workshops! In all of these scenarios, you are bound to meet other people and have a nice time while doing so! Just look online which courses are offered in your area and sign up for one. You won‘t regret it.

With our advice, you are bound to meet new people and you hopefully found our tips on how to meet new people when living abroad as helpful as we did.


Also read:

How to deal with feeling homesick

6 tips on staying safe abroad

Tips for traveling solo


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