If you moved to a new city without any connections there, making new friends as an adult can be tricky, but it’s not impossible.
So you’re moving to a new city? It’s exciting, but it can also be intimidating if you’re doing it alone. Making friends with the locals is a quick way to feel more comfortable and familiar with the new location, but with adult responsibilities, it’s not as easy as it once was. The good news is, it’s not impossible. It just takes a little more effort, some creativity, and with these quick tips, you can make it happen.
Reach out to all of your contacts – The first thing you should always try to do is reach out to all of your contacts that live in the area. Even if you don’t know them as well as your other friends, ask them if they could show you some of their favorite places. It not only gives people an excuse to go back to their favorite restaurant or bar, but it could also introduce you to their friends as well.
Explore out of your comfort zone – Being alone in a new city is already uncomfortable, might as well branch out and try to do something you normally wouldn’t before. Maybe try walking around downtown and explore some museums, or find a local event to be a part of. It’s a little awkward to go out by yourself at first, but you never know what you’ll find until you leave your comfort zone.
Eat out by yourself – Every city has its locally-loved restaurants. Try going out every now and then and find the best place to eat a burger, or where to drink a pint of your favorite beer. Make sure to go to the bar instead of a table though. It’ll be more likely for you to strike up a conversation with someone. Odds are, someone else there could be doing the exact same thing.
Rent an Airbnb – Airbnb hosts are a great way to find out what’s great to check out nearby. You’ll always have a local nearby to answer any questions that you have about the city, and if you’re lucky, they might even show you around.