This guide will give the information and tools you need to meet new friends and connections when you move to a new country. Follow the below steps you will have more friends then you know what to do with.
If you work in an office it will be inherently easier to meet people as you are constantly surrounded by co-workers in an office environment. But how about if you are an entrepreneur, digital nomad or someone that works from home? Meeting new people in a brand new country might feel daunting but it doesn’t have to be.
First, keep in mind, that people most likely want to meet you! When you are a foreigner in a new country you will inherently be more interesting to the locals. They will want to hear your story, find out why you moved to their country and be glad to give you any advice you need. That being said, always have a smile on your face when you walk down the street, work in coffee shops or hit the bars. If you look friendly and approachable you will be surprised how many people will come up and talk to you. Don’t be shy. Remember, you have an interesting story. You are living in a new country which many people never get a chance to experience. Tell them why you moved there and why you love their country. You will be the cool kid on the block in no time.
If you have the freedom to work from wherever you want, I would suggest finding a co-working space in your new country. Co-working spaces are places where you can rent a desk for the month and use it as a temporary office. They usually have free wifi, coffee, conference rooms, etc. It’s a great way to meet people with similar interests as most of the people that do work there are entrepreneurs. Once there it will be easy to connect and share ideas with other like minded people. Also, most co-working spaces hold weekly or monthly events where they will bring in different speakers and give you time to mingle with other people in the co-working space. So when you get settled into your new country, I highly suggest you start searching for nearby co-working spaces. It’s a great way to meet people and also a great way to stay motivated and keep you on track.
Making friends in a new country is a lot easier than you might think as long as you keep an open mind and are social. Make sure that once you meet a new person that you quickly follow-up with them. Send them a text message, Facebook request or email and tell them how it was great to meet them. You need to be the one to initiate the dialog after you first meet. Don’t just sit at home waiting for them to contact you. Also, once you meet a friend ask them to connect you with their friends that they think you would get along with. All you really need is one well connected friend and they will be able to introduce you to so many people. All you have to do is ask. Follow the above methods and before you know it you will have plans every night with different friends.