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This post may contain affiliate links to things like tours, hotels, Amazon associates and products. These help me earn a small commission at no additional charge to you. Moving to a new city or overseas? A year ago, I moved to Mexico City not knowing anyone and barely speaking a word of Spanish. Was I really moving to Mexico City with no friends, job or plan aside from the first 7 nights in an Airbnb? You bet! It went pretty well. Within a few months, I had a group to hang out with at weekends and take trips away with.
After my experiences moving to Mexico City, I decided to write this blog post to help others in the same situation, regardless of location. Life was good but I was getting tired of transient connections. The challenges of travelling solo include getting lonely and burnt out. I planned to spend longer than a couple of weeks to really get stuck into the city.
I was craving friends I could get to know rather than leave behind. It had always worked out while backpacking, right? Other travellers are always up to socialise. Related read: how to find and pick a travel buddy. When answering the question how do I meet friends in a new city?
You probably want friends beyond work anyway. This was my first step when moving to Mexico City. I posted in several Facebook groups introducing myself and explaining I was new to the city. I went with bars and coffee but if you prefer hiking or photography, suggest that instead. I even found a group for British and Irish people in Mexico City. as many as possible and fill out the requested questions so you get accepted.
Bonus point: As well as posting, search the group for similar messages posted in the last few months. They may still be looking to make friends and better yet, might have already met people they can introduce you to! Both have their benefits! I ended up in a language exchange WhatsApp group in Mexico City with Spanish and English speakers of varying abilities. They held big group meetups but I also arranged a few one-on-one cafe meetups. A good way to find language exchange groups brings me to my next point….
Check out Meetup which is a website, and now a mobile app, based on… you guessed it… meeting people in new cities! It depends on the location but there are usually groups for different ages, working styles, interest, hobbies etc. If there are no groups that appeal, you can start your own. Meeting friends in a new city is like a ball rolling. A friend I made in a Mexico City Facebook group, Cat, added me to her work WhatsApp group with lots of expat English teachers who were also new to the city.
They became my closest friends in Mexico City. Had Cat not known I was looking to make new friends, I might have never have! Even if your cousin has an ex-colleague who lives there, you might glean some tips or even meet up. Use your first few weeks wisely. I remember walking home after a busy day when a new Whatsapp group buzzed. One of the girls, Brooke, invited people to meet her at a coffee shop. I was feeling tired and not in the mood to meet brand new people. But I pushed myself and was glad I did because it led to many future meetups.
You can meet people anywhere but the chances of making like-minded friends in a new city are heightened if you have a shared interest. In life generally, I believe following your passions and interests can only lead you in the right direction. Best activities to make friends in a new town:. Engage with their content — you may build a connection! After meeting April, she invited me to her book club. Some book clubs may operate on a bigger scale but ours was just four of us meeting monthly in a coffee shop. We chatted about the books maybe a third of the time…. This could be a way to meet friends in a new city.
Arrange dates in public places and tell someone your plans. Sounds weird? Stay with me. One of my friends made a new bestie albeit not intentionally on a dog walking website in the UK. The premise of these is that busy owners list slots to walk their dogs, and dogless dog-lovers up to walk them. There are several of these websites around the world or you can volunteer at a rescue centre. In Mexico City, we have the opportunity to walk rescue pubs each weekend in Parque Mexico. While new in Mexico City, I was more proactive than ever before. Depending how confident you are, it can be hard to put yourself out there.
Remember to be yourself. Being adaptable and flexible is a great way to make friends in a new city. I hope you have a better idea of how to make new friends in a new city. Moving away from home can be such a fantastic, life-affirming experience that takes you out of your comfort zone and expands your horizons.
Meeting like-minded friends makes it even better! Rose is a solo traveller from the UK who has been on the road since She wants to show other women that solo travel isn't scary and doesn't have to be expensive! Rose has lived in Mexico, Canada and all over Asia, seeking out food, bubble tea and street art wherever she goes! Table of Contents. Consider: Language classes — formal settings with a teacher. Language meetups — informal social meetups where the focus is improving language skills. Often free. Thanks for reading! Moving abroad or travelling solo? Check out my related blogs: solo travel tips Solo travel vs group tours Solo travel myths you should ignore 10 reasons to travel solo See you next time, Rose Pin this for later!
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