Moving to another country is a big step. There is simply a lot to think about – finding the right place, finding the best moving company, packing, figuring out your finances, buying or renting a new place, selling your old home, shipping or selling your vehicle, and so on and so on. And once you actually relocate, you’re still not done. You still need to unpack, get to know your new city, find a job, and settle down. One more hurdle you will have to overcome once you move abroad is meeting new people.
As children, we find it quite easy to make new friends. However, as we grow up and grow older, meeting new people becomes a daunting task. So in order to help you form new friendships in a foreign country, we at Sunset Moving have put together this short guide.
Introduce Yourself to Your Neighbors
Don’t be afraid to make the first move. Once you settle down and unpack, knock on your neighbors’ doors and introduce yourself. Let them know that you just moved in and tell them something about yourself. You could also offer to give them your telephone number, so they can reach you in case they need to. Even if you don’t end up being friends, maintaining a healthy relationship with your neighbors will make your life much easier.
Introduce Yourself to Your Coworkers
If you are going to work in a foreign country, do your best to be friendly to your new coworkers. Studies have shown that one of the best ways to make someone like you is to ask them for a small favor. So you could ask someone to give you a quick tour around the offices or introduce you to everyone. If you find it appropriate, you could ask your new coworkers out for after-work drinks.
Join a Class
A great way to meet people with interests similar to yours is to take up a hobby and join a class. Since you are moving abroad, this could be a language class. This way, you will not only meet new people, but you will meet people who are in a similar situation as you, which will make it even easier for you to bond.
Throw a Party
Once your home is ready, you could throw a housewarming party. Invite your neighbors and coworkers over. This will be a great first step to form a strong bond with some of them. You could think of fun activities for you all to do, or you could simply let it flow spontaneously.
Use the Internet
Friendships that begin on the internet are most of the time unjustly shunned. In fact, the internet is a great tool for meeting new people. Don’t be afraid to use it. However, if you end up agreeing to meet with someone in person, make sure you meet somewhere where it’s well-lit and full of people. You don’t want to risk it.
We hope this quick guide helps you at least a little in forming new friendships in a new country. And if you need help moving, you know who you can count on! Sunset Moving will provide you with all the necessary international relocation services and information. We are looking forward to hearing from you!