I moved only an hour away from family and friends almost two years ago, and no matter what anyone tells you, it is certainly a challenge to enter a new environment!
However, as they say, if you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. So, here’s my advice on making it fun to meet new people:
Take your work to a local coffee shop and chat with others
Ask the person next to you, “What are you working on?” and even ask for their recommendations on their favorite place to grab lunch.
Join an exercise group
There’s no better way to sweat off your nerves and meet likeminded people than doing what you love. If you’re a yogi, go to yoga! If you’re a runner, look for a run club. But, since you’re already out of your comfort zone in a brand new city – I’d suggest you don’t do something totally new right off the bat. Stick with an exercise you love and I’m sure you’ll meet a sweet friend to have coffee with afterward.
If you head out to dinner, try sitting at the bar
Even if you don’t order a drink, it’s nice to rub elbows and get to know your neighbors.
But, most of all, be patient with yourself! It took you months, or even years to meet your current crop of friends so allow this process to unfold naturally.