This is the follow up post to Part 1: meeting people through online social networks. There are great options for meeting people online, but let’s not forget about the old-fashioned face-to-face concept! After all, don’t you want to be sure your new friends don’t have abhorrent body odor or a screeching laugh that makes you cringe? These are important things to keep in mind people! So let’s get offline and outside to meet people.
This is a great way to do something positive while meeting new people. Obviously friends are more likely to happen the more regularly you volunteer with a particular organization. Working with an organization that you’re passionate about will make it more likely to meet people with those common interests. Finding opportunities online is simple but don’t forget to consider heading to an organization of your choice to inquire in person. Surprise – not everything is on the internet! Just think about what interests you like working at a food bank, homeless shelter, hospital, orphanage, etc. There’s really no limit here.
Staying a few days at a hostel is another great way to meet people easily. Hostels naturally have a community atmosphere about them that promotes getting to know one another. Granted, hostels are usually used by travelers so most people are just passing through and they may not exactly be your target audience for a new friend. However, it is quite common to meet people in hostels who recently moved to the new city and are staying there until they find a permanent residence. How are you going to find that person? Start chitchatting! If you want to be a little more aggressive with the hostel option, you could also consider working at a hostel. They often have arrangements where a person works works part time for them and they in turn receive a free accommodation. It’s a great way to get to know the staff and the other patrons better. It’s exactly what I’m doing in Madrid! I’m meeting great people and on top of that, practicing my Spanish.
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do, a hobby you’ve always been intrigued by but have never had the time to actually learn it? Well guess what, if you’re friendless in a new city, you’ve got nothing but time! Whether it’s learning to ride a horse, play tennis, play the piano, or learn a second language, it’s a great opportunity to pick up a new hobby and meet others with the same interest. Just because you’ve finished school doesn’t mean you can’t go back to class. Auston and I are currently pursuing leads for free Spanish classes offered in Madrid (we’ll keep you posted if we succeed).
Just get involved!
These are just a few examples of way to meet people. Some of them we’ve tried and others we’ll do for the first time in Madrid. There are endless ways to meet new people whether you’re a transplant to the city, a traveler passing through, or just in need a social life uplift. Just get involved in something! Auston and I once joined a gay flag football league in Chicago hoping to meet new people, so consider finding a sport, a cause, a social network, a new hobby you want to learn, anything! Then go with an open mind and a willingness to trust people. Allow others to get to know you and leave your fear of rejection behind. A key thing to remember is that most of the people you talk to are looking for new friends too or will happily include you in their existing circles (assuming you’re not loco). Someone just has to make the first move. Let it be YOU!Have you ever moved to a new city? What did you do to meet new people? How long did it take for you to make good friends?