How to meet new people, where to make new friends in a (new) city
How to meet new people? It’s sometimes a question we think all about. If you ask one of your friend, he will tell you, just go out! Yes… sure, it’s a start but not always easy. Some people are really good at meeting new people, some other are less.
So where to meet people?
Working place? Yeah it works at works at the beginning, but after a while you tend to know everyone there and you need to meet new people.
I heard many people saying bars and clubs are good way to meet new people. I personally don’t think a club will be good. A bar is nice but you will usually stay with your group friends specially if you are the kind of shy type of person.
Gigs and festival is a better place as we already know you share some music taste, it can be the start of a conversation and you can discover new music from each other.
Wait a minute, that’s cool but what if I am alone?
Well what stop you to go somewhere alone? Ok, I can understand.
I am not always very confident or in the mood to be social. But I discover a some events where people you will meet are social and are up to meet other people.
I know two good websites to find those kind of events. Meetup.com and couchsurfing.org you can definitely attends to those events alone as it’s what people do. Give it a try!
Meet new people in your city, check Meetup
Meetup.com list all kind of event, there groups of people who like specific activities and you can join to groups and go to their events. Often for free or sometimes for a small amount of money, that’s all depends of the groups and activities, etc…
There are groups for so many topics, from language exchange, to some sport group, to a walking and exploring the city groups, photograph groups, the cinema lovers, artists, reader, pub lovers, food lovers, have a look it’s free. Just select your city and check the listing by date, see if anything interest you and go have a good time and meet new people there. The rest will follow.
You travel and you are new in a city? Look at Couchsurfing
Couchsurfing is more particular. It is a service that connects members to a global community of travelers. The idea is to use Couchsurfing to find a place to stay or share your home and hometown with travelers.
However, couchsurfers organize regular events in 100,000 cities around the world. There’s always something to do and new friends to meet.
I met lots of people travelling alone and making new friends really quickly.