So you’re moving to a new city. This is an incredibly exciting time. Meeting new people, making new friends, discovering a new culture and language and eating delicious foreign foods are the benefits of moving to a new city. But, if this is your first time, then it can become a bit overwhelming. Where do you go? Where can you meet open people and possibly make new friends?
Luckily, you have the Unemployed Graduate that has lived in 5 different countries and is a pro at getting the most out of changing cities. Here are 5 tips you can apply to any new country and get the most out of this transition period.
1. Be a Tourist and Ignore Your Phone
The first tip is to always be a tourist. Get to know the place in which you are going to spend the next few weeks, months or even years. You have that adorable naive excuse to whip on the sunscreen, strap your camera to your hip, buy a PAPER map (very important) and try touristy areas. Find the best places to eat, chill and do activities. Make a list of all the interesting places you want to visit or try and keep adding to the list as you get to know your new city.
Oh, there is a reason why I passive aggressively wrote to buy a paper map and that reason is to ignore your phone. Learn to navigate the streets by yourself, this will become handy when you start your new routine. Also, don’t look at TripAdvisor or Google maps, be open and find the places for yourself. If you have no clue where to go, then ask a local; this will get you at ease to opening up to people and you will start to make connections and maybe even friends.
2. Don’t be afraid of the locals
Speak to the locals and you will get the best type of recommendations. Find activities that you enjoy doing and start from there; join a gym, a dance class or, hell, do something completely new, you’re in a new city after all! Here you will find people with common interest that can easily turn into new friends.
If you find yourself in a city of an unknown language, then try your best to communicate with all around you. The best way to learn a new language is to completely immerse yourself and just speak, no matter how many mistake (also locals will respect you for trying).
Don’t be afraid of the locals and try not to be shy; be open and speak to new people. You still have that semi-tourist excuse, so people won’t shove you away because you want to know where to get the best burger in town.
3. Don’t wait to be invited
Tip 3 is very important. When moving to a new place, remember that you are the one that wants new friends and experiences, therefore don’t wait for people to make plans around you. These people already have connections and friends, so don’t expect them to make the first move.
If you have met someone interesting whether it be a colleague or a local, invite them out. Grab a drink with them or even a meal. Once again use the list of cool places you want to visit and ask them if they want to go with you, or better yet, ask them if they want to show you their favourite places around the city.
4. Get Active
Getting Active means to find new activities to do. Now I give you permission to use your phone! Try spend as little time at home as you can; unless you need a rest. The internet has many new ways of finding people in the exact position you find yourself in (new people that have just moved to a city). Search Facebook, download new apps and you can really find some cool activities to pass the time and meet new people.
5. Movida is your best friend
Ah yes, good old night life. This tip will get you out of your comfort zone, but will reap the most benefit when trying to make new friends. Being out at night makes it a bit easier to talk to people as they are more susceptible to socialise.
Put tips 1 to 4 together to plan your next night activity; find a pub crawl and be a tourist for the night, speak to locals, find new groups that are going things you enjoy or just invite a co-woker out for a drink. Just have some fun.
And there you have! The 5 Unemployed Graduate tips to enjoying a new city you have just moved to. These tips work just fine, even if you are going for a short trip, just remember to be open, happy and have a good time.
Each tip has a photo of one of the cities that the Unemployed Graduate lived in. Try and guess which cities they are and leave it in the comments.