Join a sports team, take a cooking class; find something that you enjoy doing outside of work.
Keeping up with your passions not only helps to keep your sanity, lift your mood, and make you a more interesting person overall, but it also gives you the chance to meet like-minded people who can potentially become friends.
If you already know it, that makes things one step easier, but if not, dedicate some time each day to learning and, hopefully one day, mastering it.
Sign up for a class at the local language school or find a tandem partner to practice with.
Plus, having more friends in your new location can certainly help make your new environment feel like home.
Making any friends of course is a very good thing, but it is also important to have some other single friends.
Can’t find any group that you normally would have joined? Being in a new country offers you a clean slate to try new things and become a new, improved person.
Suddenly you start to realize that neither are your family and friends just a few streets, towns, or a local phone call away, nor is there a boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife to turn to for comfort.Though this can seem like an overwhelming task, never fear; I have tried and tested suggestions which can help aid in overcoming these hurdles.As I have said time and time again, one of the most important ways of adjusting to your new culture is learning the language.People now have less time, a developing career, steady partners, children, or possibly already a set friend base.How does a single, female expat, make friends in a new town?After my own personal encounters meeting some very strong and inspiring expat women, as well as from reading recent articles here on Inter Nations contributed by “trailing spouses”, I was motivated to write about another group of inspirational, strong female expats.It is a group less commonly discussed, and one to which I belong: the single, female expat.Make sure also to keep in contact with your loved ones at home. Sometimes, having someone to talk to on the other side of the screen is a great comfort.Another potentially exciting option is trying out online dating.Sometimes we need someone who knows where we are coming from, with whom we share some common ground.Find these people by looking out for expat groups (like Inter Nations) or do a search online for such groups in your city. Doing a hobby you enjoy can be beneficial for you as an individual, as well as open up opportunities to meet others.