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How to Socialize in a New Country

Monday, November 20, 2023
People in the bar who met in a new country they moved to

People are creatures of companionship. We all have a particular need to socialize after moving to a new place. We like to be around friends, families, and even co-workers. Regardless of if you are an introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between, making friends can make life a lot easier. Certainly, when living in a new country or even a new state. But, how can you meet new people and socialize in a new country? Well, here is a little guide on socializing after moving.

Meeting Up with People from Work

Four coworkers in open space co-working office getting to know each other

If you are moving due to work, then there may be a high chance that you could end up working in an office space. Or at least a hybrid type of deal. While some people may knock it, there are a lot of positives that come with working by and with other people. And, socializing is potentially one of them. So, our advice would be to get to know your co-workers. Hang out with them during team bonding or after-work drinks. You can even try to join them for a gathering if you are invited to do so. Making friends with your colleagues can be a great source of social interaction as well as the chance to get to know the city you have just moved to.

Therefore, if they offer a team bonding getaway you should go for it even if you have not been working in the company for long. This can be a great way to get to know people and see what they are like outside of office hours.

Hanging Out with Family Members and Neighbors

Four neighbors gathered at the table in the garden for lunch

Another way to socialize after moving is to hang out with your family members. We are not talking about people outside of your age group but like your cousins. Even if you have not seen them for a while, if you are living in a place where they are, reach out to them to meet up. Through them, you can meet their friends and maybe even bond with them. Likewise, you can also introduce yourself to your neighbors and become a part of the community. Meeting new people is a skill that a lot of people in this day and age seem to lack so meeting new people any way you can, can help improve this skill.

Joining Clubs, Classes, Group Gatherings

Four young people bonding while playing basketball


If the above ways of socializing after moving to a new place do not work for you, then there are other options to help you meet new people. One of the best tools at your fingertips is the internet where you can reach out to Expat groups either through Facebook, InterNations, or maybe even Reddit if you are willing to search. Likewise, you can also check in with what your embassy is offering in terms of gatherings such as a Halloween party or something like that. You can also check out Meetup to see what they have going on. Furthermore, you can research groups or hobbies that you are interested in such as:

  • Join a casual sports team
  • Cooking classes
  • Art classes
  • Acting classes
  • Photography
  • Language courses (if you have to learn a new language)
  • Walk tours
  • Hiking tours

Anything that is in public with a group of people can be a great way to socialize. Get yourself out there to meet people and joining a course or a class can be an easy way to do it. You can also pay attention to Facebook groups or Meetup events and take time out to check them out. 

Reconnecting with Old Friends

One way to meet new people in a new country or a state can be to re-meet old friends. If you have moved somewhere where someone from high school lives there why not reach out to them for a cup of coffee? They may want to catch up. It is worth a try and you never know if it leads into their friendship group. But, this may not be a common occurrence. 

Meeting a Friend of a Friend

A woman stretching in the outdoors after joining the fitness center in her new town

Before you move you would want to let your family and friends know. This is so you can say goodbye to them and you can also use the time to ask your friends if they know of anyone who lives in the place you are moving to. You can befriend your friend's friend. A friend of your friend is a potential friend of yours. And, you would have something in common with them which is a mutual pal. Your friend from home may know someone you could meet up with in your new city, or they may not know anyone. You never know until you ask, and do not be shy to do so.

When it comes to socializing in a new country you would want to think quantity over quality. Therefore, meet as many people as you can to find quality, long-term friends in your new home.

Get Moving to Your Next Social Destination with Shyft

Two neighbors sitting outside getting to know each other

Before you can start socializing and meeting new people you would have to get to your new home and settle in. You can get help with the latter by working with Shyft. Shyft is the world's first tech moving platform where we organize your move for you. Regardless of if you are doing an international move or a local one, we can help you out. Check out our website to see what we do, and learn what we have to offer you, you can also get in touch through our site. There is a short, secure, form on our opening page on the Shyft Moving website. Fill it out, let us know what time you want us to call you, and download our Shyft Next app.

This app is free to download on mobile and it works on both Android devices and iOS ones. And, it is secure. Likewise, you can contact us through Shyft Next to organize your meeting with us. This initial meeting is a video call done through the app and the call will only happen at the time that you say. Therefore, you can organize your day as usual, and we will work around your schedule.

During this meeting, you will see and meet your real-life Move Coach who is there to aid you with our Shyft moving process. Furthermore, they are the ones who will create your inventory list right there and then. So, you do not need to make another appointment for an in-person meeting. You just have to host a virtual tour of your current home, and we will do the rest. This meeting usually takes from half an hour to an hour depending on the size of your home. Within half an hour from the end of the meeting, you will get your inventory list sent to you.

The inventory list is already 95% accurate but you can make it 100% accurate by adding items, removing others, and even leaving notes that you deem important for your moving company to know. When you are finished send this updated inventory list to us, and we will get to work. 

The Next Step in Your New Country

Two women who went for a walk in the park to have fun in their new city

With this list and only your moving details (no personal information), we will present your moving project to our safe move board. This is where we gather moving quotes from experienced, verified by us, moving companies. We will send you three or more moving quotes along with information about the moving companies. Each quote comes from a different mover. Furthermore, all the moving quotes are fixed. 

What you see is what you pay, and there are no hidden costs. If your inventory list were to change this does not affect your price. When you have decided on the best moving company for you, let us know, and we will lock them down straight away for you. And, if you are planning on doing an international move then we will only look for international moving companies who can help you with customs.

A concert where people enjoy the music and socialize

Not only do we do personal moves, but we also offer corporate moving in the form of our Shyft Card. This is a secure platform where employers can directly transfer relocation funds to their individual employees making the move for their company. As an employer, you can also check in on how the funds are going. As well as to top them up if need be. Book a demo today to learn more and to get started.

We also have our safe online marketplace called Home & Lifestyle. You can buy a range of items for your home or your office. We have mattresses, office supplies, and a lot more. All the physical items will be delivered to your new home address in the USA. Plus, we also have a range of services on our online marketplace from mortgages, dog-walkers, and even storage units to name a few. All on our online marketplace comes with a discount. Therefore, you will be saving money while getting great services and new stuff. Check out what we have on offer in our Home & Lifestyle tab.

When you work with Shyft then we are on call to you seven days a week. Whenever you have a question or concern, or just want to check in you can ring us up. We may even have some advice when it comes to socializing if you are lucky. Get your move organized the professional way with Shyft by your side. Contact us today to get started.

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