So you took the leap, now you need to get settled in.
1. Ask for advice and help.
You should find colleagues eager to help with local information. Neighbours are often pleased to be asked too. And staff in stores, banks, restaurants, and taxis will often be pleased to share local knowledge. If you don’t ask for advice, people may not want to force opinions on you, but if you do you will be surprised how many people will extend an invitation to join them and their group.
2. Join a club or group.
Find others who share your interests. If you are working for a large company, they may have a social department who organise sailing clubs, sports matches, quizzes and other functions. If not, all these activities may be organised by the staff, who will be pleased to welcome you.
3. Be Tourist-Discover the Area.
If you’re new area is a city or town it will probably have a tourist centre. You will find details of tour buses, guided walking tours and suggestions on what to see. Guided tours are full of interesting trivia and lesser-known facts about your new home. You get to see a different side of the city than you will encounter when working, shopping etc., and will find some great places, and meet some interesting people.
4. Become a Regular.
Find a great pub, restaurant or cafe. Introduce yourself, tip the staff, and chat to staff and customers. They will eventually recognise you and greet you by name.
By volunteering in some capacity, you are not only promoting a good cause but will meet people that have something in common with you. It can be as simple as helping at your hospital, serving meals at a soup kitchen or helping people to read .You will make friends while making a difference.
Relocating your social life can be difficult, but a positive attitude and these five tips should set you on your way.