There are very few things that I enjoy more in life than travelling- it’s my way of connecting with the world. Travelling teaches me to be humble, to be courageous, to seek adventure, and most of all, to trust my gut- especially when I find myself alone in a completely foreign city.
98% of the time I get very excited to be able to explore a new neighborhood, or city and learn a new language. However, it’s not all sunshine and roses- solo travel, or moving to a new city is HARD. Not knowing a single soul, and having to rely on your sense of adventure to keep you from being really lonely gets tiring after a while. I mean there are so many conversations you can have with random yourself or random strangers- and none of which are the ones that you be embarrassed to have taped.
We all get homesick, and we all get lonely at times- even if we’re surrounded with friends. Now multiply that feeling 100x when you don’t have a friend you can call to grab a coffee with, just hang out and watch a movie with, or discuss earth shattering things like the latest Kardashian escapades! Don’t deny it, you know you have a guilty pleasure that you love talking about! First world problems exist all over the world.
Luckily there are tons of way to meet new people- all it takes a bit of effort, and knowing where to look. Here are a few ways to get started:
Joining a club
My first introduction to the Toronto Social scene was through a charity fundraiser. There was a call-out for organizers to come help, and I was one of six would had the skills that replied. I met some of the coolest people, worked on a project that we were all really passionate about, and made some close friends. That said, you don’t need to go all nerdy- I’ve met some amazing people joining a dodge-ball team. I mean who wouldn’t want to be friends after being hit with a dodge ball in the face for an hour? All it takes a drink afterwards to make it all better!
Taking a class
Going back to school isn’t for everyone. I spent way too long in my graduate programs to want to sit in a academic class again, but there are tons of other “classes” that still interest me. I am particularly interested in web design, and photography, and really enjoyed my time in those classes. While I’m not a baker, I have taken baking classes at a recommendation of a friend, and had a blast. The best class, hands down, has been paint and wine. Let’s just leave it there.
The point is that there is something for everyone. You just need to find a social activity that interests you. Meeting people can be hard, but it really doesn’t have to be work. The key is finding things that you enjoy doing anyway, and doing it a social setting.