If you’ve lived in a specific location for many years, meeting new people doesn’t seem to be necessary because you’ve already got a long list of established friends and acquaintances. Moving to a new city or location, on the other hand, means you need to find ways of meeting new people, which is often very difficult if you’ve moved past the formal education stage of your life.

For many people, making new connections can be very difficult and requires a considerable amount of emotional energy. If you’re looking for new and exciting ways to connect with people, below are the top eight suggestions.


  • Go for a walk


Get out and about, and you’ll be amazed at how many different people you meet. Wherever you relocate to, there is bound to be a local park where you can walk regularly. If you’re lucky to be moving to the countryside, check whether there are any hiking trails nearby. When you meet people out walking, take the time to strike up a conversation, and before you know it, you’ll have found someone with a similar passion to yours.  


  • Join a sport or activity club  


Many large towns and cities have sports clubs you can join, or if you’re not very athletic, check whether there is any book, art, wine, or dancing clubs to join. If you’re able to find a group that shares an interest of yours, there will be lots of opportunities to talk to other people. Suggesting meeting for a coffee will help break the ice, too.


  • Try volunteering  


Do you have a favourite charity or a cause that’s close to your heart? There may be volunteering opportunities in the area you’ve moved to. Volunteering is an incredible way to meet new people from all walks of life and feel like you’re making a difference in the local area. What’s more, you’ll also learn new skills and get valuable experience.


  • Talk to your neighbours  


Are the new friends you’re looking for living right next door? Start by greeting your neighbours when you pass in the street and then offer your help if you see them struggling with their shopping or mowing the lawn. Bake biscuits and take them round to your neighbours. By showing your willingness to make friends, you never know who you’re going to meet.


  • Walk your dog  


Having a pet is not only a furry companion for yourself but also a fun way to meet new people. Taking your dog for a walk in the local park is the perfect opportunity for people to come up and talk to you. Enjoy an outing with your pet, and you’ll soon make new friends.


  • Use social media to your advantage


Facebook is a great tool to use if you want to know whether there are people in your area looking to make friends. You might also be able to find acquaintances who lived in your previous hometown or old friends you didn’t know lived nearby.  


  • Hold a party


A welcoming party is one way to introduce yourself to new people in the area. Make it a casual dinner party or open house and invite your neighbours, work colleagues, and anyone else you’ve met along the way. You could also get in touch with a Swansea escort agency and find a companion for the evening.


  • Join the gym


The gym is a great place to meet new people if you’re not too busy gasping for breath! There could even be a café or juice bar there where you can hang out and connect with people once the workout is over.


Founder of Paisley.org.uk in 1998 and constantly strives to change peoples attitudes to the town, Brian is a self described Paisley Digital Champion who promotes Paisley via any means necessary. You can also follow me on X