Making friends in a new city

Meeting people is a new city can be daunting, but if you harness the power of the internet, a whole new social scene could open up with just a few keyboard strokes.

Bringing people together by location, interest, age group, profession, etc., MeetUp is a great place to start if you’re new to a city, passing through on a trip, or are simply looking to expand your social network.

Operating all over the world, you can meet people from New York, Mumbai, or even good-old Melbourne. And even if you’re not ready to venture out and meet new people, you can spend many a happy hour sorting through the groups that look like fun.

Here are some examples of what is happening in cities across Australia:

Travelling social group men and women over 50 – Melbourne

As the name suggests, if you’re over 50 and like travelling for fun, then perhaps this is the group for you.

Parasense Sydney

If you’re in touch with your spiritual side, or have an inkling towards the other side, then you may already know this group exists.

50–60 Somethings’ Happy Hours and Good Times– Adelaide

As the by-line suggests, these are the fun people to know in Adelaide! And so popular is this entertaining group, that its not taking any new members at the moment, but maybe there’s a waitlist?

Perth Social Anxiety/Shyness Social Group

Shyness can be crippling when it comes to trying to meet new people, so having a group where this is recognised by all may just be enough to boost your confidence.

Brisbane Poly People

This proves there is a group for everyone. If you’re interested in an alternative to monogamy and want to meet people who have embraced the polyamorous lifestyle, then there’s nothing to lose from giving it a go.

Or if you’d rather go it alone and meet people in the old-fashioned way – by starting a conversation – you might find our article, ‘Solo travel conversation starters’ useful.

You might also like our article ‘Eating alone when travelling solo’

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