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6 Ways and Places to Meet New People
1. Take a hike.
In most cities and even small towns, you’ll find tons of beautiful hikes nearby. On a nice day, you’ll likely encounter other hikers who are interesting and chatty.
When you’re on the trail with someone, it’s easy to strike up an authentic conversation without the distractions of daily life. When you’re surrounded by the beauty of nature, it inspires connection.
If you enjoy hiking, meeting new people on a trail means you’ve found a friend who shares your passion for the great outdoors. That’s one point in their favor already. Just remember, before you go your separate ways to suggest getting together again.
2. Get involved in a sport or activity club.
If you don’t meet someone on the trail by yourself, join a hiking club where you hike with a group. If hiking isn’t your thing, you can join a running or biking group, a softball team, or a tennis league.
Find a group who shares a physical activity you enjoy and become a regular. Strike up conversations with other members and suggest meeting for coffee, wine, or beer after an event or meeting.
3. Join a book club.
If you love books, a book club is a wonderful way to meet new people with a similar interest. You can find book clubs through your local bookstore, online, or through Meetup.com to meet people.
It may take a few tries with different book clubs before you find the right “fit” with a group who shares your taste in books and socializing. If you don’t find the right fit for you, start your own club and invite other members to join.
4. Volunteer in your community.
There are so many fun opportunities for volunteering with large groups of people where you might find your tribe.
Volunteer in areas that are meaningful and interesting to you. You can volunteer as a coach, for a cultural event, or for a local art show.
5. Join a MeetUp.
Whatever kind of group activity interests you, you’ll find it at MeetUP.com .Scroll through the various events in your city to find something that lights your fire, or type in your interest and see what’s available.
You’ll find book clubs, networking groups, and social groups through MeetUp.
6. Talk to your neighbors.
Sometimes the places to meet new friends are right in our own backyards. Have you reached out to your neighbors lately?
If you see your neighbor working in the yard, walk over and speak to them and offer to help. Or make a little extra soup or an extra dozen cookies and walk them to the family down the street.
By extending yourself just a little, you might meet some wonderful new friends within a short walk of your home.