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3 Free Apps To Make Friends As An Expat

3 Free Apps To Make Friends As An Expat

Moving to a new country can seem like an awkward dance that never ends. Between finding housing, a job, and learning a new language (if you’re one of the unfortunates), it may feel that even achieving the basic comforts is a fairytale far from reach. It’s not just about relocating; it’s enough to travel for a month on foreign land, even a week, to long for human contact that is beyond your hotel’s receptionist. Not to mention those of us who are just plain lonely in their hometown!

When it comes to making friends as an expat, the obstacles become even more apparent. You’ll imagine that the city is filled with impossible cliques, pre-established friendships and everyday barriers blocking your path to new relationships. However, there are platforms that can make the integration process just a bit smoother. These are the apps, designed just for you, that will lead you toward friendship and meaningful bonds no matter where you are in the world.

Meetup

Meetup combines old-school methods of socializing with the ever growing technology sector. This app understands that the easiest way to make friends is by joining an established event and meeting like-minded people who are also on the hunt for new friends.

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Meetup gives expats an easy way to seamlessly immerse themselves in a new culture and solidify ‘a group’ along the way. Meetup operates in cities all around the world, with events ranging from hiking-oriented groups to meetups for techies.

Personally, I’ve attended dozens of meetups in London and in Tel Aviv. The experience is great, It’s just so easy to schedule, organize, meet and even speak at your own meetup. You get to piggyback the Meetup community and it saves you a lot of “advertising” your own event on your social profiles.

Butter

Want to make friends without the obligation of meeting up? Enter Butter, an app for making friends faster, but focused on connecting people from around the world. With its advanced chatting features, Butter allows you to talk to thousands of expats, travelers or residents from across the globe. If ever you are feeling lonely or homesick, Butter is the best community for sharing the observations and problems faced when living abroad.

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With arranged icebreakers such as “photo questions”, where users upload images with accompanying questions attached, connecting with other expats is a smooth and fun experience. Butter is not a single one-on-one chat, but an interactive experience with people in your area or other expats from around the world.

Friendable

Friendable is an app that attempts to recreate the warm and cozy feeling of BFF with already-established friends and total strangers. This app is perfect for expats trying to find their way around a new town with a friendly group of friendship seekers.

You can arrange group gatherings or more intimate meetups using local businesses such as coffee shops and pubs as social touch-points. You’ll also have the ability to chat before you meet in person, so you can discover similar interests and make plans that suit everyone.

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The 21th century is a cold, overloaded and high-tech-style era. People no longer roam the street acting nice and greeting everyone hello. While there is a lot of criticism of where technology has taken this all thing, there’s a lot of good to it too.

Thankfully, these apps provide ways of making new friends, whether it’s online or in person. With an abundance of resources, making lasting relationships in the new place you’ve settled is made simple and fun. Who knows what will they come up with next?

Do you have any favorite App you use to meet new people? Let us know in the comments.

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Last Updated on October 16, 2018

What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

Are you afraid of being alone?  Do you worry about your physical safety or do you fear loneliness? These are strong negative feelings that can impact your health.

One study found that when older people are socially isolated, there is an increased risk of an earlier death,[1] by as much as 26%.

If you experience loneliness and are worried about your fear of being alone, study these 6 ways to help you find your comfort zone.

But first, the good news!

How many times have you said to yourself, ‘I just can’t wait to be alone’? This might be after a day’s work, an argument with your partner or after a noisy dinner with friends. You need time to be yourself, gather your thoughts, relish the silence and just totally chill out. These are precious moments and are very important for your own peace of mind and mental refreshment.

But for many people, this feeling is not often present and loneliness takes over. As Joss Whedon once said,

‘Loneliness is about the scariest thing out there’.

Read on and discover how you can exploit being alone to your own advantage and how you can defeat loneliness.

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1. Embrace loneliness

When you are alone, it is important to embrace it and enjoy it to the full.

Wallow in the feeling that you do not have to be accountable for anything you do. Pursue your interests and hobbies. Take up new ones. Learn new skills. Lie on the couch. Leave the kitchen in a mess. The list can go on and on, but finding the right balance is crucial.

There will be times when being on your own is perfect, but then there will be a creeping feeling that you should not be so isolated.

When you start to enjoy being alone, these 10 amazing things will happen.

Once you start feeling loneliness, then it is time to take action.

2. Facebook is not the answer

Have you noticed how people seek virtual contacts instead of a live, face-to-face interaction? It is true that social networking can provide an initial contact, but the chances of that becoming a real life personal contact is pretty slim.

Being wrapped up in a cloud of sharing, liking and commenting (and insulting!) can only increase loneliness.

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When you really want company, no one on Facebook will phone you to invite you out.

3. Stop tolerating unhappy relationships

It is a cruel fact of life that people are so scared of loneliness that they often opt into a relationship with the wrong person.

There is enormous pressure from peers, family and society in general to get married or to be in a stable, long-term relationship. When this happens, people start making wrong decisions, such as:

  • hanging out with toxic company such as dishonest or untrustworthy people;
  • getting involved with unsuitable partners because of the fear of being alone or lonesome;
  • accepting inappropriate behavior just because of loneliness;
  • seeking a temporary remedy instead of making a long-term decision.

The main problem is that you need to pause, reflect and get advice. Recognize that your fear of being alone is taking over. A rash decision now could lead to endless unhappiness.

4. Go out and meet people

It was the poet John Donne (1572 – 1631) who wrote:

‘No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent’.

Human contact is essential to surviving in this world. Instead of wallowing in boredom and sadness, you need to get out as much as possible and seek contacts.

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Being a member of a group, however tenuous, is a great way. So when you are in the gym, at church or simply at a club meeting, exploit these contacts to enlarge your social circle.

There is no point in staying at home all the time. You will not meet any new people there!

Social contacts are rather like delicate plants. You have to look after them. That means telephoning, using Skype and being there when needed.

Take a look at this guide on How to Meet New People and Make Friends with The Best.

5. Reach out to help someone in need

A burden shared is a burden halved.

Dag Hammarskjold was keenly aware of this fact when he said:

‘What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden but this: I have only my own burden to bear’.

Simply put, it is a two-way street. Helping others actually helps yourself, here’s why.

Reach out to help and people will be there when you need them.

6. Be grateful and count your blessings

Study after study shows that if people show gratitude, they will reap a bountiful harvest. These include a stronger immune system, better health, more positive energy and most important of all, feeling less lonely and isolated.

If you do not believe me, watch the video below, ‘What good is gratitude?’  Now here is the path to hope and happiness:

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