Moving Buddies: How to Make New Friends in a New City

Moving to a new city is hard. You’ve made a whole life for yourself, and now have to say goodbye to start making a new one. You have to pack and unpack all of the boxes. You have to find a new grocery store, a new doctor and a new takeout Indian restaurant. And that’s the easy stuff. The really hard part of moving is trying to make new friends. It’s not so different from dating. You have to pick a good spot, make yourself a little vulnerable and hope that a like-minded person walks through the door. With that in mind, here are just a few ways to improve your odds of making friends in a new city.

Join a Group

Most metropolitan neighborhoods have an endless supply of running groups, trivia nights and film appreciation societies that are full of like-minded adults. Do a little research to find the group that matches your interests. Better yet, see this as an opportunity to learn a new sport or develop a new passion. New people show up to groups all the time, so you’re more than likely to meet someone simply by virtue of being one of “the new guys.” And don’t forget about volunteering, which is a great way to meet new people and also have an immediate impact on your new community.

Be Proactive

Just because you’re new in town doesn’t mean you have to wait for someone to initiate a friend-date. You’re actually in a great position because everything is new to you, so it’s normal that you want a local to serve as a tour guide. If you’re feeling ambitious, grab a few tickets and tell a prospective friend that you’re looking for someone to tag along to your first game in your new city. Who knows? You might each end up with a new best friend.

Start With Friends of Friends

A great place to start making friends is by borrowing them from other friends. This is where social media can come in handy because you can connect to new people through a common acquaintance. Let everyone know you’re moving to a new city so you’re sure to have plenty of responses like “My sister lives in Milwaukee!” or “My old roommate just moved there, too!” With some luck, you’ll have a new friend waiting to help you move in when you arrive.

Eat at German Restaurants

This might seem oddly specific, but it’s a good tip. German restaurants have long, communal tables that encourage mixing and mingling. There’s also plenty of sing-alongs and dark beer to ensure everyone is in a great mood. If you’re hanging out with a new friend or group of friends, the sheer spectacle can serve as a bonding experience and you’ll definitely bypass the awkward silence phase.

Monitor Your Coworkers

Making friends with new coworkers is always trickier than it seems. You would think that the camaraderie of working together would give you a lot to talk about, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a lot of common interests or shared values. Plus, the professional nature of the work environment can make it hard to gauge anyone’s personality. Still, a new job is a great place to start building a new friend-base. Without a doubt, anyone who invites you out to happy hour on your first day is a good potential friend.

Indulge in Luxury Anywhere You Go With These Portable Goods

The upkeep of a luxurious life requires some work, as opulence is grandiose in both its demeanor and size. The transportation and storage of luxury goods can be complicated because these items typically take up a substantial amount of space. But if you want to avoid some of these hassles, here is a list of portable items that allow you to indulge in leisure from anywhere:

Spa

Find pure bliss and comfort in the privacy of your backyard with your own jet spa. While many spa and hot tubs are bulky and immobile, the PureSpa is inflatable and therefore easy to transport and set up. The tub seats up to four adults and holds 210 gallons of water. The spa boasts four individual massage jets and 120 bubble jets. And its control panel enables you to adjust the settings for a massage that suits your needs.

Record Player

Experience the rich sound of vinyl anywhere and anytime with the Crosley Cruiser transportable turntable. The stylish, briefcase-style shell comes in a variety of patterns and colors so you can personalize your record player. The Crosley players are constructed of wood and bound in leather with a three-speed turntable and built-in stereo speakers. This compact case eliminates the need for a bulky speaker system and stereo to attach to your turntable. The modern design also lets you plug in your portable audio device or MP3 player. Plus, it is easy to store since it only weighs 16 pounds and has compact dimensions of 17 by 13 by 8 inches.

Fireplace

A fireplace gives your space a soothing ambiance and a sense of serenity. The indoor Zeta Bio-Ethanol Fireplace allows you to enjoy this luxury anywhere you may be. The Zeta’s curved inner shell is composed of polished stainless steel, which complements the leather exterior. The free-standing fireplace utilizes bio-ethanol fuel, which is an eco-friendly and renewable energy source that yields up to 20 burn hours. The Zeta is also able to swivel 360 degrees, so you can direct the heat and view the flame from any angle. This device is compact and easy to transport — It measures 32 inches in height, 36 inches in width and 42 inches in depth. The Zeta is a perfect alternative to large, immovable and bulky traditional fireplaces.

Washing Machine

Washing machines are one of the most expensive utilities because of their upfront and energy costs. Traditional washing machines also are difficult to transport and store, due to their large size. A portable and greener alternative for washing your clothes is a hand-powered laundry machine. The Wonder Wash allows you to regulate the amount you wash and how much water is used. This tumble-wash system is ideal for delicates, but it is large enough to handle the equivalent of 10 T-shirts, 30 pairs of socks or three pairs of jeans. The Wonder Wash is the smallest washing machine available and is ideal for those on the go, since it is portable and easy to store.

Espresso Maker

The Mypressi Twist is one of the most compact, stylish and efficient espresso makers on the market. It is known as the first, truly-portable espresso machine that produces espresso that rivals traditional models. The device is easy to tote and store, as it weighs only four pounds and measures around 12 inches long. Twist was voted the best new consumer product in 2010 by the Speciality Coffee Association, and it is perfect for the home, office and outdoors since it requires no external power or power cords.