Moving somewhere new and creating a network of strong friends is no easy task, and yet friendships are more important than ever when you're setting into a new town.
Find Activities and Hobbies You Love: Whether it's a workout studio or an art class, take some time to get really invested in hobbies and activities you love. From there, make an effort to get to know others who frequent the same spots or are attending the same classes. It might feel awkward to take a chance and start a conversation, but you already have something big in common which means you already have something to talk about! This is particularly difficult during COVID, but as soon as local spots open up near you, make sure you become a regular and get to know some familiar faces nearby.
Ask to Be Set Up: A blind date is one thing, but a blind friendship meetup is quite another. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't go for it! Ask everyone (and I mean everyone–your friends, family, colleagues, that random girl you knew in high school, or the kid you went to camp with one summer when you were 12) if they know anyone in your new area and if they say yes, ask for an introduction. While you won't necessarily meet your best friend this way, you'll at least get to grow your network a bit. Meeting one new person is the first step to making a new group of friends! And it's okay if the idea of this scares you–meeting new people is scary, but just think of how happy you'll be if this results in a lasting friendship!
Meet People Through an App or Facebook Group: Finding friends virtually is a very 2020 way to grow your community. Bumble BFF is specifically made for friendships, while local Facebook groups can introduce you to tons of nearby people. Couples have been meeting virtually for years now, so why not take a page out of that book to meet your new bestie?