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Female Travellers and Making Friends Abroad

By: Beth Morrisey MLIS - Updated: 1 Jan 2013 | comments*Discuss
 
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Women who travel overseas often enjoy making new friends and women who are spending an extended period of time overseas will need to make new friends in order to lead a full and satisfying life while abroad. Friends, however, are not necessarily something that can be gathered immediately. No matter where you are in the world, making new friends requires significant investments of time and energy, as well as the usual factors like shared experiences, a similar world view, mutual respect and understanding and complimentary tastes and senses of humour. Despite numerous constraints, it is entirely possible for women to make new friends on holiday, make new friends in co-workers while working abroad and make new friends by joining an international womens club.

Making New Friends on Holiday

It may seem like holidays are too short to make real friends but this does not need to be the case. Women who travel together already have a lot in common, a desire to see the world and experience new things. These experiences can often be enough to cement a friendship, and simply keeping in touch upon the return home can help it flourish. Often women are embarrassed to try to find new friends whilst travelling, or wonder if they have room for new friends in their lives. If you meet someone while you are on holiday who you think would be a great new friend, don’t let fear get in the way of making an overture. The worst that can happen is it doesn’t work out.

Finding New Friends in Co-Workers

Women who move abroad to work are in the sometimes enviable situation of being in close contact with new people from their first day of work. Co-workers might be other expatriates or they might be local residents, but each and every one of them is a potential new friend. In fact, women who have lived abroad often find that their co-workers provide such a large social circle that they have to try hard to meet new people who are not connected to their careers. Travelling in the region, joining in volunteer efforts and taking up new hobbies or classes are all ways that busy working women can extend their friendship networks while abroad.

Joining International Women’s Clubs

Women who travel overseas with their families, particularly women who travel for a husband’s career, may feel isolated while abroad. Joining an international womens club is often a great way for such women to meet peers and get involved in a number of new activities. In some locations international women’s clubs host activities every day and often they arrange for travel opportunities in the region. Usually these opportunities offer a unique environment for women to get to know each other and more about themselves, which allows for long-lasting friendships to form.

Making friends abroad can be as easy as introducing yourself to someone new. However, you should always take proper safety precautions and get to know new friends gradually while you travel so that you do not put yourself, your personal information or your loved ones in danger.

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