Three female friends smiling together
There’s a common assumption that in order for a relationship to be a  "true friendships" it needs to last a long time. In reality, a real friendship can be sincere, impactful, and at once, temporary.
Woman traveling alone
Moving to a new city is challenging but finding friends can help you begin to feel like part of the community. Here are nine ways to meet new friends in a new city.
New friends smiling
Making friends while living abroad is no easy task. Between language and culture barriers, it might seem easier to simply stick to your own kind — but that’s no way to travel! In order to make the most of your time away from home, follow these few simple rules to open yourself up, make friends, and build connections...
Women at a table talking
The first time I met Michaela, she told me she loved to speak Spanish and had been learning it since she was a child. As a lover of languages myself, I instantly felt close to her and wanted to get to know her better. Michaela and I would laugh together as we exchanged untranslatable words and expressions, like slang...
Becoming a newcomer is never easy. Learning the lay of the land takes time and patience. Yet meeting locals can help smooth the transition.
When you move to a new country you know nothing. You know so little that you don’t even know that you know nothing. Adjusting to life in a new country means you encounter people constantly telling you “how things work here” who realize you have no knowledge with which to defend yourself.
Yoanne Clovis sitting on the quays of Vancouver.
Learning the unique social codes of a new country can be a challenge for any newbie. For Yoanne, not only has she done it in many different countries but she has now decided to help others do the same. Yoanne Clovis is the founder of Serene Expat, a service dedicated to helping people enjoy all the thrills of starting...