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Most of our friendships start out from school or university, where you live or through mutual friends you already have. Sometimes, you may move to a new city and your friends become further and further away from you. Whilst long-distance friendships may work (thankfully there’s FaceTime and WhatsApp groups), it’s always good to have people around you. Who else will drink the second of your 2-for-1 happy hour cocktails?

Here are a few ways to make new friends in the second half 2018.

Networking

Eventbrite is your best friend. Not only do most networking events have wine and canapés, you might just stumble on a new friend with similar interests to you or even someone you could start a business venture with. Collaboration is key in this day and age and you never know what door the next conversation could open.

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Dinner party tips

Making Use of Social Media and Sliding in the DMs

Making friends on the internet is not as creepy as it sounds anymore. We practically live our lives on the internet, so why not take some of those online friendships offline. Slide in the DMs, meet up for a coffee, and this could be the spark of a new friendship. Plus, they’re likely to know nothing about the person you were from your past, just the person you are now, so there will hopefully be no judgement on their part.

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Sliding in the DMs

Checking out events e.g blogger events, fashion week parties, looking at your local community noticeboards at the gym or sweetshop. There are so many events on that aren’t advertised online; if you don’t find one that suits you. Create one. It doesn’t have to be expensive, time-consuming or OTT, it could be a simple as a coffee morning or a picnic.

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An important reminder:

Obviously be safe, tell a friend or family member where you’re going and use your intuition. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.