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New to Dallas

Every city has its own character and unique culture. Being new to a city can be exciting and nerve wrecking at the same time. Adapting to a new environment means learning the city, meeting people, and low key freaking out on the inside, because everything is SO new. Luckily, we live in an era called 2016 and there are things like google maps and a million and one apps that can help you meet people and become familiar to the area.

It’s all about location location location.

Here are  a few middle ground places for the social butterfly and the timid.

Parks

On a beautiful Dallas day, you can catch people going on a jog, riding their bike or taking their dog out for a walk. Dallas loves to stay active and we appreciate our parks.  Dallas is also super dog friendly, so if you happen to have a dog there are parks like Mutts, where you can casually start conversation with someone while your dog runs frantically. Parks are an inviting and friendly place to meet people.

Gym/ Studio

We know, it’s not for everyone. If you’re new to Dallas, a great (and often times surprising) way to meet people is by joining a local gym or fitness studio. A lot of people work out alone, so it’s totally normal going solo. If you really want to meet people, there are group classes you can take where you can easily start conversation next to your cycling neighbor.

Apartment Social Event

Each month, most apartment complex’ will have a monthly social event, like “Free Beer Friday” or a “Cowboys Watch Party” and if you’re really lucky, “Free Saturday Brunch”! This is a great and easy way to meet people-and it’s super convenient. Imagine meeting your new BFF who lives just a few doors down-after work happy hour is so happening.

Coffee Shops

Even if you’re not huge on coffee, becoming a local at a nearby coffee shop can have its perks.  If you’re a regular, you might get that chai latte for free every once in while. When you become a familiar face, it’ll be easy to get to talking!

These are just a few places where you can meet people. If you want to make friends, you have to be intentional and step out of your comfort zone. It’s exciting and scary, but over time you’ll be glad you did!