When you work from abroad as a remote worker, one of the potential problems that you may encounter is loneliness. An unfamiliar setting, being surrounded by people speaking another language, and the fact that you may be living alone could all make you more lonely.
So how can you beat it? The internet is a good place to start, and there are a few useful websites that you may want to visit that can help you to overcome loneliness when living and working abroad. Here are a few of the best.
Facebook, Twitter, et al
You can check your Facebook page and see what all your friends are up to back home to prevent you from feeling too far away from everyone, and at the same time, when you meet new people in your new location, it is common practice to meet up on Facebook and add them to your network of contacts. This can help to facilitate staying in touch with new friends when you are abroad.
Expat Websites & Forums
There are too many expat websites and forums to count, and the best one for you is likely to be dependent on your location. However, a good place to start is Expat Forum. Here you will find specific forums for most countries around the world, and this can be a great place to start to find out more about your local area and get in contact with other people who live nearby.
Even if you do not want to sleep on someone else’s couch, you can use CouchSurfing to meet people in your local area. Depending on where you live, there are likely to be lots of people advertising meet-ups and events, and it is a good way to meet other tourists, expats and locals in the area.
My Language Exchange
My Language Exchange is a great way to beat loneliness while learning something new at the same time. If you live somewhere where English is not the local language, you can use this website to meet up with with people who want to learn English. You will then be able to converse in both languages, thereby improving your skills at the same time as meeting new people.
There are often people advertising groups, meet-ups and activities on Craigslist, so this is always a good place to start your search for new contacts. The success you will have really depends on how active the Craigslist community is in your area. Sometimes there is a lot going on, whereas at other times you may not have much luck. Always try it out and see what you find.
There are often local sites for expat communities set up in countries and cities around the world. These may consist of language learning groups, volunteer organisations, clubs and societies. The best thing to do is simply start searching online for local websites and blogs and see what you can find, as these can be a great way to meet new people.
Don’t Be Lonely Abroad
It is very common to feel lonely at some point when you move abroad to work, especially in the early days. Use these websites to get you started, then keep looking around for opportunities to meet new people. Soon you will have built up a large network of contacts and you can forget about being lonely and focus on enjoying yourself.