My first piece of write aims to provide those who are traveling to London with some helpful advice on making friends and meeting new people during their journey. From learning different slang terms to meeting people online in advance, this guide makes meeting new people a cinch.

London is by far one of the most diverse cities in the world. While I was planning my trip overseas to enjoy this beautiful city of wonder, I started thinking about how well I would fit in with the locals and if it would be easy to make friends during my trip. To my surprise, by simply taking advantage of some helpful tips and advice, I was about to make friends nearly everywhere that I went during my journey! By using my tips, you will find out how I was able to make friends on my trip to London and how you can too.

Diversity Preparation

When I first went on my trip to London, I was not sure just what I was going to be getting into. In fact, there was so much diversity within the city that I felt a little bit out of place at first. The key to meeting friends and getting to know new people is to simply not feel intimidated by your surroundings or by the people that you may run into. Simply be prepared with the diversity that you will experience upon entering the city. In fact, over 350 languages are spoken throughout London, as it saw a large immigration from India, the Middle East and the Caribbean during the 20th century. Be aware that you will meet lots of different types of peoples from all walks of life.

Social Networking

The help of the internet makes it easy to meet new people before arriving in your desired destination. Before going on my trip to London, I was able to use my social networking profile to search for London locals that shared the same interests with me. By connecting with these people online before going on my trip, I was able to get to know them a little bit before deciding if we should meet up or not. The great thing about meeting new people online in advance is that they will be able to show you around to local hot spots, giving you a real feel for local life in the city of London.

Learning the Language

While people in London typically speak English and communication is quite simple, there may be certain terms and phrases that you are just not familiar with. In order to meet new people on my trip to London, I first became familiar with the language and different terms that the locals would use. By knowing exactly what unfamiliar phrases and slang mean, it will be easier to get along with different types of people. You will also want to brace yourself for the different types of accents that you will come in contact with while meeting people in London. Many individuals may speak in different dialects, as they are not originally from London, but from various destinations around the United Kingdom.

The key to making friends wherever you may travel is to simply put yourself out there. By dining out, visiting local spots such as pubs and clubs, heading out to the museums and browsing the streets, you are sure to run into people that you may get along with.