AUTHOR : theconnectar
07 December 2016
Do Interstate or International Travellers Struggle to Make New Friends?

Making the big decision to move states, or even move countries is a huge undertaking. Feelings of alienation that force you to dive into the deep end and explore the unknown are inevitable. Different regions, cities and cultures all come with their own dynamics—from languages through to social traditions, each of these aspects can play a role in initiating a sense of “shock”. People move countries and states all the time to pursue exciting work opportunities, study, to experience something different, or see the world. Some have friends or family already living there and others simply take a leap of faith.

 

Choosing to live solo after your move

 

For those who have recently moved and are not comfortable living with strangers, and have thus chosen to live on their own; feelings of loneliness are much more common. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the proportion of the population aged 15 years+ living alone has increased from 9% to 12%. Over the next 20 years this figure is projected to increase to 16% (3.1 million).

 

Many people opt to live by themselves due to practicality, personal preferences, money, or sometimes because they have no other option. Either way, such isolation in an unfamiliar place is likely to lead to increased feelings of loneliness.

 

Socialising is in our DNA

 

In a recent article by Emily Singer in Quanta Magazine, Director of the University of Chicago’s Centre for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, John Cacioppo, said human beings were not designed to be solitary creatures. He says that we evolved to function and survive in tribes and our need to interact is deeply encoded in our DNA. He even goes on to suggest that the absence of social connection in our lives triggers the same primal alarm bells on par with physical pain, hunger and thirst.

. This is where platforms such as The Connectar equip you with the means to not only broaden your social horizons, but find other travellers, backpackers, or wanderers who are in a similar situation to you and desperately reaching out for that human connection.

 

Finding new members for your tribe might not be so impossible after all, so long as you have the right tools to do so.