Of all the blogs I’ve read or written about Canadians and Americans moving to London the one common theme is that to be truly successful in one’s international relocation they must join a group who can empathize with all the changes they are experiencing.  Nothing is quite as romantic and picking up with a significant other, leaving all the known behind and diving into the absolutely exciting “unknown”. Sounds romantic? Well it is in a sense, but that doesn’t mean that there will never be a time when Americans and Canadians aren’t homesick for the stars and stripes or maple leaf.

Most people, today, use social media in one form or another to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  They don’t have to stop there.  There are many exciting, fresh Meet Up groups with active social media presences.  Use Facebook or Twitter to look for some. It’s amazing how refreshing it can be to hear the friendly sound of an accent from home.

Most Meet-Ups are formed around a common denominator like Americans new to London due to corporate relocation.  There are so many Meet Up groups that there will surely be one to fit everyone in the family and every interest.

One Meet-Up Group I’ve been impressed with is made up exclusively of Canadians and Americans who have taken that big leap of romantic faith, navigated the potential pitfalls, and have come out on top with all new friends and acquaintances making London their new home. The name of the group is “The London Expat American Meetup Group” and even their group photo looks fun. As it goes with Meet Up groups sometimes the turn out is a bit more sparse, the very next month you may take over the entire establishment. The point is not how many people go, but that everyone there knows exactly what a new American in London is going through and the new things they’ll be experiencing for the first time since their relocation to London: a fish out of water just a bit.

If one think sports teams pull complete strangers together, or a hobby, try replanting and restarting a life somewhere completely foreign.  Everyone in the Expat American Meet Up Group has learned to reconnect in a new way, in a new environment, with completely new people. For Americans moving to London and Canadians Moving to London this Meet Up group is a must to investigate. Those fresh from the international relocation can even try connecting with members via Facebook with an open ended question such as, “What one thing would you have done differently if you had it to do over?” which will surely spark a slew of answers of things most may have never considered. Connecting with social media will also make going to an event after a relocation that much smoother.