One of the fastest ways to meet people is to sign up for a class.

Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, make it easy to connect with other expats and ask questions.

In particular, Facebook has a variety of groups targeted to expats in Belgium.

Often, there are folks who are looking to meet up in the ‘real’ world.

(Like any in-person meet-up, take normal precautions if you’re meeting someone in person for the first time.) Meeting people and making lasting connections can be difficult no matter where you live.

Brush up on your French or Dutch so you can speak with your neighbours, or take a cooking class to learn more about Belgian cuisine. ) The biggest benefit of taking a class is you will automatically have an interest in common with those around you.

Use your new-found time as a trailing spouse to learn how to do that thing you’ve always wanted to do or continue to follow a passion you’ve always had.

Most countries have social groups, and, whether or not they are actually affiliated, your embassy should be able to point you in the right direction.

Just remember, that while it can be comforting to surround yourself with people who immediately understand you, you still need to make an effort to meet people from other backgrounds. On the flip side, don’t assume these clubs are all ‘exclusive.’ Most country-specific clubs allow members who have some sort of affiliation with their nation, whether it’s a family connection, you’ve lived there in the past, or even if you’re just interested in visiting.

Making lasting friendships is one of the keys to living a successful expat life. In fact, one of our most frequently asked questions is, “how do I meet people in Belgium?