One of the hardest part about being an expat is finding friends in your new country. It can make or break your experience, and it’s not always easy to throw yourself into the local culture and be the life of the party in a country you’re not familiar with.

So when I was approached by Patook, an ‘expat friends finding’ app, I was intrigued!

Patook is available online or as an app on various devices, and it works similar to many social media sites where it connects you with friends with similar experiences or interests. The best part, though, is that it’s geared specifically for expats. Instead of just listing your name and the fact that you like cat memes, it allows space to explain where you are, where you came from, and where you’re headed next!

On the home page, you can see people near you who might share some interests, along with their ‘score’ in terms of how much you’d match.

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The interface is pretty intuitive and easy to use. There’s no learning curve, you just plug in your information and get started. You can put as much or as little information as you’d like. I particularly love that “pet peeves” is listed, as Brits love to connect over complaining, so Patook should be a hit in London!

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You can also see people who have visited your profile in case you’d like to reach out to them. I’m obviously not popular, but you get the idea.

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If you’d rather ‘go on the hunt’ yourself instead of waiting for people to come to you, you can set up a filter to ensure you’re seeking out friends most similar to you.
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I’m not affiliated with or receiving any sort of compensation from Patook, but it’s starting to grow and it’s a really interesting concept for any expat out there who might be stuck in their town/city looking for others to spend time with. I think it would be most useful for someone who has just made the move, as sometimes all it takes is that first connection to then be exposed to their friends, who introduces you to their friends, and so on.

As with any social media platform, the more people who participate, the better the experience will be, so if it sounds like something that could help you in your own quest for travel buddies and expat friends, check it out and tell them I sent you! (I don’t know why you would need to tell them I sent you, I’ve just always wanted to say that).

Good luck!

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