Moving to a new town is a big step. It’s exciting, of course, but also a little scary. Many of us relocate for work, so there’s always that, but we also hope to have a life outside of work, right?
Getting to know the ins and outs of your new city is a good idea so you can find things to do for you and your family. You can make it fun and exciting too.
Here are a few tips for exploring your new city:
Check out the local newspaper (and publications like local guides)
Yes, a Google search is pretty useful, but to get to the real story of local goings-on, you’ll want to get a newspaper. There are also local publications like the ones you see in places such as diners and coffee shops. These publications go in depth about the who, what, where and why of the area. You may even meet interesting people in the places where you go to pick them up and read them!
Festivals, Outdoor Markets, and Local Events
Any place where the locals gather is an interesting place to discover new things about your new city. Outdoor, or farmers markets offer insight into the agrarian and artistic communities of your town. Some neighborhoods host festivals which reflect their ethnic origins with fascinating food and traditions to learn about. It’s a great way to learn about the people and places that surround you!
Buy (or rent) a bike
Driving gets you around quickly, but there’s nothing like riding a bicycle to become truly immersed in your surroundings. A leisurely pedal-pace around your neighborhood and town gives you time to notice things you’ll miss in your car. Take time to stop and visit a local bakery, deli, or coffee shop. You can burn the calories on the way home!
Take a stroll
We lose touch being by ourselves in our car or searching for everything on our phones or computers. Get out for a walk! Even more immersive than a bike ride, walking connects you with people you see. Don’t be afraid to make eye contact, say hello, or even ask a question!
Meet your neighbors
Everybody notices when a new person (or family) moves in. Many people will even stop by to say hi. If not, make the effort yourself. Your new neighbors can tell you where the best grocery store or dry cleaner is. Or where the best neighborhood “watering hole” might be. Making friends fast starts close to home.
Go to the library
In cities and towns of all sizes, the local library is often the center of local life and culture. Many libraries host events, classes, and displays of local cultural significance.
Find volunteer opportunities
A great way to connect with your new community is to further your interest and support of your passions. You can find volunteer opportunities in lots of different places – like the library and other organizations which host local events. Being around people in the community who share some of your passions is a great way to meet people and make friends.
Being in a new city is a bit stressful, but is also a new adventure. Take advantage of the opportunity to get to know the people, places, history and culture of your new neighborhood and town. You’re a part of it now!
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