Tips For Feeling At Home In Your New City

Posted by on Jul 13 | 2015

No matter how hard you’re working, you still want to be able to have fun and explore your new city. When you’ve relocated to a new city, or even a new country, it can sometimes be hard to know where to begin. Here are a few tried-and-true ways to discover all your new city has to offer!

 How To Feel At Home In A New City

Get Out and Explore

First, do some research. Getting lost in an unfamiliar place is never fun (fortunately, the age of technology makes getting lost hard; you can pull maps up on your phone at any time). If you don’t want to use data to look up directions while on the go, look them up using WiFi at home and take a screenshot of it so you can see the maps offline.

Maybe you’re looking for a great meal in a cool part of town. A quick search of Yelp or Zomato should point you in the right direction. Websites with user reviews are extra helpful because they’ll not only describe the quality of food, but also the vibe of the restaurant, whether you’re looking for casual, high end, or hip.

You could always hop in a cab, but if you live close to the area you’re going, consider taking transit or walking. Figuring out the streets and transit system of a new city will quickly make you feel more comfortable and in control.

Once you have a command of the city you can explore further, finding favourite shortcuts and locations you can regularly visit. Studies show that having certain places you commonly visit in a city can make it feel more comfortable, even if you’re only visiting for a short period of time.

Learn a New Skill, or Practice an Old One

Taking a class or joining a club has more than one advantage. Not only will you have opportunity to learn new things or get better at the hobby you already love, but you will also meet people with similar interests and feel part of a community.

For athletics, Yelp is a good place to start. You can search for gyms, yoga studios, tennis clubs and so on by neighbourhood. Be sure to check websites like Groupon regularly. They offer great introductory details on things you maybe thought you’d never try so you explore many different activities until you find one you like, or until you find a team you’d like to join.

Craiglist and Kijiji also have community listings where it’s easy to find classes and workshops. If you’re feeling sporty, there are running, cycling, and hiking groups. For the artistic types, look into local photography and art studios for classes. Word of mouth is a great way to find out about amazing opportunities you wouldn’t know of otherwise.

Make the Move Itself the Least of Your Worries

Relocating yourself is stressful enough without having to worry about moving your material objects. Hiring Armstrong Moving takes the pressure off of you and frees you up to focus on you and your loved ones, or your new position within a new office. From packing to documentation assistance, Armstrong will help you through every part of your move, and give you peace of mind along the way.

Sometimes it may take a while to feel at home in a new city. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it will certainly happen quicker if you are proactive about exploring new places and meeting new people. Even during a move made for work, a new city can be a fun and exciting place!

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