Just Moved? Get to Know Your New City

Savor Being a Tourist While You’re Settling into Your New Home

family with moving boxesFinally! Your household move is over. You’re in your new home and beginning to get your possessions unpacked and put away where you want them. That’s a lot to tackle, for sure. But there is one other thing you should be doing. And the quicker you do it, the more contented you’ll be. You should be getting acquanted with your new locale.

One would hope you looked into where you’d be going when you first set your mind or first learned you had to move. Now that you’re here, though, it’s time to really adapt …
  • Take a walk and explore your new neighborhood – get to know the “lay of the land,” introduce yourself to the neighbors, locate the closest parks and recreation areas, figure out the shortests route to your children’s’ schools (either by foot or by car)
  • Find the nearest businesses to meet your needs – supermarkets, shopping malls, gas stations, movie theaters coffee shops, fast food places, restaurants, libraries, bookstores, and so forth
  • Visit the closest “Welcome Center” and get hold of brochures highlighting local attractions that interest you – art museums, historical museums (especially those focused on local history), sports arenas, bike and walking trails, convention centers, and theaters or auditoriums devoted primarily to stage presentations, for instance
internet compatable devicesThen again, one of the speediest and easiest (if less vivid and personal) ways to investigate your new community isn’t by foot or by car – it’s by way of the Internet. Google, Google Maps, Yelp, and Citysearch are among today’s choice online resources for tracking down local attractions. They’ll direct you to^pinpoint}78} all the most popular gathering places your community has to offer. Don’t just take the word of online reviews, though. Personally check out the recommended places and make up your own mind whether you like them or not.

Not really comfortable with the Internet or phone apps? That’s all right, just stay with actual physical exploration. That’s frequently the best way to get to know a place, anyhow. Getting out and about and talking with people in person generally leaves a much stronger impression than does picking information off a computer or phone screen. Still, the Internet can at least give you a preview of what’s out there.

Here’s another thought. If you really want to get acquainted with people in your new hometown, look for local clubs and organizations that reflect your interests, your hobbies, or your worldview and join them. You might also contemplate involving yourself in this or that local community service, making yourself useful to the school system, daycare centers, nursing homes, homeless shelters, rescue missions, government agencies, or whatever might best exercise your talents. Funny thing about community service (and you instinctively know it’s true!): what you give to the community has a way “giving back” to you. And it won’t be long before you start feeling that your new hometown is home indeed and you’re a tourist there no more.